I suppose most of us need another ice lolly recipe like we need another hole in the head. But before you wander away and look at prettier pictures (these are fairly scrappy. sorry) can I just point out that these taste a hell of a lot nicer than they look. Despite the healthy ingredients, and the brownness of it all, these are indeed fudgesicles. Or at least fudge-like sicles.
To bite into a fudgesicle, ice lolly or popsicle is to be transported back in time. It never ceases to bring a smile whenever I see perennially wool-suited older ladies at the Scottish seaside, patiently lined up with the harassed Dads and the harassing kids, waiting their turn at the ice cream van, for an old-fashioned “99“, or a crinkly-wrappered – and rather hideous – Fab. They giggle with their friends like children as they unwrap their cold treat and get stuck in. These might be ladies for whom a sandwich is legitimately tackled with a knife and fork, and eating a biscuit necessitates a plate, napkin and cup and saucer of tea. But ice lollies are that most democratic of foods. No one can eat it politely. Everyone is a kid.
Of course none of the ones we buy are really much good, or good for us. They have been in the deep freeze for too long, and so cold they taste not of what is depicted on the wrapper, but actually the wrapper – a plasticky, sickly-sweet wrapper. But they do cool you down.
Sometimes even the most radioactively coloured ice lolly beats a bowl of fruit salad, despite knowing that all E numbers that can legally be crammed into it will be.
It’s the stick. We love food on sticks. Americans really love food on sticks. Go to any State Fair and you will see pork chops on sticks, deep-fried Twinkies on sticks, nachos on a stick, boiled eggs dipped in honey on a stick (I kid you not). Don’t believe me, look here. The most we ever saw growing up was cotton candy on a stick, corn dogs on a stick, and of course all kinds of popsicles and fudgsicles. How else was the dirt that you were kicking as you scuffed your way from scary ride to junior rodeo going to stick to you?
On this side of the world, food on sticks is limited largely to wedding buffets. But in the summer months there is always an outbreak of stick fever, so I thought that for once I wasn’t going to miss out on the all the fun. I missed out on State Fairs for most of my life (my choice. weird child.), but I’m up for some food on sticks. Hold the Twinkies though. 😉
Healthy Chocolate Raspberry Fudgsicles
I’m fudging the truth a bit here (bad pun intended) by calling these fudgsicles, but the texture and the cocoa certainly remind me of one of my favourite childhood treats. My 8 year-old self might not have eaten these had she known there were avocados in them (I did not mix sweet and savoury) but she would have scoffed the tray if it had been kept a secret. Keep it a secret if you also have some picky eaters in your house. Good mono-unsaturated fats from avocado help with the creaminess, and yogurt, with its filling, blood sugar-levelling protein, keep this cold treat on the healthy side of snacking. Enjoy while the sun is still warm! xx
265g (1 1/4 cups) Greek yogurt (dairy or non-dairy)
1 ripe, buttery avocado
3 tbsp best quality cocoa powder or cacao
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 tbsp acacia honey or maple syrup (amount up to you) OR a combination of honey/maple and stevia to lower the sugar content even more
125g (1 heaped cup) small (I used wild) raspberries
You will need: an ice lolly set (not the large size) OR 6 small paper/plastic cups OR small yogurt pots + wooden sticks
Method: place everything but the raspberries in a blender of food processor and bits until super smooth. Place a few raspberries in the top of the mould/bottom of the cup and fill halfway with the mixture, knocking each mould on the counter to get rid of air pockets as best you can. Add more raspberries. Fill up with the remaining mixture to about 1/2 inch from the top, to allow for expansion in the freezer. Knock the moulds again and then push in the integrated lid-stick, or add a wooden stick to each after freezing for about half an hour. Freeze for at least 4 hours. Unmould by running under a slightly warm tap.
Sharing this sweet treat over at Kavita’s Bloggers Scream For Ice Cream for her Crowd-Pleasing Coolers theme, over at Choclette’s for We Should Cocoa, and finally to Elizabeth’s for her awesome No Waste Food Challenge.
54 thoughts on “Healthy Chocolate-Raspberry Fudgsicles Recipe”
Oh my this is awesome! I don’t like sweets but anything with cacao or chocolate Is fine for me😊 I pinned this and will try this later. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful day! Xoxo
I’ve made the recipe on the just sweet enough to qualify as a treat, so hopefully it will appeal, Deniza. I don’t go for sweets much either and I do like this. 🙂
Hi Kellie, Thanks for sharing this wonderful Recipe. Just gotta try making these! Don’t think I’ll tell anyone what’s in them ’till they’ve tasted them first…….
Honestly Joannie, no one will know. I would bet money on it. Great to hear from you 🙂
Wow, chocolate and raspberries are 2 of my favourite things -I NEED to try these 🙂
They are too easy not to, Melanie 🙂
Hi Kellie…. You’re killing me! Just kidding. Do they sell that type of sweet in the UK? Or is that a left over memory from the States? I’m going to have to try this recipe. Nice.
