These Dairy Free Chocolate Veggie Fudge Pops are a no-guilt treat that packs a little something extra.
Disclosure: I received coupons for the So Delicious products mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by So Delicious and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
Dairy Free Chocolate Veggie Fudge Pops
This morning I was up with the rooster making more of these Dairy Free Chocolate Veggie Fudge Pops. I knew the thermometer would be rising hot and fast and I wanted to get the freezer restocked with these no-guilt treats.
The Under 5 Rule
No-guilt in my book equates to 5 grams of sugar or less per serving. Our family calls it The Under 5 Rule and is a helpful little guideline I picked up from Autism and ADHD Nutrition Specialist, Julie Matthews.
The rule is simple. Enjoy foods that deliver no more than 5 grams of sugar per serving.
This rule has become part of our family food code—our personal code for eating congruent with our values and bodily needs, and one that avows that we’re not perfect eaters all the time.
The Under 5 Rule really helps keep our sugar intake in check. It also has been a lifesaver at the grocery store. If sugar on a nutrition label is over 5 grams, the box goes back on the shelf.
More often than not, The Under 5 Rule applies to goodies we make at home as well.
These Dairy Free Chocolate Veggie Fudge Pops are a good example of how I achieve perfectly sweet in an Under 5 treat. The trick is in combining sweeteners. I’ll go into that in a sec. But before I do I have a little something to whisper in your ear. I amped up the goodness of these pops with a little something extra—a dose of veggies. Yes, some glorious greens!
Hidden in these pops is a half serving of spinach and collards. Believe me when I say that the power greens go completely undetected. The secret is in masking the green hue of the veggies with a dark cocoa like Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder. Or try a combination of raw cacao and a super dark cocoa like Black Onyx.
Sweetening the Zero-Calorie Way
In this recipe, I leave the choice of how to sweeten these pops up to you. If you want to hit The Under 5 Rule, you’ll need to use a zero-calorie sweetener in combination with a caloric sugar like honey, cane sugar, coconut sugar or maple syrup. In this recipe I achieved under 5 grams of sugar per pop and a perfectly balanced “sweet” using a combination of 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup and 15 drops of stevia extract.
Zero-calorie natural sweeteners we stock in our pantry include:
Sweet Inspiration With #FrozenFridays
Because of the rave reviews my kids have given these Dairy Free Chocolate Veggie Fudge Pops, I decided to make them my entry into this year’s So Delicious Dairy Free #FrozenFridays celebration.
The line-up of #FrozenFridays recipes you’ll find over at Go Dairy Free will blow your mind. It is proof that dairy-free isn’t about living without. It’s about living with even more amazing foods, including dessert!
I hope you will take a minute to vote for the most deserving #FrozenFridays treat over at Go Dairy Free. Voting takes place between August 6th and 12th. A handful of you voters will win a freezer full of So Delicious products. So get out your spoons, and start following #FrozenFridays on Instagram and Twitter.
Grab a So Delicious Coupon
In the meantime, if you’d like to whip up one of these dreamy, creamy creations or would like to come up with your own, here’s a $2.00 So Delicious coupon to get you started.
My Favorite Pop Mold
Admittedly, I collect frozen pop molds like Imelda Marcos collected shoes. I like the Prepworks by Progressive Freezer Pop Maker (affiliate link) found on Amazon for its classic frozen pop shape. It makes 10 at a time—enough for my boys and all their friends. But really, any mold will do.
You Might Also Enjoy
Though they fall short of The Under 5 Rule, other dairy free and vegan frozen treats featuring So Delicious Dairy Free products here on Flo & Grace include: