Homemade Chocolate Pudding Pops

Summer has arrived in its full, golden glory here in Milwaukee, which means its residents—all recent survivors of a Wisconsin winter—are BUSY. We have outdoor patios to lounge on, flip flops to wear, city festivals to attend, and homemade chocolate pudding pops to eat.

Homemade Healthy Fudgsicle recipe — creamy dark chocolate pudding pops made with chia seeds and almond milk. EASY, healthy recipes that's vegan, gluten free, and dairy free! @wellplated
Because summers here are preciously short, the city truly comes to life and residents, myself included, strive to maximize every single day. Last week, I attended the Milwaukee Downtown Night Market, an outdoor street festival with food trucks, local artists, and live music.

The longest line was at a homemade ice pop stand, and after enjoying my pop (worth the wait!), I realized that my own pop mold had been sitting sadly in our storeroom since last year. I resurrected it to make these chocolate pudding pops, and they were sweet reminder of why I love homemade ice pops so much. They’re easy, endlessly customizable, healthy, and absolutely delicious!

Creamy Chocolate Fudgsicle. A healthy chocolate popsicle made with chia seeds, almond milk, and agave. Only 5 ingredients! Naturally sweetened, gluten free, dairy free, and vegan. @wellplated

If you have been debating buying an ice pop mold, please do so no longer. For less than you would pay for two boxes of some storebought pops, you can make an endless supply of homemade pops that a) taste better and b) are made with real ingredients and better for you.

Last year, I got hooked on fruit and yogurt pops, but this summer so far has been all about the chocolate…and chocolate dipped in more chocolate. With sprinkles. Definitely sprinkles.

Healthy Chocolate Popsicles. These creamy pudding pops are made with almond milk, chia seeds, and naturally sweetened with agave. Dairy free, gluten free, and vegan @wellplated

One of the best aspects of making your own fudge pops is that you control the ingredients. I wanted to keep my chocolate pudding pops on the healthy side, so I used Almond Breeze Chocolate Almondmilk, which tastes ultra rich and decadent, but is only 100 calories per serving. I’m working with Almond Breeze this year to develop a series of recipes, and these chocolate pudding pops might be my most deceptively, deliciously healthy creation yet.

To give the chocolate pudding pops their characteristic creamy fudge texture, instead of heavy cream, packaged pudding mix, or corn syrup, I used chia seeds, which are loaded with nutrients and fiber and have the delightful characteristic of plumping into a pudding-like consistency when soaked in liquid. The chia seeds, combined with the chocolate almondmilk, transformed into the perfect chocolate pudding base for my healthy pops.

Decadent and healthy creamy chocolate pudding popsicles made with almond milk and chia seeds. Dunk in rich dark chocolate for a special treat! @wellplated

While these chocolate pudding pops taste plenty sweet on their own, I couldn’t resist dunking them in a little extra chocolate—OK, a lot of extra chocolate—then showering them with a rainbow of sprinkles. Chopped nuts, crushed chocolate sandwich cookies, peanut butter cups, and freeze dried raspberries or strawberries would make tasty toppings too.

For those with dietary restrictions, these homemade pudding pops are naturally gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and sweetened with agave nectar, so all can partake. I see them as a sweet treat at your next outdoor gathering, a cool reward on a summer evening that you’ll feel great eating, and another outstanding reason to buy that ice pop mold you’ve been eyeing.

Homemade Healthy Fudgsicles — SO easy and way better than anything you’ll find at the store. Made with chocolate almond milk and chia seeds, then dipped in dark chocolate. EASY recipe! Vegan, gluten free, dairy free. @wellplated

Take it from we summer-loving souls up north: the season goes quickly, so take as many bites (and licks) as you can before it ends!

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Homemade Chocolate Pudding Pops

Rich and creamy homemade chocolate pudding pops made with chocolate almond milk, chia seeds, and agave. EASY, healthy, and kids love them!

