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Fudge Pudding Pops (GAPS, Paleo and Primal)

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Long Before Starbucks . . .

Sub-zero chocolately goodness flowed out the back of the ice cream truck, and ice blue abominable snowman feet with gumball toenails danced on rainbows. The rainbows, of course, came from the band of My Little Ponies who’d joined the caravan of children chasing the truck  down the street. What’s not to love, right?

The danger in thinking this way, of course, is that you just might have the audacity to chase down an ice cream truck when you’re sixteen.  When this happens you’ll hear yourself say “I’d like a screwball, please” as if it were the very first time. And you’ll think, “Man, is there a popsicle name here that won’t make me blush?”

It’s Then That You Realize . . .

That you were right about the rainbows, but wrong about the source. They don’t come from Fluttershy’s home just behind the waterfall below the clouds . . . they come from the carinogenic and ADD-inducing red #40, yellow #5, and blue #2!

Fortunately, there is a healthier way to capture the joy of frosty goodness on a hot summer day  . . . homemade popsicles! Delicious, tried-and-true recipes with a nutrient-dense twist. Take the fudge pudding pops below, for example. They contain magnesium-rich cocoa butter, collagen building gelatin, anti-oxidant rich avocado and even the option for bone marrow (hey, the french do it!).

You’ll love them, I promise. Ready? Set! Summer!

Note: Chocolate is GAPS legal if it doesn’t create digestive problems for you personally. More info here.

Homemade Fudge Pudding Pop Recipe

Equipment Needed:

Unlike juice pops, this recipe can hold a popsicle stick in place. Some of the recipes I’ll be sharing later this season will do much better with a mold like this  stainless steel set I bought after my BPA-free mold broke last year. So much better, and BPA-free doesn’t mean anything anyway!

For now, you can just use dixie cups and plain popsicle sticks :)


  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled and seeded
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup raw honey (depending on your preference)
  • heaping 1 ounce food grade cocoa butter (weight), or 1/4 cup melted (where to buy cocoa butter)
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder (or more to taste – please note that the chocolate flavor is less strong when frozen so you might want to use more than you’d think. And also, cacao contains caffeine )
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon unrefined sea salt (where to buy quality salt)
  • 2 teaspoons grassfed gelatin
  • 2 cups hot coconut milk or raw milk if you’re not on GAPS (where to buy coconut milk, how to make your own coconut milk, where to find raw milk)
  • 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup bone marrow (optional )
  • nuts


  1. Place coconut milk on the stove until it is hot (but not boiling), then remove from heat and set aside
  2. In a medium mixing bowl add the gelatin and 2 tablespoons of coconut milk/milk to allow it to set up.
  3. In a double boiler or small pot set over simmering water, melt the cocoa butter completely.
  4. Remove cocoa butter from heat and stir in with the remaining hot coconut milk.
  5. Slowly add coconut milk mixture to gelatin, whisking thoroughly until the gelatin is completely dissolved
  6. Add coconut milk mixture and all other ingredients (except nuts) to a blender and puree until smooth.
  7. Taste and make sure it is chocolately/sweet enough. Add cocoa powder and honey as needed.
  8. Pour fudge pudding into popsicle mold/dixie cups and sprinkle base with nuts if desired. Freeze for at least 2 hours.
  9. Enjoy!


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110 Responses to Fudge Pudding Pops (GAPS, Paleo and Primal)

  1. Merissa Renea via FB says:

    Fudge pops are AMAZING!

    • Jody lane says:

      What can you use as a substitute for bananas? Should applesauce work? I can’t stomached bananas and they are in everything!

      • Heather says:

        I don’t think applesauce would hold the pop together very well, but you could try! You might also try extra avocado with a bit more sweetener :)

  2. Tamara says:

    Just a little correction… Cocoa powder is actually not GAPS legal. Sorry!

  3. Wyndie Pereira Mileski via FB says:

    hahah I love your humor. Thanks for the recipe. :)

  4. Courtney Shuman via FB says:

    can you replace the gelatin with anything?

