Creamy Cacao Orange Fudgsicles
As soon as I heard that the temperatures were expected to rise into the 90s all week here in Philadelphia, I decided to splurge and finally buy something I've been wanting to buy for a long time: popsicle molds. There is just something about a popsicle on a hot day that is pure bliss, other than the fact that many of them have little to no nutritional value. Most are filled with sugar in various forms, dyed with unnatural colors (did you know that red food coloring is made from either crushed bugs or coal tar sludge?!), and contain little to no "real" ingredients.
These Creamy Cacao Orange Fudgsicles, however, are amazing for you. They're made with homemade chocolately nut milk and juice made from freshly squeezed oranges. Plus, they're boyfriend & kid- approved!
To start, you'll need popsicle molds. I found mine on Amazon, and have been very happy with the results. Here is a link to the set I purchased, that even include reusable bamboo sticks: Stainless Steel Popsicle Molds & Rack.
Next, you'll make the deliciously decadent nut milk seen above (recipe below). This milk is amazing on it's own, and will yield extra! If you don't have popsicle molds, I would suggest making this to drink post-workout (or whenever you're craving chocolatey goodness). I froze my extra milk into ice cubes (milk cubes?) and made an incredible protein shake the next day!
Finally, you'll juice some oranges, create your pops, and wait as patiently as possible for them to freeze! I'm including my favorite, simple cacao drizzle in the recipe below as well, because WHY NOT?!
Creamy Cacao Orange Fudgsicles
Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo-Friendly // Makes 6
- 2 Oranges
- 2/3 Cup Raw Walnuts, soaked
- 1/3 Cup Raw Brazil Nuts, soaked
- 4 Cups Filtered Water
- 4-8 Dates, pitted & soaked
- 2 Tablespoons Cacao Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Maca Powder
- Splash Pure Vanilla Extract
- Pinch Sea Salt
- Optional: 1 Teaspoon Reishi Powder
For the Optional Cacao Drizzle:
- 3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Grade A Maple Syrup
- 2 Teaspoons Cacao Powder
- Optional: Cacao Nibs, to garnish
1. Soak nuts for at least 2 hours or as long as overnight, and dates for :15-:20 minutes before use.
2. While everything soaks, juice the oranges.
3. Fill popsicle molds 1/3 of the way with the fresh orange juice (or more/less as desired) and place in freezer to set. Do not insert popsicle sticks yet! You will have a little extra juice, so drink up! It's delicious and so good for you.
4. Make the nut milk. I recently went into detail (with photos) about this here, but here's the two step process:
- Add milk ingredients to a high speed blender (everything but oranges), and blend to combine.
- Using a nut milk bag (you can get these at most natural foods stores for less than $10, and they last a long time. I've had the same one for years! My only advice if you're buying one is to get one that's wide at the top so you can attach it to a pitcher or let it sit it in a bowl. When I replace mine, I'm going with this one, which is $5.99 right now: Fine Mesh 12x12 Nut Milk Bag), remove the solids from your milk. Simply pour milk through the bag into a jar, pitcher, or bowl, and squeeze until all of the liquid has been extracted. Save the pulp! You can make so many delicious things with it, including Raw Cupcakes, Cookie Bars, and ice-cream. You can even throw little bits of the pulp into smoothies!
5. Once the orange juice has set, pour chocolate milk into the remaining space in the popsicle molds. Add lid, insert stick (push into the first layer), and let chill in the freezer for 10+ hours (I know, but it's worth it!). The longer they have to set, the better they will be!
6. If you're making the chocolate drizzle, make it once the pops have set: Warm a saucepan or skillet over low heat, add ingredients (not the cacao nibs), and whisk to combine. This doesn't make much, but it's plenty to drizzle! This should take about 2 minutes or less, be careful not to burn it!
7. Place parchment paper or a freezer-safe plate in freezer.
8. Add drizzle to a squeeze bottle (or you can just use a spoon!), and drizzle over pops. You can sprinkle cacao nibs onto the drizzle for a superfood boost. Immediately return to the freezer, and place drizzle-side-up on prepared paper/plate.
9. Once drizzle has hardened, roughly :20 minutes later, they're finally ready!
Approximate Nutrition Facts for 1 Fudgsicle without Chocolate Drizzle (Makes 6):
185 Calories | 13g Fat | 15g Carbs | 4g Fiber | 9.5g Sugar | 4.5g Protein | 0.5mg Sodium
Approximate Nutrition Facts for 1 Fudgsicle with generous Chocolate Drizzle (Makes 6):
245 Calories | 18g Fat | 17g Carbs | 4g Fiber | 11.5g Sugar | 4.5g Protein | 0.5mg Sodium