Yield: 6 pops

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 hours or more (includes freezing time)

Ingredients:

FOR THE POPS:

  • 2 1/2 cups Almond Breeze Chocolate Almondmilk
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons light agave nectar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 tablespoons chia seeds

FOR THE CHOCOLATE SHELL (optional):

  • 6 ounces semi sweet chocolate (dairy free if needed)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Assorted garnishes: Sprinkles, freeze dried raspberries, roasted chopped almonds, extra chopped dark chocolate, chopped chocolate sandwich cookies, chopped peanut butter cups

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the chocolate almondmilk, cocoa powder, agave, and salt. Heat over medium low, whisking continually, until the cocoa dissolves, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour the mixture into a medium bowl, then whisk in the chia seeds. Let cool to room temperature.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic and refrigerate the mixture until the mixture is completely chilled and the chia seeds are plumped, about 2 hours more, whisking once halfway through and breaking up any clumps. (You can also let the mixture sit overnight). Once chilled, divide evenly between 6, 8-ounce or larger ice pop molds (you can also pour into a smaller mold—you will just have more than 6). Freeze pops until completely solid, at least 8 hours or overnight. Let sit at room temperature a few minutes before unmolding. If the pops stick to the mold, run the plastic ends of the mold under warm water for a few seconds, until they loosen.
  3. To make the chocolate dip, melt the semi sweet chocolate and coconut oil together. Drizzle over the pops or dip the pops directly into the chocolate. While the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle with any desired toppings (or place toppings on a plate or in a bowl and “dunk” the pops into them). Place in a plastic bag or on top of a parchment lined plate or baking sheet and return to freezer for a few minutes to set the chocolate if needed. Enjoy!
All images and text ©/Well Plated.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 pop (without chocolate dip or toppings)

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 130
  • Total Fat: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 156mg
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Sugar: 16g
  • Protein: 4g

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If you like these Chocolate Pudding Pops, don’t miss this recipe for Berry Yogurt Pops!

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I am sharing this post in partnership with Almond Breeze. As always, all opinions are my own, and thanks for supporting the brands and companies that make it possible for me to continue to create quality content for you! This post formerly contained a giveaway, which has now ended. One (1) winner was selected. Winner must be 18 years or older and a U.S. resident.

This post contains some affiliate links, which means that I make a small commission off items you purchase at no additional cost to you.

About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

217 comments

  1. Absolutely LOVE homemade popsicles, but I’ve never tried my hand at homemade fudgesicles! I would eat those like it was my JOB when I was little. I could probably still eat a ton of them with this recipe though cause they’re healthier, right? ;)

    • I will make these chocolate treats, look so delicious.
      My grandsons will love decorating them too!
      Survey success as well.

  2. This are adorable! I love the drippy chocolate and bright rainbow sprinkles. :)

  3. Yum!  I think this will be the year I get a popsicle mold.  I’m wondering if I could add some protein powder to this to make it a protein-containing snack.  It seems to me like that would work.  I’ve made individual frozen desserts/snacks before, which was fine except for one thing: I have to plan ahead to do that.  With popsicles, though, one can make a batch of them so less planning ahead is required.  I think that’s genius!  :-)

    • Hey Susan! I love the idea of protein powder. I always try to add some ‘hidden’ proteins to my snacks. Like this I just don’t have to worry that I don’t eat enough of them because I’m just not a big fan of meat lately… So, have you tried to make them?

      • No, I have not yet tried to make them yet – haven’t ordered a popsicle mold, either, because we’re not at home.  It will have to wait until September when we get home.  But since it stays very warm, it will still be popsicle weather.  And I will try them then.

      • Finally got these made and have to ask: WHY CHIA?  That part of them was just weird, to me as well as my husband.  I would leave them out next time.  The protein powder worked out fine.

