• October 1, 2017

    4-ingredient, Healthier Fudgesicles


    It’s crazy how quickly we settle back into normal routine after a vacation, isn’t it? I just spent last week having no idea what day or time it was, and the week stretched on and on into a happy blur of beaches and picnic dinners and coffee under an apple tree.

    Now with the return of structure, the week is ticking by, just like it did before. How do we hang on to the vacation speed of time and still function successfully in life, any idea?

    I am glad to have my own kitchen back, though, that’s for sure.

    My kids and their friends would do anything for a popsicle, so I keep my ice pop molds in regular use (these are the ones I have) all summer long.  I try to fill them with nutritious things, so they can have the two per day they beg me for.

    As you might know, I’ve partnered with Horizon in celebrating the quirkiness in kids and realness in what we feed them – and the fun in both. They’ve sponsored this post, and I made these healthier homemade fudgesicles with Horizon Organic Milk.

    Only four ingredients (none of them sugar), they’re fudgy and delicious, but as wholesome as a smoothie.

    Everything just gets tossed in the blender, so they’re super quick and easy, too. The kids love to help add everything to the canister. The hardest part is waiting for them to freeze.

    I dipped some in toasted coconut after running them under hot water to unmold them. The surface is just melted enough to hold onto whatever you dip them in. I thought the coconut ones would be for the grown ups, but they were too appealing to the chubby-knuckled crew.

    Cocoa nibs would be another yummy dipper.

    These faux fudgesicles are a nurturing, real-food treat for all the littles, right down to the teethers (who actually might appreciate them more than anyone).

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    4-ingredient, Healthier Fudgesicles

    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Servings: 6
    Author: Jennifer Pallian


    • 1 cup + 2 tbsp Horizon Organic Milk
    • 4 pitted dates
    • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
    • pinch of salt
    • 1/4 cup toasted coconut optional.


    • Combine ingredients in blender in the order listed and process on high speed for 60 seconds, until frothy and very smooth. Fill ice pop molds and insert sticks. Freeze at least four hours, or overnight. To unmold, run pops under hot water until loose enough to tug out. Roll immediately in toasted coconut, if desired.
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