Vegan Coconut Date Fudgy Pops
Yields: about 2.5 cups Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 4 hour (includes freezing time)
*dates are best soaked overnight or at least a few hours
These fudgy pops are simply sweetened with dates and a hint of vanilla rounds out flavor. Coconut milk adds an element of creaminess that mixes with the cocoa for gluten free and vegan chocolaty goodness!
2 T. cocoa powder
1 t. vanilla *(alcohol free, as alcohol tends to overpower flavor when it is not cooked)
1 c. coconut milk, canned (preferably BPA free), whole fat
1 c. water
6 dates, soaked in water, pitted and chopped
1. Soak dates in water, preferably overnight, but they will be softer in 1-2 hours of soaking. After soaking, remove pits, and chop into pea-size pieces. Using the water from the soaking dates in the recipe, keeps a lot of the nutrients released when soaking, yet you can also use fresh water.
2. Mix all ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor. (A note about the coconut milk - You may need to shake and make sure it is well blended when measuring for use, as the fat and liquid tends to separate.)
3. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze until solid (about 2-4 hours).
*A note about the vanilla. Vanilla extract is often made by soaking the vanilla beans in alcohol to intensify and preserve the flavor. After researching on various raw food websites, I learned that anytime vanilla is used in raw food recipes (ie: the vanilla is not heated) and it contains alcohol, the recipes opt for an alcohol free vanilla (often made with vegetable glycerin) or pure vanilla beans (scraping the inside of the actual bean). The reason for this is while the alcohol is usually cooked down when heated, that is not the case with raw recipes, and the alcohol flavor overpowers the vanilla. It's not a safety concern, just simply taste preference.
I’ve got to admit, while my kids are big fans of fruity popsicles, I’d rather spend my calories on chocolate. So, these little guys are a weakness for me, and yet they have so much goodness. Dates are naturally sweet and rich in iron and minerals. Coconut milk has essential fatty acids, which are extremely nourishing for the brain and they help the body stay satiated.
I used popsicle holders that hold about 1/2 c. each, and the recipe above used about all of it. However, a few times there has been a bit leftover, and hey, I just had to have it in a little glass – dairy free chocolate milk!