        • Hi Susan! The chia is actually what gives the pops a soft, pudding-like texture. Without them, they pops would be dry and icy. I wouldn’t have thought to add protein powder! I hope you enjoyed them that way.

  4. Survey done! I love how pretty and fun these popsicles look (especially with the sprinkles)! Perfect for a summer treat :).

  5. Survey complete! And these pops are gorgeous.

  6. holy moley! i had no idea these were so easy to make. adding to the list for summah! stay cool over there friend xoxo

  7. I just took the survey…thanks for this recipe for a hot day, refreshing treat!

  8. Glad to take the survey! Love what you’re doing; can’t wait to make these pops!

  9. I just took the survey! Those fudgsicles look so good!

  10. I took the survey! Today’s post has definitely put almond breeze on this week’s shopping list!

  11. I love Almond Breeze! I do drink cow’s milk, but Matt doesn’t tolerate it well. His current favorite is their almond-coconut blend. ☺️

  12. Survey completed. I am ready to buy a popsicle mold!

  13. I took the survey.

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  15. Survey complete! We’ve recently completely switched over to almond milk from dairy milk. We will have to give this recipe a try next time we’re craving some dessert! :)

  16. Took the survey! These popsicles look GREAT!

  17. I took the survey.

  18. kentuckylady717 Reply

    I took the survey….doubt I would make these, sounds like too much trouble…(sorry) I like easy and simple recipes…..I’ll just buy these at the store :) I do love most of your recipes tho…..did buy some popsicle molds last summer from Amazon, used them once and have them ready to put in a garage sale…just too much trouble….. 

  19. I took the survey and can’t wait to try these popsicles!!

  20. Took the survey! Hello yummy!

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  23. Survey done! Can’t wait to make these!

  24. Survey complete. Those Popsicles look fun. I need to get some chia seeds.

  25. just completed the survey!

  26. shawnna griffin Reply

    hey girl these look so tasty!

  27. Just took survey–pops look yummy!

  28. Took the survey! LOVE this recipe- I try to eat dairy free 75% of the time for general health reasons… I will be making these ASAP!

  29. Completed, and huzzah for the MKE Night Market! My husband and I grew up there, but have since moved away. Hope to make it back soon, and some day to that amazing event. Thanks, and cheers!

  30. Survey finished! I love chia pudding!

  31. Took the survey – now looking at popsicle molds online…

  32. completed the survey!

  33. Survey finished, I’ve never tried almond milk before, I like my cow milk too much.

  34. Just took the survey. Can’t wait to try these popsicles!

  35. Completed the survey!

  36. Finished the survey!

  37. Done! Time to go make some popsicles…

  38. Completed the survey. Have been looking for healthy popsicles for my great niece!

  39. Saw this post and immediately sent it to my sister. We both said Yum! Did the survey too – now a reason to purchase almond milk.

  40. Just found your blog today. Love the site. Love that you live in Milwaukee. I live in a suburb of it. Oh yeah and I took the survey.

  41. I took the survey! Love your blog <3

  42. Survey complete :) 

  43. I took the survey!

  44. Survey done. Does the almond milk become icy when frozen like regular milk? If not, then these sound great. 

  45. Survey Done! I love your blog!

  46. I took the survey.

  47. completed!

  48. Survey completed!

  49. completed…thanks for the chance

  50. Took the survey. What a great idea to use chia seeds in the popsicle.

  51. I took the survey ;)

  52. I took the survey. These pudding pops look amazing.

  53. took the survey! :)

  54. I made these today as a treat for my family after working outside in the heat.  The have crowned me the Popsicle Queen.  I have never heard such flattery.  Thank you for coming up with yet another wonderful way to sneak in some chia.  I look forward to your ideas, always!  p.s.  I did take the survey.

    • Heather, popsicle queen sounds like one amazing title! I’m so happy that you and your family enjoyed this recipe so much. Thanks for trying it and letting me know how it came out!

