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Rich milk chocolate and kefir are swirled together to create a delicious, probiotic fudge popsicle. Treat yourself to a smooth and creamy classic – now reinvented. Easy to make and perfect for a hot summer day.

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Icy. Cool. And refreshing. That is just what you need on a warm summer day, especially after working hard out in the sun inside the garden. Thankfully, there are many means of refreshment in our refrigerator. While I’m partial to a tall glass of water or a cup of iced tea, my husband prefers a whey soda or a frozen treat.

Growing up I remember my mom made these delicious chocolate popsicles. They were fudgy, creamy and sweet and certainly a memory I will cherish for a long time. Using that recipe as inspiration I created a fudge pop recipe that used low glycemic agave nectar, rich dutch processed cocoa, real milk and kefir. The pops are velvety smooth and bursting with chocolate flavor, reminiscent of those childhood popsicles.

These probiotic popsicles are a great frozen treat to have on hand, for kids and adults alike. Plus, it is just another way to use up excess milk kefir and improve gut health. 

What is a Fudgesicle Made of?

The average fudgesicle is made using chocolate and milk or cream. The chocolate flavor can come from cocoa powder, chocolate chips or a milk chocolate baking bar. In this easy chocolate popsicle recipe, I use a blend of cocoa powder, milk and kefir to create a satisfying probiotic dessert.

How to Make Kefir at Home

Making kefir at home is easy and affordable. All you need is a few teaspoons of kefir grains, a jar and some milk.Add 2-3 teaspoons of kefir grains to a pint size glass jar. Fill the jar to the top with milk. Securely seal the jar with a a plastic lid. Set the jar on your countertop away from direct sunlight. Within 24 hours your kefir is ready to be consumed.

For step by step instructions on making kefir at home, check out this blog post.

Can You Make Kefir Popsicles?

Of course! In this post you will learn how to use kefir to make a chocolate fudge popsicle. Other delicious ways to use kefir to make popsicles are to add in berries, bananas, mango, pineapple and other fruits. I’ve even seen milk kefir dessert recipes that include chocolate chips, cinnamon, vanilla and coffee.

Does Freezing Kefir Destroy Probiotics?

No. Kefir can be frozen without destroying the probiotics. When frozen, the probiotics will simply become dormant until they thawed again.

How to Make Homemade Popsicles Without Popsicle Molds

You don’t have to purchase a fancy popsicle mold in order to make popsicles at home. While I do love my Tovolo Groovy Ice Pop Molds, here are 4 DIY popsicle molds you can make with supplies you probably already have on hand. Just be sure to use a wooden popsicle stick or plastic spoon for the holder.

  • Disposable plastic or paper cups
  • Muffin tins
  • Ice cube trays
  • Mini baking tins or containers

Kefir Popsicle Recipe

Reimagine your dessert with a frozen chocolate popsicle made with probiotics. Cocoa powder, milk, kefir and a natural sweetener make this pop so tasty!

Makes: 8-10 popsicles (depending on mold size)

Ingredients

1/2 cup agave nectar or honey
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 cups milk
1 cup kefir
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

In a saucepan whisk together the agave, cornstarch and cocoa powder. Turn stovetop to medium heat. Slowly stir in the milk until smooth. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute or until thickened.

Remove pan from heat and allow to room temperature or no more than 110° F before adding in the milk kefir. As the chocolate mixture cools, a thin film may appear on the top. Simply whisk it back in to the chocolate. Once cooled, stir in the kefir and vanilla extract.

Pour into popsicle molds or paper cups with a popsicle stick inserted. Freeze for several hours or until completely solid. To remove pops from molds, run under hot water until they slide out.

More Kefir Recipes You’ll Love

Chocolate Peanut Butter Kefir Smoothie

Kefir Eggnog

Kefir Sourdough Bread

Kefir Cheesecake

Yield: 8-10 popsicles (depending on mold size)

Kefir Fudge Popsicles

3 fudge pops sit on a bed of ice cubes

Rich milk chocolate and kefir are swirled together to create a delicious, probiotic fudge popsicle. Treat yourself to a smooth and creamy classic - now reinvented. Easy to make and perfect for a hot summer day.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup agave nectar or honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup kefir
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan whisk together the agave, cornstarch and cocoa powder. Turn stovetop to medium heat. Slowly stir in the milk until smooth. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute or until thickened.
  2. Remove pan from heat and allow to room temperature or no more than 110° F before adding in the milk kefir. As the chocolate mixture cools, a thin film may appear on the top. Simply whisk it back in to the chocolate. Once cooled, stir in the kefir and vanilla extract.
  3. Pour into popsicle molds or paper cups with a popsicle stick inserted. Freeze for several hours or until completely solid. To remove pops from molds, run under hot water until they slide out.

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