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Super Healthy Fudge Pops (with added veggies)

From that day on, I started making these suckers on repeat. Constantly. They make the perfect snack to refuel with after a long day of swimming or a fun dessert to enjoy (for the kids and adults) that actually benefits the body instead weighing it down.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: helthy fudge pop, hidden veggies, Paleo fudge pop, vegan fudge pop
Servings: 6 popsicles
Calories: 80kcal

Equipment

  • popsicle molds

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana (the riper the better) or to taste
  • 3/4 cup diced zucchini
  • 2 tbsp nut butter or sunflower seed butter or sub 1/2 a pitted avocado
  • 1 cup loosely packed greens (I like to use baby spinach or kale. If using kale, make sure to remove the ribs before adding to the blender)
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk OR full-fat coconut milk or milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder OR unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tbsp maple syrup or honey* optional and to taste. *do not give honey to children under 1 year of age

Instructions

  • Combine milk and greens in a blender and puree until greens are pureed.
  •  Add remaining ingredients and any optional “boosters” (see below) that you are choosing to add to the pops. Blend again until smooth.
  • Taste and adjust sweetness if needed. Portion out into ice pop molds and freeze 6-8 hours or until set.
  • Once set, run warm water over the mold for a few minutes to help release the fudge pops and enjoy.

Notes

*Suggested “Boosters” (OPTIONAL)

These Super Healthy Fudge Pops on their own are simple, healthy and awesome. You really don’t have to add anything else to them, but there are a few things that you can opt to add that give them a little “boost” of nutrients and healthy goodness.
Again, these are all option boosts! Use them all or don’t use any! The choice is yours.
Chia seeds. Chia seeds are chalked full of Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and protein. They are awesome for helping to thicken up a smoothie and are widely available. Recommended boost measurement: 2-3 tablespoons
Ground Flaxseeds. Like chia seeds, flax seeds are loaded with protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and fiber…plus they are great for getting the pipes moving in the bathroom if you or your little one(s) have constipation issues. These lovely little seeds have a mild nutty flavor and are a great thing to put in your gut, but are most easily digested when ground. Recommended boost measurement: 2-3 tablespoons
 Hemp hearts. Hemp hearts are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and protein like chia seeds and flax seeds, but are also a terrific source of iron and vitamin E. Recommended boost measurement: ¼ cup
Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides. Collagen is a wonderful thing for anyone of any age to have in their daily smoothie! It is wonderful for keeping bones healthy and strong, supports joint health, and helps keep hair, skin and nails healthy and youthful! However, do not use if you are looking to make a vegan or vegetarian popsicle. Recommended boost measurement: 2-4 tablespoons

Nutrition

Serving: 1pop | Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 512IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 1mg