  55. I completed the survey, and plan on making the pops this weekend. They look amazing!

  56. I just took the survey. I haven’t really seen many recipes that call for chocolate almond milk, and seeing as it’s about to get really warm where I’m at I’m going to bookmark this recipe.

  57. Thank you. I completed the survey. 

  58. i completed the survey!

  59. Hi Erin, I don’t know how I missed this post! Chocolate, almond milk, and more chocolate – who could ask for more??? I’ve tried unsuccessfully to freeze chocolate almond milk – so I’m thrilled that you have devised a way to do it! And the fudge pops are so pretty! I did take the survey and was disappointed that I couldn’t answer more than ONE reason I buy/like Almond Breeze, because I LOVE it! Thanks for this scrumptious-looking recipe!

  60. Hi Erin! I completed your survey. We only do almond milk here, in coffee, on cereal etc.

  61. Oh your Healthy Fudge Pops looks so good!  We love Almond Breeze and cannot wait to make these for my family!  I know they will love them and so much healthier that what we buy in the store!  I completed the survey!

  62. Took the survey! Pops look delish

  63. I took your survey. :)

  64. Took the survey, and now thinking about those sprinkles!

  65. took the survey

  66. Kathryn parrott Reply

    Took your survey! 

    Thanks for all the amazing recipes and info!!!!

  67. I took the survey! Also looking forward to trying out this great!

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  70. christine davis Reply

    I took the survey and thanks for the recipes!

  71. I completed the survey. It was really easy. I enjoy your recipes and write ups. Well done!

  72. Completed the survey. Putting Almond Breeze on the list.

  73. Survey complete :)

  74. Survey completed! Thanks for another great recipe!

  75. I took the survey!

  76. Completed the survey, and now I need to go to the store! These look delicious! If there is one thing I can’t say no to it is a chocolate frozen treat! Definitely will be making tonight. :)

  77. I can’t wait to try these! I took the survey too! :)

  78. Your website seems to be blocking all attempts at commenting due to spam. I did take the survey and I look forward to trying out this recipe this weekend!

  79. Those fudgesicles look like a perfect summer treat:) (and I took the survey)

  80. Erin, I completed the survey and love your blog. I keep coming back because you do a great job of balancing healthy with not too expensive or time consuming to make.

    • Sarah, I can’t say enough how much this means to me, because what you described is exactly my goal for my recipes. It means a lot to know you see them that way too!

  81. I have to say, while I always have almond milk in my fridge, I had never even heard of the almond/cashew milk blend until I read it in one of your recipes. (I made the Avocado Chocolate Mousse the other night. I loved it, but my avocados really weren’t ripe enough. I’ll try it again. SO EASY!)

    Oh and I took the survey! lol

  82. These look yummy! Took the survey as well.

  83. Survey completed.

  84. completed the survey. Love your reipes.

  85. Did the survey!    Enjoy your recipes, keep them all and look forward to making them all some day. 

  86. I completed the survey. Love your recipes! Thank you!

  87. Jackie Wisherd Reply

    Your recipes look good. I think I might try Almond Milk in a recipe. I took the survey.

  88. I took your survey. I buy Almond Breeze quite often. The 30-calorie unsweetened vanilla is my favorite. I use it mostly to make smoothies for lunch.

  89. Survey complete. High Five!

    Do you think these could be made in a Zoku pop maker (the kind that works like an ice cream maker), or too soft? Thanks.  

    • Helen, I’m afraid I am totally unfamiliar with a Zoku pop maker and have never used one. The recipe is made for molds you fill and freeze solid, so as long as that’s how it works, you should be fine.

  90. Took the survey 😃

  91. I took the survey. These fudgesicles look fantastic!

  92. Survey complete! Thanks for the yummy recipes. My weekly menu always features something great from wellplated.com :)

  93. I took the survey!

  94. I did the survey…

  95. DONE! These are making me drool at my desk!

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  98. Christy Yardley Reply

    Survey done! Love the recipes on your blog!

