These Homemade Vegan Fudgesicles are a creamy frozen dessert made dairy-free with no refined sugars! Both kids and adults love this chocolate treat that is made with just four simple ingredients.

fudgesicles on ice ready to eat.

Did you ever have a fudgesicle growing up? They’re traditionally made using dairy ice cream blended with cocoa powder and sugar. Fudgesicles on a wooden stick were one of my very favorite sweet treats when I was a kid.

For this homemade vegan and dairy-free version of fudgesicles, I wanted to make a recipe that is just as creamy and decadent as the original. This Vegan Fudgesicle recipe uses cashews blended with cocoa and sweet pitted dates.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • The cashews provide a source of healthy fats and add the distinctive creaminess of a classic fudgesicle.
  • Many recipes use full fat coconut milk to make the fudgesicles. I made them using cashews which have many health benefits.
  • If you buy a packaged version, then you’re likely to get refined sugars like high fructose corn syrup. My recipe uses dates or pure maple syrup for a much more natural sweetener.

Key Ingredients

labeled photo with fudgesicle ingredients

These homemade vegan fudgesicles are made using only four ingredients: cashews, dates, cocoa powder, and vanilla. You can also use raw cacao powder if you prefer.

Let me show you how easy they are to make!

Recipe Steps

Step One 

Gather up all your ingredients, including cashews, water, dates, cocoa powder, and vanilla, and combine in the base of a high-speed blender like a Vitamix.

Step Two

Blend the ingredients until smooth, about 45 seconds.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Three

Pour the fudgesicle mixture into your popsicle molds and freeze until solid, at least 4 hours. 

Step Four

Remove the fudgesicles from the molds and enjoy cold. If you have trouble removing them from the molds, then run them under hot water to loosen them first.

I’m not kidding, these homemade fudgesicles taste just like I remember. I usually use coconut milk as the base of my frozen treats, but the cashews work perfectly so the chocolate is the dominant flavor.

I hope you’ll agree that these healthy fudgesicles are perfect for a sweet tooth on a hot day.

fudgesicles in a bowl.

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • Use these BPA-free popsicle molds or silicone popsicle molds with wooden sticks. If you don’t have conventional molds, you can use an ice cube tray with wooden sticks.
  • When you’re ready to eat the these healthy vegan fudgesicles, you can let them sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes before removing them from the mold. Or, run them under warm water for 15-30 seconds to help remove them.
  • For people who are sensitive to cocoa or chocolate, you can also use carob powder instead of cocoa powder (use the same amount or a little slightly less).
  • To make these extra chocolatey, you can also add some vegan chocolate chips into the molds (add them after you have blended the other ingredients).

Recipe FAQs

Can I use almond milk in this recipe and no cashews?

Yes, but the fudgesicles won’t be as creamy. 

Can I use maple syrup instead of dates to sweet the fudgesicles?

Yes, just leave out the dates and use 1/4 cup of maple syrup instead.

three fudgesicles on a tray.

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bowl of fudgesicles with ice.

Vegan Fudgesicles Recipe

These Homemade Vegan Fudgesicles are a creamy frozen dessert made dairy-free with no refined sugars! Both kids and adults love this chocolate treat that is made with just four simple ingredients.

  • Total Time: 6 hours 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 cup raw cashews*
  • 1 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder (you can substitute carob powder or cacao powder)
  • 8 pitted Medjool dates or 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Combine the cashews, water, cocoa powder, dates (or maple syrup), and vanilla extract in a high-speed blender and process until smooth, about 30 seconds.
  2. Pour into molds and freeze for at least 6 hours.
  3. Enjoy cold.

Notes

  1. * To help the cashews blend easier, soak them in warm filtered water for at least 30 minutes before using. Rinse and drain the cashews before using them.
  2. The nutrition information for this recipe includes dates as opposed to maple syrup.
  3. When you’re ready to eat the these healthy vegan fudgesicles, you can let them sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes before removing them from the mold. Or, run them under warm water for 15-30 seconds to help remove them from the molds.

Keywords: fudgesicles, frozen vegan dessert, healthy fudgesicles

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