  5. You’re amazing. You know that, right? Thank you!!

  6. Alexis D says:

    These look absolutely delicious!!! Thanks for the recipe! :)

  7. ashleyroz says:

    Marrow as in from bones? or the squash?

  8. Courtney Shuman – The gelatin makes the pop slow drip and adds a little protein but it’s not really necessary :)

    • Nancy says:

      Adds to a “creamy” pudding like consistency as well. We make popsicles all the time with coconut milk. All kinds of flavors using just coconut milk as the base. I keep meaning to save some avocado to use in a popsicle, but keep forgetting. Thanks for the reminder. Another healthy add in is a couple of teaspoons of gently melted coconut oil.

  9. Aww shucks Erin Waterbury! I almost feel inspired to get out of my pj’s now!!!

  10. Beth Salwaechter via FB says:

    Yum!!! Cannot wait to make these!

  11. Emily Brown says:

    I’m SOOOOOO excited about this recipe!!! Thanks, Mommypotamus!!!!

  12. Sarah Lenard Lancaster via FB says:

    Well now, how convenient is it that we just finished our tray of popsicles and are ready to make some more?!

  13. jillian says:

    These look amazing! I follow the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for health reasons and if I leave out the chocolate these are a go! I am thinking cinnamon would work?

    • Heather says:

      Cinammon might be a little strong but you could try it! And stay tuned, because I have a DELICIOUS key lime popsicle recipe coming up soon. It’s SCD friendly :)

  14. Emily Van Horn says:

    Dear Heather, These look delicious. Did you create this recipe? How did you learn to do that? :)

  15. tara says:

    oooh this recipe sounds amazing! i want to try it with the bone marrow but not sure what source to use or how to prepare it – any advice or info on what you use would be appreciated! thank you in advance!

    • Heather says:

      Hi Tara! It’s really simple: I buy beef marrow bones (grassfed cows only) from Whole Foods and then let them simmer in a pot for 10 minutes. Once they’ve cooled I remove the marrow and then put the bones back on the stove for beef stock! Easy peasy!

  16. laura says:

    Hello :) I had a question. I am breastfeeding my 7 and a half month old and am trying to start gaps. I am doing the intro to gaps diet and I’m just moving into stage 2 so maybe I should just wait it out but I’m really struggling with energy levels even when I take naps along with Ethan and I’m trying to eat plenty! My milk supply has gone down a little not a lot and I’m asking for your opinion. While breastfeeding should I maybe just go into full gaps? I’m eating plenty of fat, lots of broth, meat, and I fins myself hungry for energy (maybe cuz its digesting faster) but I have to be able to feed him so I’m kinda disappointed in myself maybe for feeling like I can’t or should not do the intro right now.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Laura! The introduction diet is not recommended for breastfeeding mamas because it can cause you to detox too rapidly and the toxins will transfer to breastmilk. Full GAPS, however, is a wonderfully nourishing diet for nursing mamas . . . just make sure to get lots of good carbs like butternut squash and beans because they’re necessary to support hormone function in bf’ing mamas!

  17. laura says:

    By the way I think you are an amazing woman and have inspired me to live beyond the typical “healthy ” diet and pursue the best and most natural life for myself and my family .

  18. Sarah says:

    Looks great! How many does this recipe make if I use the dixie cup method?

  19. Megan says:

    Is that a nut topping on your popsicles in the photo? It doesn’t really look like it…

  20. I’m curious about the cocoa butter. What is its role in this, and would a coconut butter be a good substitute? I have plenty of that and wouldn’t have to go shopping!

    • Heather says:

      Hi Debra! Cocoa butter is what gives it the silky, chocolatey texture. I haven’t tried coconut butter so I’m not sure if it would work, but if you test it out please let me know what you think!

      • Natalie says:

        I just made these with coconut butter since its what I had in and they were great! I bet they’d be better with cocoa butter, but they were still creamy and silky.

  21. Heather,

    I’m assuming you can’t taste the marrow? I think marrow has a strong “cow” flavor. This is awesome though if the other flavors mask it!