  99. Survey done!! Now on to the popsicles!! I am a child care provider, and my munchkins will be in for an after nap treat!!

  100. What a great recipe! It looks so easy and fun to make. Will definitely try it soon. I just took the survey as well.

  101. Took the survey!  These fudgesicles look great!

  102. I completed the survey! Thanks!

  103. Survey done ! :) :) 

  104. Took the survey! I love your recipes!

  105. Took the survey.  These ice pops look amazing.  Love your blog

  106. I took the survey! Love your blog Erin! I feel like I’m learning how to make healthy dishes and your recipes are fairly easy to make.

  107. survey completed!

  108. Alexandra Robertson Reply

    So hot in AZ right now. These look awesome. I completed the survey!

  109. I took the survey

  110. Took the survey, thanks!

  111. Michael Johnson Reply

    Just took the survey and can’t wait to try the recipe. My 4 year old daughter is gonna love it! (And her Daddy too!!!)

  112. Hi there! I took the survey. :-)

  113. When I was little I consumed an embarrassing  amount of popsicles 🙈 No shame in my game haha. These look sooo delicious. I have lactose intolerance and I’ll never forget the first time I tried the chocolate almond breeze “IT TASTES LIKE MELTED ICE CREAM” I believe those were my exact words lol Life. Changing. And of course this has sprinkles so it must be made 💁🏼

  114. I took the survey!

  115. Took the survey, and BTW, I love your recipes.

  116. Hi!  I just took your survey!  And I made your chocolate pops last night!  Had one today after lunch. Well, it actually was lunch! ;) That chocolate shell is fantastic!  Another one for the Erin-keeper notebook!  Thank you!  

  117. Survey: done and done. Almond Breeze tastes way better than Silk. 👍🏼

  118. Took your survey. Thank you!

  119. Took the survey!!

  120. I took the survey! The chocolate pops look good, looking forward to trying them.

  121. Sarah Thompson Reply

    I took the survey

  122. Kathleen Lynaugh Reply

    Survey done!! I have put Almond Breeze in my coffee in the mornings, in vanilla lattes and my protein shakes for a few years now!! Yum! 

  123. Completed the survey.

  124. just completed the survey! Arthur

  125. Survey completed and for the record I’m a recent convert to almond milk.  It’s delicious – only wish I had discovered it many years earlier.  

  126. How did you know fudge pops were my fave popsicle? You’re so sweet. High Fives! And yes, survey completed. *fist bump*

  127. Just took the survey! I cant wait to try these with sliced almonds! 

  128. Took the survey! Pops looked amazing :)

  129. I began using almond milk when my elderly mother had trouble staying hydrated. She disliked drinking water – but LOVES Almond Breeze. She thinks she’s drinking a milkshake, and it’s a great hydrator PLUS wonderful calcium benefits (she has osteoporosis, too.) I agree w/many of the previous posters – the popsicles look so refreshing and tasty.

  130. I took the survey. The pops look so tasty!!

  131. I just took the survey!

  132. Survey done! What a great, easy recipe!! Thanks for posting such great recipes and content!

  133. Completed the survey.

  134. I completed the survey and love your blog.

  135. Took the survey! Thanks for the great recipe! (Again;))

  136. Survey completed! So many delicious recipes!

  137. I was more than happy to take the Survey. I love your Homemade Chocolate Pudding Pops recipe and will definitely make them when I have completed my Detox for Clean eating. :)

  138. Finished the survey. Painless because I like almond milk. Good sounding recipe and if you eat with your eyes, I could gobble these up.

  139. Love this blog – thank you so much for helping me on my journey. Will definitely be getting some ice pop molds and some *more* Almond Breeze almond milk for this purpose as I said in my survey response. (We also love Blue Diamond nut thins!!!)

