Since G has this problem going on and in order to appease both myself and G's appetite for all things creamy, cold, and chocolatey, I decided to attempt making fudge pops as an alternative to chocolate ice cream. I'm even considering putting them on ice and taking them with us to the ice cream parlor. I'm that desperate. Who wants to wake up to a disgusting mess the next day? Not him, not me! Well, recently I found a reasonably healthy recipe on Pinterest for fudgesicles so I gave them a try. I'm not too sold on them, but I sure will keep them around and change up the ratios of ingredients in the future. The real test, however, was how this dude liked them and I'd say he didn't have any problems with it at all!
Here's the recipe I followed and here is how I altered it:
Creamy Chocolate Fudge Pops
(makes 10-12 small pops)
- 4 tbsp cocoa powder (I used unsweetened, but you could use dark chocolate or some other type)
- 1 cup full-fat canned coconut milk (I only had low-fat so I used that, it was fine but I'd do full-fat next time)
- 2 medium, very-ripe bananas (200g)
- scant 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- sweetener of choice, to taste (stevia, agave, etc.) (I used agave, I think I'll try different sweetener next time)
- optional: feel free to add peanut butter! (I did! I figured I'd get some more protein and calories in there for the kid with the restricted diet)
- optional: what if you added in veggies like in a smoothie? spinach? I may have to try this. Gotta get them in that kid somehow!
Combine all items in a blender or food processor (I used my Ninja). I used dixie cups to make small fudge pops for G and then froze them for about 1 hour or so and then inserted popsicle sticks into them when they would stand up straight and then froze them for another hour or two until ready. The dixie cups pealed right off for me. G had more fun pretending it was a drum than eating it at first but once it was melting he couldn't keep it out of or around ( cue chocolatey Goatee) his mouth!