    LOVE your dessert recipes :)

  22. sarah says:

    Just printed this recipe and discovered that there is a big error! the ingredients say one thing and the method says to use other ingredients. HELP!
    I just got back from the store with all the ingredients from the list, so I guess I just make up my directions and hope it turns out. PLease email with corrections- I would love to try the original recipe.

  23. Kelly Phillipson says:

    Made these today – my kids TOTALLY LOVED THEM!! (so did I, btw). THANKS!

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  27. Julie says:

    Heather, These look great — I’m looking for some “treats” for my teenage son on GAPS. His birthday is this weekend.

    But I’m confused about you calling these popsicles. Do they go in the freezer for a bit before they are ready to eat?

    • Heather says:

      Oh my goodnes, yes Julie! I can’t believe I didn’t add that into the instructions! They need to freeze for at least two hours (depending on how cold your freezer is) before serving. Thanks for pointing this out – I just updated the post!

  28. Sara B says:

    Can we sub anything for the cocoa butter? I would love to use it but can’t get my hands on any right now :/

  29. Kristin says:

    I usually don’t comment on posts, but these are amazing. We make them all the time. All four of my children love them. Sometimes we don’t freeze it and eat it as pudding. What a great, healthful dessert! Thanks so much!

    • Heather says:

      Yay, THANK YOU for letting me know, Kristin! I love comments that begin with “I don’t usually comment on posts” because I know the author really means what they’re about to say! :)

  30. Susie says:

    Is the purpose of heating the milk to dissolve the gelatin? I’d love to do this with raw milk and kefir as the base, so I’d rather not heat it if I can get around it somehow. I might add an egg yolk or two as well…

    • Tiffany says:

      I used some homemade yogurt that was more on the liguidy side. When you heat it, it won’t even boil. It will probably get just as hot as it does when it incubates which is a healthy temperature for the little critters. One suggestion when you soften or bloom the gelatin, double up on the milk. For instance, the recipe calls for two tablespoons so put four TBSP in a wide container so that as you sprinkle the 2 tsps of gelatin to soften it, you are putting down a thin layer so that it dissolves more thoroughly and faster. So, if your gelatin is soft, when you add it to the “heated” milk, it will dissolve easily. Ya, I love experimenting!

  31. Linda says:

    Holy Cow Batman!!!…those sound amazing. As soon as the weather gets out of the 50’s, I shall give them a try. Or…the pudding option sounds good too! Thank you for posting this!

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  33. Tiffany says:

    Thank You so much for this recipe! the texture is awesome! I even added a handful of walnuts and ground them in the mix. The taste is VERY banana-y. I think I might leave out the banana next time and see how it turns out. Very excited to try this again. I now have about 5 cups worth of popsicles to eat before trying again…oh darn :)

  34. Fajr says:

    How could I adjust this for my daughter who is allergic to banana and avocado but still get a similar texture?

  35. LIz says:

    wanted you to know have always made them with coconut butter instead of cocoa butter cause that’s what I have and they are wonderful. Also I didn’t have marrow but added liver powder!

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  37. These look wonderful! I’m doing a healthy frozen treats round up post for Keeper of the Home on June 14 and plan to include a link to these. Hope it brings lots of new friends your way! Blessings to you, Kelly

  38. Barb Powers says:

    Where should i buy bone marrow from?

  39. mary rose says:

    I’ve been trying to find cocoa butter. Whole foods has some but in the beauty products and I’m not sure if I can use those. I tried looking at your source for buying online but I can’t seem to figure out where it is on the village green network. Can you tell me what brand and where you get cocoa butter?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Mary Rose! I buy mine at Whole Foods, too, but not in the beauty section. They should have food-grade cocoa butter in the raw food section.

  40. Laurel C says:

    Can’t wait to try this in my zoku pop maker as an alternative to my other fudge pop recipe which is soaked raw cashews blended with water or almond milk, honey and cacao powder. You’re recipe looks like a great way to get some great calories into my tiny little 1 year old.

