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 Fudgsicles to eat.

Homemade Healthy Fudgsicles


Because summers here are preciously short, the city truly comes to life and residents, myself included, strive to maximize every single day.

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

I recently attended a street festival, and the longest line of dozens of food trucks was at a homemade ice pop stand.

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!

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 store bought pops, you can make an endless supply of homemade Fudgsicles 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.

Why I Love These Homemade Fudgsicles

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 chocolate almond milk, which tastes ultra rich and decadent, but is only 100 calories per serving. These chocolate Fudgsicles 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 almond milk, transformed into the perfect chocolate pudding base.

While these chocolate Fudgsicles 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.

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.

Recipe Adaptations

  • For those with dietary restrictions, these homemade Fudgsicles are naturally gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and sweetened with agave nectar, so all can partake.
  • Pudding Pops with Nuts. Add crushed peanuts, pecans, cashews, or almonds to your pops.
  • Pudding Pops with Chocolate Sandwich Cookies. Some crushed chocolate sandwich cookies would be a delicious topping.
  • Pudding Pops with Peanut Butter Cups. Smash a few peanut butter cups and add them to your pudding pops.
  • Pudding Pops with Fruit. Freeze dried raspberries or strawberries would make tasty toppings too.

More Kid-Friendly Treats

Homemade Healthy Fudgsicles

Tools Used to Make This Recipe

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!

Homemade Healthy Fudgsicle recipe — creamy dark chocolate pudding pops made with chia seeds and almond milk. Only 4 ingredients! @wellplated

Homemade Pudding Pops {Fudgesicles}

5 from 4 votes
Rich, creamy homemade chocolate pudding pops made with healthy ingredients like almond milk, chia seeds and agave. They taste like fudgsicles and are vegan!

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 2 mins
Total: 10 hrs 12 mins

Servings: 6 pops

Ingredients
  

FOR THE POPS:

  • 2 1/2  cups chocolate almond milk
  • tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons  light agave nectar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • tablespoons  chia seeds

FOR THE CHOCOLATE SHELL (optional):

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

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!

Nutrition

Serving: 1pop (without chocolate dip or toppings)Calories: 130kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 156mgFiber: 7gSugar: 16g

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  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? ;)

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

  2. 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!  :-)

    1. 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?

      1. 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.

      2. 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.5 stars

        1. 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.

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

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

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

  6. 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. ☺️

  7. 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! :)

  8. 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….. 

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

    1. Mery, so nice to e-meet you, and thank you for your kind words! I’m glad you found my blog :) Thanks also for taking the survey. Have a great weekend!

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

    1. Hi James! The combination of the chia seeds and almond milk keep these nice and creamy. I hope you love them!

  14. 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.5 stars

    1. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

  18. 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. :)

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

    1. 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!

  21. 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! lol5 stars

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

  23. 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.

  24. 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.  

    1. 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.

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

    1. Andrea, I’m honored to have my recipes come to life in your kitchen. THANK YOU! Makes my day :)

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

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

  28. 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.

  29. 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!!!)

  30. 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 ??

  31. 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!  

    1. Joanie, I’m so excited to hear that you enjoyed the pops so much. Thank you for your kind words too!!

  32. 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! 

  33. 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.  

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

  35. 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.

  36. 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. :)

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

  38. 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!!!)

  39. 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!

    1. Once you try chia, you’ll love it! I add it to my cereal, yogurt, smoothies, and baked goods too. Thanks for taking the survey!

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

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

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

  43. 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

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

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

  46. 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.

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

  48. 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.

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

  50. 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.

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

  52. 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!

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

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

  55. 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.

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

  57. 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.

    1. 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!

  58. Is there something you would recommend as a substitute for the chia seeds? Sadly, I am allergic to them.

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Ruth! Unfortunately, the chia is actually what gives the pops a soft, pudding-like texture. Without them, the pops would likely be dry and icy. I know this isn’t the answer you were looking for, but I want to make sure they turn out as expected for you!

      1. Erin, I so appreciate your quick response. Even though I can’t eat it, I am intrigued by the versatility of chia!

        Thank you.

        Ruth