Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Fudgesicles

Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Fudgesicles | Revamperate Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Fudgesicles | RevamperateHappy Monday! Today is my first day at a new job, so here’s to hoping it’s a good one! Also, Daylight Savings yesterday means I can finally have light in the evenings again and, as a blogger, that’s really exciting. All in all, I think this week is off to a good start!

Now, on to the recipe! I recently purchased almond milk for the first time. A few months ago, I started developing stomach problems and my doctor never found a cause, so I started messing around with my usual diet to see if it helped. Although I don’t think dairy was the problem (I’ve had dairy my whole life without a problem), it was the first thing I cut down on in my day-to-day diet. 

Then I started making a better effort to eat healthier and began making a lot of smoothies and eating more veggies, which resulted in me choosing almond milk for my smoothies instead of yogurt or milk. That’s when I discovered that I didn’t notice the difference at all and it eliminated a little dairy from my diet. One of my favorite smoothies is a chocolate, peanut butter and banana smoothie that I make with almond milk, and when the weather starting heating up, it dawned on me that it would make the most amazing popsicle! Well, rather, fudgesicle.

That’s how I made these peanut butter banana fudgesicles that are dairy free/vegan, but they taste like something really unhealthy you’d find in the ice cream isle at the grocery store. Trust me, friends, you’re going to want to try this one!

Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Fudgesicles | Revamperate Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Fudgesicles | RevamperateIngredients (makes 4-5 fudgesicles):

  • 1 banana 
  • 2 tbsp natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (can use regular milk if preferred)

In a blender, combine all of the ingredients and mix until smooth. You can use frozen bananas if you prefer, but it doesn’t really matter. Pour the smoothie mixture into a popsicle mold and freeze for several hours until solid. 

To remove from mold, let it sit out for a few minutes and pull them out. From the moment you bite into them, they’re like heavenly chocolatey popsicles with subtle banana and peanut butter flavors. Best of all, you don’t have to feel guilty eating one for a snack any time! You could even have one for breakfast and pretend that you’re having ice cream for breakfast. What’s better than that?!

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Easy Peachy Raspberry Sangria Popsicles

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Happy Friday! It has been blazing hot lately in SoCal, and I can’t even imagine what that means for the rest of the country. I’ve noticed that there’s one spot on our couch next to the windows that gets a nice breeze sometimes, so if you sit in that one spot all day, you’re good. Otherwise, it’s HOT. 

So what’s perfect on a hot day? Everybody say it with me…popsicles! Popsicles are my favorite frozen treat when I’m trying to be good by not eating ice cream. They’re probably not really any better for me, but I pretend that they are…Best of all, I made Sangria popsicles, and yes, they’re filled to the brim with alcohol. You’ll love them. 

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You might be wondering how you can make sangria popsicles when wine doesn’t freeze? Well, if you add too much alcohol to something, it won’t freeze well, but the balance of sangria, Triple Sec and soda in these allows the popsicles to freeze and hold their form while keeping them a little bit soft and slushy-like, which I love. They’re quite strong, so add more soda and less wine if you prefer a more subtle taste. For this recipe, I used peaches and raspberries and let them soak in the wine all day before freezing them together, and the frozen fruit is a delicious addition to the popsicles. 

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Ingredients (makes 10 popsicles):

  • 1 bottle white wine (3 cups, I used sauvignon blanc)
  • 2 tbsp Triple Sec
  • 1/4 cup lemon lime soda
  • 1 peach, pitted and thinly sliced 
  • 1/2 cup raspberries (or about 12 berries)

Pour the wine and Triple Sec into a large pitcher. Wash and cut the fruit and add to the wine mixture. Because the fruit will be going into a popsicle mold, you want to cut the peaches pretty thin. The raspberries can remain whole. Refrigerate the sangria mixture for several hours to allow the fruit to blend with the wine.

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After 3-4 hours, pull out the pitcher and mix in the lemon lime soda. Then pour the liquid into the popsicle molds until they’re about 3/4 full, using a strainer to hold back the fruit. Because of the narrow molds, it’s best to add the fruit after the liquid is already poured. Divide the fruit between the molds so that you have a couple of each kind in each mold. Place the tops or popsicle sticks on top and freeze overnight or for several hours until the popsicles have completely hardened. Carefully remove the popsicles from their molds and serve! Prepare to be refreshed!

Vodka Watermelon Popsicles

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Watermelon totally embodies summer. It’s cool and refreshing, and immediately makes me think of picnics and sitting poolside. And it’s even more perfect when it’s blended into a popsicle with a little kick of vodka. You just can’t beat watermelon. I made these vodka watermelon popsicles with my awesome new popsicle mold, and they were incredibly easy. Plus, as far as frozen treats go, these are pretty darn good. They do use soda to get some added flavor, but fruit popsicles are a great treat that are healthier than ice cream, so you can’t feel too guilty. You can certainly make them without the vodka, but I found that it made the popsicles a little bit softer, which was nice. It’s a small enough amount of vodka (because you still need the popsicles to freeze) that you can’t really taste it, but it’s nice to know it’s there either way!

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Ingredients (10 popsicles):

  • 1/2 of a mini watermelon
  • 1/4 cup dragon fruit vodka (can substitute flavorless or Watermelon flavor)
  • 1 cup Sprite (can substitute other lemon lime soda)

First cut the watermelon in half and into pieces, removing the peel. You’ll only need half of a small watermelon to make 10 popsicles, which is how many molds I had. Puree the watermelon in a blender or food processor until very fine. The seeds should puree with the melon.

Add the soda and vodka to the watermelon, and mix for just a few seconds until combined. Distribute the mixture evenly between each cavity in the popsicle mold and freeze for several hours.

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Once frozen, enjoy! One of these might just be the treat you need to get over this Wednesday hump day…