Raise your hand if your grew up on freezer pops! I sure did (mouth sores and all!) although I now realize it was probably because it was the most cost-efficient way to provide me and my three siblings with a steady supply of popsicles throughout the summer…
Although I’m all for allowing my children to enjoy treats, freezer pops and many other types of popsicles are little more than sugar and artificial dye, so these days I don’t stock them in the house. If the universe happened to provide my kids with such treats I’d certainly let them enjoy one, but at home we go for slightly more nutritious options.
And you know what? They’re just as fun and delicious, and perhaps even MORE so! I’ll admit that making these does involve the extra hassle of, well, MAKING them and cleaning up afterwards. With a high-speed blender, it’s a pretty simple task, though, and I think it’s helpful to my kids to participate in the cooking process and see what goes into the recipe.
If you can even call this a recipe, that is! Just two ingredients: bananas and chocolate powder. That makes them free of added sugar, but honestly the real reason there’s no sugar in this recipe is that the final product simply doesn’t need it! Ripe bananas are perfectly sweet enough and leaving out sugar means there’s one fewer container that I have to pull from the cabinet (and risk my toddler spilling all over…)
These dinosaur molds from Tovolo (affiliate link) make the popsicles extra fun, but of course you could make this recipe in any kind of popsicle mold. And I have to say, there’s something about using bananas as the base that helps the popsicles freeze uniformly and without too many ice crystals, making them pretty close to an actual Fudgsicle!
If you do use these molds, be warned: You need to be extra careful when peeling the mold off as there is a risk of beheading your dinosaur and spurring a toddler meltdown. I also recommend using a chopstick to push the mixture into all the little dinosaur crannies, lest your toddler whine that “it’s hand is missing!!”
2-Ingredient Fudge Pops
3 large ripe bananas*
2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
*This will fill four 3-oz. molds. Increase as needed, adding 2/3 tbsp of chocolate powder for every extra banana you add.
Blend the bananas and chocolate powder together in a blender or food processor until smooth.
Fill popsicle molds. Consider using a chopstick to push the mixture into the corners of the mold and/or tapping the filled popsicles against the counter to remove air bubbles.
Freeze until solid, likely 6 hours or overnight.
*If using these Tovolo Dinosaur Molds, be very careful when removing the silicone so you don’t pull the dinosaur’s head off!