These homemade sugar free fudge pops are so rich and creamy, they taste like the real thing--like frozen chocolate pudding on a stick! They're also dairy-free, making these keto fudgesicles an oh so chocolatey perfect frozen treat for summer for everyone.
And since they're made with just a handful of simple ingredients, they're simple to whip up so the whole family can enjoy these Sugar-free Fudge Pops guilt-free anytime of year.
Fudgesicles 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 my faves.
I still love them as an adult, but I've learned my lesson that sugar isn't good for any of us, so that's where these healthy fudge pops come in.
Why You Will LOVE These Fudgesicles
These sugar-free fudge pops 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 odd 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.
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 even regular milk), but of course the results will vary some. Coconut milk, cashew milk, 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 for an ultra creamy treat.
- Sweetener Alternatives: 36 drops of liquid stevia is about equal to 1/3 of a cup of sugar. For other sugar alternatives, you can use 1 1/4 - 1 3/8 teaspoons powdered stevia (estimate as best you can) and a dash vanilla extract 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: Let the fudge pops them sit out for 5-10 minutes before serving, if you can wait that long! Sticking the molds in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes will help them thaw lickety-split.
- Extra Protein: Feel free to add a few tablespoons of your favorite protein powder when blending the first five ingredients..
- AIP: Use organic carob powder instead of cocoa and an AIP sweetener like coconut sugar or pure monk fruit extract.
- Vegan: Omit gelatin or use organic agar in place of the gelatin.
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 store-bought sugar-free fudge pops and classic fudgsicles) because they contain no sugar and you can make them with any type of sweetener or 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?
Choosing molds for these popsicles can be tough. There are so many good ones out there, but these molds have really good ratings on Amazon.
Here's another set of molds that has pretty good reviews.
Sadly, my favorite popsicle molds aren't available anymore, so the above molds will just have to do.
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?
NOTE: This post was originally published many years before 2023. It was redone with new images later, and then with more new helpful information in 2023.
Following is one of the original photos from when it was first published.