Today I’m sharing my new favorite summer treat: chocolate pudding pops! I got the idea to make a healthier version of the classic pudding pop from memories of hot summer days when I was growing up.
When my sister and I were younger, our goal in life was to catch the ice cream truck. We’d play outside in the yard with our neighbor friends all day until one of us yelled “sshhhhhhhh!!!!” and then we’d all run to opposite ends of the yard to figure out which direction that whimsical sound of The Entertainer was coming from. When we would close in on the truck’s direction,
one of us would run I would make my sister run into the house to get money from mom while the rest of us kept a watchful ear to make sure that the winds didn’t carry our ice cream treats into another direction.
We’d get to the truck sweating and out of breath and would always order the same things – I’d get the red, white and blue rocket pop, my sister Karen would get the bar with the crushed nuts. Our neighbor friends would get that teenage mutant ninja turtle ice cream bar with the bubble gum eyes (gross, but to each their own).
More often than not, we’d miss the truck altogether and would have to resort to sub-par house ice cream or, on a GOOD day – pudding pops(!) that were in the freezer all along.
I hadn’t had a pudding pop in years until I started making these this summer, and boy did they bring back the memories. In my childhood, frozen things on sticks = life. Except, I promise, these taste SO much better than any pre-packaged pop.
Chocolate Pudding Pop Recipe Ingredients
To make the creamy base of these healthy pudding pops, I used several key ingredients to make a satisfying treat without any dairy.
- Chocolate chips and cacao powder create a rich chocolate flavor.
- Maple syrup adds natural sweetness.
- Almond milk gets the blender moving.
- And – most important – avocado and almond butter make the creamy, rich base.
The avocado might make you skeptical, but don’t worry! Its flavor disappears completely, and it makes the pops wonderfully fudgy. Add a splash of vanilla and a sprinkle of salt, and you’re on your way to chocolate pudding pop heaven!
And if you’re trying to relive your 80’s childhood like I am, drizzle the finished pops with melted chocolate and sprinkle some crushed almonds or pistachios on top.
Rainbow rocket pops: another post??
If you love this pudding pop recipe…
- 2 medium ripe avocados
- ¼ cup chocolate chips, melted* (see note)
- 3 tablespoons cacao powder
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons almond butter
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups Almond Breeze Almondmilk Vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ cup chocolate chips + ½ teaspoon coconut oil
- crushed nuts such as almonds or pistachios
- Scoop the avocados into a blender along with the melted chocolate chips, cacao powder, maple syrup, almond butter, vanilla, almond milk, and sea salt. Blend until smooth. Pour into ice pop molds and freeze overnight, or for at least 9 hours.
- To remove the pops, let them sit at room temperature for a few minutes until the pops are loose enough to pull out.
- Optional topping: Melt the additional chocolate chips together with the coconut oil. Drizzle on the pops and sprinkle the crushed nuts on top.
- Alternatively, you can enjoy this as pudding in non-pop form. After you blend the mixture, scoop it into a bowl, or individual bowls, and chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours.