These Sugar-free Fudgesicles seriously taste like the real thing and are the perfect frozen treat for a hot summer day! With no added sugar (or dairy), you can enjoy these Healthy Homemade Fudge Pops without guilt any time of year!
Fudgesicles are one of those things, aren't they? They were one of my childhood favorite treats--the smooth chocolate flavor tasted amazing and sooo chocolatey smooth. Like pudding on a stick. I mean, they're called pudding pops for a reason, right?
On the rare occasion that I bought something from the ice cream truck when I was a kid, those original fudge pops were one of the things I bought most often. Mmmmm.....
Anyhow, I still love them as an adult, but they're not the best for you, so it's truly wonderful to have a healthy fudgesicle recipe that anyone can enjoy.
Not only are these sugar-free fudgesicles, but they're also dairy-free and there's an option to make them vegan fudgesicles too, which means healthy pudding pops for everyone!
Thankfully, now I (and you too) can now enjoy the creamy delicious chocolate flavor without all the carbs and not so great ingredients. And what might be the best part yet is that they are even good for you!
Why You Will LOVE These Fudgesicles
These keto fudge bars are yummy, healthy, and easy to make. Plus the ingredients are things you likely have in your home--no need to do a bunch of special shopping for out of the norm ingredients.
This busy mama doesn't have time for that usually, and I'm guessing you don't either.
They're also free of ingredients that well, aren't the best. You'll see what I mean. Here are the ingredients in one brand of sugar-free fudgesicles you'll find in grocery stores.
Nonfat Milk, Maltodextrin (Corn), Sorbitol, Polydextrose, Cocoa Processed With Alkali, Less Than 2% Of: Whey, Palm Oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Cellulose Gel, Mono And Diglycerides, Cellulose Gum, Malted Barley Extract, Salt, Guar Gum, Aspartame*, Polysorbate 80, Acesulfame Potassium, Polysorbate 65, Citric Acid Carrageenan, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Locust Bean Gum, Caramel Color.
Yikes, right? Just because you remove the sugar doesn't mean that you end up with something healthy. However, this recipe for keto fudge pops isn't full of questionable artificial sweeteners--instead, there's a lot of wholesome goodness. And they're way cheaper too. Gotta love it.
By the way, these are on the dark side of the chocolate scale so tone back the cocoa or carob if you prefer something a little less dark. I recommend you add the ingredients little by little and taste as you go.
Want even more chocolate?
By the way, these can be pretty intensely chocolate depending on the cocoa you use, so scale back on the cocoa or carob if you prefer something less dark.
Want even more chocolate?
You can totally dip these Keto Homemade Fudge Pops in this Homemade Chocolate Shell for an amazing treat. Put the chocolate shavings on the fudge pop part or on top of the shell--or both!
Here are the basic ingredients you'll need. For the full ingredient list with amounts, scroll down to the recipe card.
- full fat coconut milk
- unsweetened cocoa powder (use carob for AIP)
- vanilla liquid stevia (see Recipe Notes for alternatives)
- lemon or key lime juice
- grass-fed gelatin (use agar for vegan version)
- unsweetened chocolate (optional; for garnish)
Here are the basic directions for the recipe. For the full instructions, scroll down to the recipe card.
Mix the first 5 ingredients in the bowl (Photos 1 & 2)
Pour into molds (Photos 3 & 4)
Freeze for 4-6 hours (Photos 5 & 6)
Recipe Notes & Substitutions
- Dairy-free Milk Alternatives: You can use any kind of non-dairy milk (or regular milk) that you'd like. The results will vary, but you can certainly do it. Coconut and cashew and cow's milk will make the most creamy popsicles, but unsweetened almond milk is also a great choice. Here's how to make your own coconut milk if you'd like to do that. If you aren't avoiding dairy, you could use regular full fat milk or even heavy cream, or combine the two.
- Sweetener Alternatives: 36 drops of liquid stevia is about equal to 1/3 of a cup of sugar. You can use 1 1/5 teaspoons powdered stevia and a dash vanilla instead. Use honey or maple syrup for AIP, but they are both sweeter than sugar so use about 1/2 - 3/4 the amount. Also, allulose is a GREAT sweetener to use. It doesn't crystallize and also helps frozen treats to not freeze up too hard so that's a win win!
- Thawing Tip: If the popsicles are a bit hard after a few days in the freezer, let them sit out for 5-10 minutes before serving, if you can wait that long! Sticking the molds in a warm bowl of water for a few minutes helps them thaw lickety-split.
- Extra Protein: If you'd like to add more nutrition to these, feel free to add a few tablespoons of your favorite protein powder to the mixture together with the first five ingredients..
- AIP: Use organic carob powder instead of cocoa.
- Vegan: Omit gelatin or use organic agar.
More Healthy Ice Cream Treats
- Watermelon Popsicles - only 3 ingredients with 7 fun variations!
- Strawberry Sage Popsicles - an unusually delicious treat
- Berries and Cream Popsicles - so rich and delicious!
- Dark Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream -- possibly the best chocolate ice cream you'll ever have
Are Sugar-free Fudgesicles Healthy?
In my opinion, these Sugar-Free Fudgesicles are quite healthy (especially when you compare them to their store bought counterparts) because they contain no sugar, and you can make them with any type of sweetener or dairy-free milk you like.
They're also low in carbs. So much better than eating sugar-filled treats.
Can You Have Sugar-free Fudgesicles on a Low-carb or Keto Diet?
If you're a keto dieter, you should be able to enjoy the delicious taste of these chocolate ice pops without issues. Just remember to keep an eye on portion sizes if you're watching your carbs really closely.
What Popsicle Molds Work Best?
When choosing molds for these sugar-free fudgesicles, there are so many good ones out there, but the ones that I linked to have really good ratings on Amazon.
Dairy-Free Sugar-Free Fudgesicles--That Taste Like the Real Thing
- 13.5 ounces coconut milk (398 ml)
- 5 tablespoons cocoa powder (use carob for AIP)
- 1/3 teaspoon salt
- 36 drops vanilla liquid stevia (approximately 1/3 teaspoon. See recipe notes for alternatives)
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice (or key lime)
- 1 teaspoon grass-fed gelatin (use agar for vegan version)
- unsweetened chocolate (optional; for garnish)
- Whisk first 5 ingredients in a bowl, large measuring cup, or batter bowl and adjust sweetness and flavors to taste.
- Dissolve gelatin in 4 tablespoons boiling water.
- Whisk gelatin or agar into coconut milk mixture until well combined.
- Pour into molds.
- Freeze for 4-6 hours.
- Grate unsweetened chocolate on top before serving, if desired.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is merely an approximation. Optional ingredients are not included and when there is an alternative, the primary ingredient is typically used. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts since they have been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.
What is YOUR favorite kind of ice cream treat?