  41. simone says:

    hi there,
    these sound great…just wondering, I only have the Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate gelatin at the moment…will this still work? I am always trying to add it in the kids food when ever i can, but not sure if I need the red can for these? thanks alot!

  42. Tara says:

    Wow! Awesome. One question, we cant do coconut because of allergies, and cant do straight milk, although we can tolerate yogurt. Would yogurt work as a substitute? Thanks so much!

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  45. Nancy says:

    You nailed it again. I have made several of your recipes. I know when I do a search for some healthy GAPS/real food treat and mommypotamus comes up as one of the options that it’s going to be worth the time to make. I have been making “fudge pops” with just coconut milk, cacao powder, gelatin, honey, coconut oil, and sometimes adding in some dashes of seasoning such as cinnamon or ginger. They worked well and my 8 year old daughter loves them. But I felt like they were still lacking oomph. Your recipe really took it up a notch. We have large popsicle molds and this recipe made so much that we ran out of molds. I had enough for 1 to 2 more popsicles that we wound up just pouring into a bowl and sharing. This recipe was really pudding like and creamy and yummy even just eating that extra with a spoon. I did add some coconut oil to the recipe, in the 1 to 2 Tablespoon range (I’m not that big on measuring at times). I also kept the honey at the more minimal side of things with just using a 1/4 cup. The banana we used was huge, which added sweetness. Bone marrow is pretty hard to come by in our area and so it just winds up in our broth, but would have loved to have had that to add in. I also skipped the extra step with nuts and just made plain fudge pops. We can not wait until they are ready to eat as pops. Thanks for another great recipe.

  46. Jenny Coker Craig via FB says:

    Ashe Biles not sure if you follow this page but you’d love it!

  47. Tracy Maynard via FB says:

    Yum , you always have great recipes

  48. Ashe Biles via FB says:

    Thanks Jenny Coker Craig! I’m following this page now :)

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  50. Rosa SantaCruz via FB says:

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  51. Rebecca Mickley via FB says:

    Cheri Harkness!

  52. Yesterday I was thinking it’s about time for some of these :)

  53. Misses Faaleava via FB says:

    Ooooh, thank you so much Mommypotamus! We LOVE fudgesicles 😀

  54. Mylène Barbeau via FB says:

    Rim :)

  55. Meagan Hope Baker via FB says:

    Shannon have you made some thing like this? It sounds that it wouldn’t taste right w the avacado

  56. Shannon Hooker via FB says:

    Meagan Hope Baker i made chocolate “pudding” with avocado and it was hard to tell. same with adding it to my chocolate smoothie. it really lends a light flavor and the chocolate kinds covers it up. 😉

  57. Mell N Viv Nenno via FB says:

    Malena Yako I would make these for me but I hate bananas ..

  58. Heather Day via FB says:

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  59. Thanks Heather Day! I’m pinning this right now!

  60. Shawna Coblentz Murphy via FB says:

    I made these this morning!

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  65. June Biemiller via FB says:

    Could you use almond milk? Not everyone in my family like coconut.

  66. June Biemiller – Yes, you can! It won’t be quite as creamy, but it will still be good :)

  67. MaryAnn Davis via FB says:

    thanks! Great Fudge Pudding Pops recipe.

  68. Erin Hanson via FB says:

    I wish these were already in my freezer….

  69. Lindsey Snyder Griffiths via FB says:

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  70. DaveandRichelle Hart via FB says:

    I’m trying to imagine these without the chocolate (although I’d rather not)…have you tried it?

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  72. Fajr says:

    I have a child who has an allergy to avocado and banana, any suggestions on substitutions? Thanks

    • Amanda @ Mommypotamus Support says:

      Fajr, Coconut cream might work, but you’d probably need to play with the ratios.

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  74. Cha says:

    I made these fudgepops and they were gross. It may have been that I substituted guacamole for the avocado. The garlic undertones just didn’t mesh well with the chocolate and banana.

  75. Jennifer says:

    So, do you know what the carb count is for one of these delicious things?

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