We’re pleased to share a cross-post from customer, blogger, and health coach Rachel Druckenmiller’s blog, Rachel’s Nourishing Kitchen. As a wellness consultant and certified health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Rachel uses Hometown Harvest bag ingredients to craft tasty, interesting recipes that are healing and nutritious. Enjoy!
I love finding healthier, homemade alternatives to some of the not so healthy foods I used to eat a lot.
Today I’m going to share how you can make a healthier version of something that was probably a favorite treat of yours as a kid (and maybe even now!)…fudgesicles!
I remember buying 18-count boxes of these babies when I graduated from college and looked at them as a low calorie AND sugar-free treat…bonus…right?
Out of curiosity, I just looked up the ingredient list for Popsicles Sugar Free Fudgesicles, and this is what I found:
nonfat milk, maltodextrin, lactitol, polydextrose, cocoa (processed with alkali), sorbital, whey, coconut oil, microcrystalline cellulose, tricalcium phosphate, mono- & diglycerides, guar gum, polysorbate 65 & 80, carrageenan, malt powder, salt, cellulose gum, aspartame, artificial flavor, acesulfame potassium, citric acid
Really? Do we need over 20 ingredients in a fudgesicle?? I don’t even know what half of those things are, but I’m pretty sure I don’t need them in my body.
With warmer weather coming (finally!), we experimented with a new creamy chocolate fudgesicle recipe that is dairy free and doesn’t contain any refined sugar. These are really rich because of the avocado and coconut milk, so I wouldn’t eat them every day, but they are a great option for a healthier summer treat!
My husband and two friends had some the other day and said they couldn’t tell the difference between these and the “real thing!”
Creamy Chocolate Fudgesicles (Dairy-Free)
- 6 medjool dates (pits removed, soaked and then drained)*
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
- 1/2 cup cacao or cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey (coconut nectar would also work)
- 1 cup canned coconut milk (or Almondmilk) – I used full fat coconut milk, to make these nice and rich.
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
We bought the popsicle holders at Home Goods, and they were really cheap! You can also order a similar kind online here.