  140. I have been looking for a reason to try chia seeds, and now I have the perfect excuse to put them in the cart. I’ll upgrade my current ice pop molds for this recipe. Thanks for keeping it healthy!

  141. I forgot to mention that I took the survey. Thanks.

  142. Survey complete and nice to know you live in Milwaukee too!

  143. Took the survey. Love almond milk and definitely want to try pudding pops. Chia seeds coming in Friday. Thanks!

  144. Survey done, it was easy and fast :)
    Can’t wait to try your fudge pops with Almond Breeze chocolate milk! Yum!

  145. I took the survey! This recipe looks interesting. Might even prompt me to buy almond milk and chia seeds!

  146. I completed the survey.

  147. I took the survey!  I love your upbeat outlook on life and food!  And your food photography is great too. Everything you picture makes me want to try it!  Thanks for your great blog. 
    Marilou

  148. Took the survey. Can’t wait to make these pudding pops!

  149. Survey done!  Love your site.  Can’t wait to try the pops.

  150. I tood the survey! Definitely going to try these pudding pops.

  151. I took the survey!

  152. Took the survey! I love that I can pass these fudgesicles off as healthy :)

  153. Took the survey. I love almond milk and Blue Diamond is the best out there (and I’ve tried most of them).

  154. Ellen M Murphy Reply

    Took the survey. Regularly buy almond milk.  Post gastric bypass surgery i became lactose intolerant

  155. Survey complete! The pops look delish! I am going to get a pop mold and give some a try – I know my daughter will be delighted to help.

  156. I took the survey! (And this recipe looks delicious :))

  157. Survey done :>)! The pudding pops look delish! I will definitely try the recipe and Almond Breeze in chocolate for my 4th BBQ.

  158. I took the survey!

  159. Took the survey.  Started using Almond Breeze when my 5 yo granddaughter was diagnosed as lactose intolerant.  I love the health benefits for the whole family.

  160. Survey done! Thanks!! :D

  161. Jennifer Petrie Reply

    Survey is done :)

  162. They look delicious cant wait to try them….I needed an excuse to try almond milk! survey is done too!

  163. I took the survey

  164. I’ve used almond milk in recipes. I find it changes the taste of food and baked goods so I tend not to use it unless a recipe calls for it. I was so disappointed. I took the survey.

  165. Took the survey!! And I love these popsicles! They look fantastic. Can’t wait to make them!

  166. Catherine Jackson Reply

    I took the survey! These look perfect for summer though!

  167. I took the survey! I love making popsicles all summer – a new batch almost every day!! – and have made them using this almond milk. I’d love to try this recipe!

  168. Took the survey! Thank you for all of your healthy recipes! I’m always excited to see what I will get in my inbox!

  169. Jennifer Urban Reply

     Survey done. I’m not really a chocolate person that those yogurt berry pops look delicious! 

  170. These fudgesicles look delicious!! I love the added sprinkles! I also took the survey!

  171. Took the survey! I love your recipes and make them all the time. :)

  172. Took the survey!

  173. Survey done. My son would love the sprinkles.

  174. Too bad Im Canadian… Good luck everybody.

  175. Brenda Guardado Reply

    HIGH FIVE back at you!

    Survey was short and sweet just the way I like them.
    Your blog makes me want to be more healthy conscious and make more homemade meals.

  176. Survey complete! Love you’re ideas!

  177. I just took your survey.  This recipe sounds amazing!  

  178. I just took the survey! Thanks for the recipe and giveaway!

  179. I completed the survey. Those pudding pops look delicious and so perfect for the hot weather in Georgia. So yum!

  180. Hi Erin, do you know if flax seeds would also thicken the consistency? I believe so since they are used as vegan eggs but just want to make sure.

    • Hi Tiffany! I actually wouldn’t recommend flax. It doesn’t thicken and plump into a pudding consistency the way chia seeds do, and I’m afraid the flavor would also be off. I know that’s not the answer you were hoping for, but I want them to work out for you!

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