Chocolate Banana Popsicles

By Alexandra Caspero on March 25, 2019

I made you fudgesicles! Dairy-free, 5 ingredient fudgesicles. Creamy, chocolatey and perfect for Summer. Yes, I said summer. I know it’s only March but we got rocked by an epic thunderstorm last night that oddly made me crave warm, sticky nights.

Because the best thing to pair with overly humid, Midwestern evenings is a homemade fudgesicle. Obviously.

Raw ingredients for the banana popsicles

These chocolate banana popsicles couldn’t be easier! You already know that whipped frozen bananas make for an incredibly refreshing ice-cream dessert, and the same is true for fudge popsicles!

Bananas, cocoa powder, almond (or peanut butter) and a little vanilla extract blend together to create a very delicious dessert. I made these last week and let Van have a few licks over the weekend- suffice it to say, this kid is as hooked on these as I am.

Popsicle mix poured into the mould, ready for the freezer

For the base, I looked no further than my current favorite snack: banana + almond butter. It’s got enough carbs, protein and fiber to power me through until dinner time. Plus, it’s a snack I feel good about- and don’t have to worry about ‘crashing’ an hour later.

Did you know that almonds have the most plant-powered protein (6g), fiber (4g), calcium, riboflavin, vitamin E, and niacin of any tree nut? Stats like that make me swoon. And hungry.

However, it’s not a big deal if you don’t want to use almond butter in this recipe. I’ve used peanut (and cashew!) in testing these banana popsicles and all of them work well. Use whatever nut butter your family likes best!

Frozen almond butter popsicles

Ingredients for the banana popsicles being blended

To make these chocolate banana popsicles sugar-free:

The amount of sweetness that you add is really up to you. Since I knew I’d be sharing these with Vander, I added in just a tablespoon of maple syrup. I say this often, but my palate is much more savory than sweet, so if you prefer a sweeter popsicle then you might need to add in a little more.

This will also depend on how ripe your bananas are. Riper bananas contain more sugar (and therefore are sweeter) than green bananas. The popsicles will become more sweet as they freeze, so consider that as well.

Banana popsicles ready for serving

One last thing! You can make these without the cocoa powder. They really are completely customizable to your needs and preferences.

You can also make these into striped popsicles by creating two batches: one with cocoa powder and one without. Then, fill a popsicle mold with a little bit of one flavor, top with the other, and continue to make banded fudgesicles that look really cool once frozen. I have a toddler and therefore 0.67 seconds to cook, so I won’t be doing that anytime soon, but it’s a fun idea if you are making these together with older kids.

When you’re ready to get your snack on, just run hot water over the molds for 10-15 seconds and they should pop right out.

Watch how to make these chocolate banana popsicles here:

Banana popsicles with almond butter

Chocolate Banana Popsicles

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 popsicles 1x
  • Category: dessert, snack,
  • Cuisine: Healthy


Vegan Chocolate Banana Popsicles that taste just like a fudgesicle! A kid-friendly dessert you can feel GOOD about! Dairy-free and only 5 ingredients!

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 popsicles 1x
  • Category: dessert, snack,
  • Cuisine: Healthy
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 popsicles 1x
  • Category: dessert, snack,
  • Cuisine: Healthy


  • 4 bananas
  • 3/4 cup almond (or other nut) butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until very smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust sweetness as needed.
  2. Pour the batter into 8-10 popsicle molds (will vary depending type of mold used) and freeze for at least 6 hours, until solid.
  3. Enjoy! Store in a sealed container in the freezer until ready to serve.

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Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, New York Times Bestselling Plant-Based Chef and mom of two. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.

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    1. Trisha
      August 5, 2020 AT 9:32 am

      Wow these are soooo delicious! I didn’t even add any maple syrup or vanilla extract and they were still so good. I made them for my toddler but I can’t stop eating them 🙂

    2. Susan
      March 25, 2019 AT 5:00 pm

      Hi, Alex, Recipe looks awesome! I have a general question about almond butter. So many of the brands I pick up in grocery store contain palm oil, and sometimes added sugar. The way more expensive organic almond butter does not seem to have the palm oil but the price is very high. What do you recommend buying and perhaps it is preferable to make one’s own almond butter?
      Thank you for any insight you may have.

      1. Alex
        March 25, 2019 AT 5:46 pm

        Hi Susan- totally agree; I LOVE the taste of almond butter, but the price point can be much higher than other nut butters. You can absolutely use peanut butter in this recipe if you’d like. I do make my own, when I have the time. It really doesn’t take much effort, just a little time to blend!

    3. Katie @ Produce on Parade
      May 15, 2015 AT 11:57 am

      Oh wow! These look fantastic, and healthy too! 🙂

    4. Deanna Segrave-Daly
      May 15, 2015 AT 5:53 am

      These look DIVINE! Pinning right now to my Frozen Treats board…

      1. Zarina
        March 25, 2019 AT 2:34 pm

        What can I substitute for almond part as I’m allergic to them?

        1. Alex
          March 26, 2019 AT 11:04 am

          Hi Zarina, you can use peanut butter or sunflower butter instead.

    5. Lady Gourmet
      May 9, 2015 AT 8:48 pm

      What a delicious and indulgent treat! I love the sound of these. xo, Catherine

    6. Patricia Conte
      May 8, 2015 AT 6:59 pm

      Such a great idea, and what a fun, healthy snack! Bring them on!

    7. Gina | Running to the Kitchen
      May 8, 2015 AT 4:02 pm

      3pm snack time is the best time of the day and it’d be even better if these appeared in my freezer!

    8. Min
      May 8, 2015 AT 2:23 pm

      I’m in love!! These look amazing, Alex! I used to be the same lunch then come home to eat the whole world. I better get out my popsicle maker now 😉

    9. sarah
      May 8, 2015 AT 7:06 am

      This of my favorites! mmm mmm mmm 🙂

      xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N Healthy.

    10. Beth B
      May 8, 2015 AT 5:53 am

      Popsicles are right up my alley! And now I have another reason to get a blendtec! 🙂