You know Babs, I’m not sure! Fudgsicles is a proprietary brand so it wouldn’t be that name, but we MUST have some kind of chocolate ice lolly. Otherwise, what a gap in the market. But better to make one’s own, of course 😉
In Australia we have Paddlepops which come in a range of flavours including chocolate and my favourite banana, although I’m fairly certain no banana ever came near them. BTW we call the water based treats ice blocks.
I am wondering how these might go with some of last year’s foraged blackberries in the freezer?
Absolutely! Any berry would be great. It’s just that our wild raspberries are lovely right now. Brambles and blackberries aren’t too much longer to wait. Yum!
Nothing wrong with these pics at all-they look fantastic! I’ve been gorging myself on Wild Blueberries all last week~definitely need to switch things up a little in the berry department. Yum!!
Aw, thank you Ms EA. I am totally jealous of your Maine trip. I am going to grow (try at least) blueberry bushes next year. I need to start planning now. We LOVE blueberries and the supermarket gets far too much of my money for them!
I did an avocado ice cream a couple of years ago, love this idea to use it in a chocolate ice lolly!!
I’ve never eaten a fudgesicle! I was allergic to chocolate as a child so guess I missed out. Dying to try one, especially a healthy one!
You poor thing! I guess carob is a poor sub when you’re a kid and just want to eat what everyone else is eating. Enjoy these all the more then. 🙂
They sound delicious
Ooooooh, love the urban foraging component here… and these little fudgsicles sound so yummy! Definitely one for our summer. xxx
Thanks! It was the doctors’ car park next to our cancer support centre at the local hospital. I sneak in on Sundays at this time of year as it is deserted. ‘Stolen’ fruit is tastier. 😉
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These look lekker! Perfect for the end of summer.
Hi Kellie, you’re right – food on sticks is definitely appealing, especially in the summertime. This recipe looks delicious. Loved that you used avocado, which is so healthy, and so versatile too! I’ve reblogged on my blog.
Thanks for taking the time to leave this lovely comment, and for the reblog.
Thank you Kellie, for your wonderful site!
What a great recipe! I love your styling with the ice cubes Kellie! Will definitely be trying these out. Keep smiling 🙂
Thanks Brendon! It was an exceptionally warm day and everything was melting like crazy! Houses don’t need air con in Scotland but could’ve done with it that day. 😉
I know exactly what you mean. It’s always tricky doing shoots with frozen food here in Sydney, especially in summer! Great work none-the-less. Really want to try this 😉
Roll on summer!! I’ll be right onto these yummy treats…
Enjoy the warmth when it comes. Not long now until ice blocks are a necessity for you!
Oh my goodness!!!!! this looks too yummy. Talk about real #FoodPorn. Reblog coming your way 🙂
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😀 😀 This just made my morning… I wouldnt mind myself in a ton of these little treats 😛
WOW!!! Will definitely be trying these! yum! 🙂
I love chocolate avocado recipes. The avocado adds so much creaminess and healthy fats while the chocolate hides its taste (and colour) so no one will ever know it’s ‘healthy’! 🙂
cor if my ‘scrappy’ pictures looked these these, i would be well happy! This is fun and sounds delicious, in fact I can just imagine it, what a winner, thank you x
I can’t believe you’re apologising for the photos (which are great!) or the recipe (which looks amazing!!). These look so yummy and fudgy, the fact that they’re pretty healthy is just a bonus 🙂
These look incredible Kelly! We make these all the time, but you have managed to photograph them much better than I have 😉
I’m always looking for sugar free dessert recipes! This one looks so good! 😀
These Fudge sicles look just awesome Kellie and the pictures certainly aren’t scrappy! My daughter loves avocado so I would probably tell here it was in these;-)
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I can’t imagine many things looking much better than these fudgsicles Kellie. The pictures make me want to dive in and grab one and you can’t get much better than that. They sound gorgeous. I’ve not tried using avocado in ice-cream, but I can see how well it would work in these. Thank you for sharing them with We Should Cocoa 🙂
These look beautiful! <3
These look amazing! I will definitely have to try these before summer is over.
love this idea! Plus I have everything I need to make them – score 🙂
My previous reply made no sense, did it? I’m glad you have all of the fudgsicle ingredients. Hope it’s warm enough to enjoy them. 🙂
Made these today. OMG. Not sure what was better – the actual lollies or eating the remains out of the blender. A lovely chocolate hit. I love your recipes
Yummy Dish Kelly you really rock…………………………With your dish.
Cheers for that, Jhon
These look incredible! Thank you for much for sharing with the No Waste Food Challenge! 🙂
Thank you so much for your blog Kellie – I’m constantly looking for plant based, healthy new recipes – especially in the sweet treat department! I’ve flicked through your blog and it’s just great 🙂