I haven’t been super public about it (because PRESSURE), but for the entire month of July I’m doing my best to eat only plant-based foods (hopefully the beginning of a long-lasting lifestyle change!) That’s right- so far this month I haven’t eaten any cheese, any ice cream, any eggs, or any milk chocolate bars. It’s been a struggle, but honestly nowhere near as difficult as I had expected, and it’s genuinely shocking how much healthier and happier I feel on a daily basis.
Still, there has been something missing. Fudgesicles!
When summer rolls around all I want is milky creamy cold things. I’m big on chocolate shakes, mint chocolate ice cream, and there’s a special spot in my tastebuds reserved specifically for biting into fudgesicles. There’s something so nostalgic and summery about chocolate goodness melting all over your face and hands, and I just couldn’t pass up one of my favourite seasonal treats altogether, so I came up with a compromise. Turns out vegan fudgesicles are actually super simple to make with the help of some coconut milk and cocoa powder!
We adapted an amazing recipe from The Creekside Cook and added a bit of lavender water, because lavender milk chocolate might just be the best combinations in the whole wide world! We even hand painted our popsicle sticks to make them extra pretty. The final result? A sweet, creamy, floral treat that’s both nostalgic, easy to make and totally animal product free.
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1 13 ounce can coconut milk
⅓ cup cocoa powder
4 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Lavender water (to taste, we added four drops)
pinch of kosher salt
Adapted from The Creekside Cook. Makes 6 popsicles
Blend all of the ingredients on high in a blender (we used our Vitamix)
Pour liquid into popsicle moulds and place in the freezer.
Let the popsicles freeze for about two hours, then carefully place each stick in the moulds just before the pops go solid so they don’t bob and become sunken/crooked.
If you want to get fancy like we did, tape off your popsicle sticks (about halfway) and get creative with painting! We did ombre and paint splatter, and it really took our pops to the next level. Just make sure the paint is far enough down the stick that it won’t come into contact with the pop itself, or use food safe paints!
Once the popsicles are frozen solid (ideally overnight) remove from the moulds and serve!