Raw raspberry fudge pops + homemade magic shell

Raw raspberry fudge pops + homemade magic shell

I sat on the couch in our bedroom Monday night, googling a bunch of random and seemingly harmless inquiries I’d thought about throughout the course of the day. Season four OINTB. Summer 2016? A whole year? At least they’re consistent with their release dates. Wet hot American summer. Oh, it’s a movie. Turned TV series. Consider them both added to the queue of Shit I Will Watch in Bed at 10PM then Fall Asleep 30 minutes in and Never Watch Again. Donald Trump. LOL. CDC recommended vaccines for Bolivia and Peru. Oh shit oh shit oh shit OH SHIT. Yellow fever. Simultaneous nostril flare + furrowed brow. Subsequent overreactive and very aggressive search of: WILL I DIE IF I CONTRACT YELLOW FEVER?

Which then lead me down an awful, awful hours-long rabbit hole of reading the pros and cons of getting vaccinated for yellow fever, even though the first thing I read was that the vaccine isn’t required if you’re sticking to high altitude areas. Still, I continued reading (well past my typical bedtime) and clung tight to those horrific stories of vaccine receivers who were miserable for a solid week, following the jab. And even though there were a lot of non-horrific accounts, too, I decided to focus on the bad because I’m an irrational human being when I’m under a lot of stress. I’m also an irrational human being who completely overlooks vital pieces of information. Like the fact that the vaccine isn’t even required for the places that we’re visiting.

But the Google party didn’t end there.

Nope. I then proceeded to search and read nearly every scholarly article surrounding the efficacy of various mosquito repellents. Because if I’m going to forgo the vaccine (that isn’t required), I should probably make sure I’m choosing one that will provide optimal protection from those sneaky, little vermin. It should come as no surprise that my preferred repellent is one that’s made with all natural ingredients, the active one being lemon eucalyptus oil. As it turns out, it has a decent success rate (if you douse yourself in it every damn hour) (who has time for that?) – but research agrees: nothing is as good at keeping the biters at bay as that heavy-duty, chemical shit storm pesticide that will likely be attributed to cancer at some point in my lifetime. The chemical shit storm I was hoping I could avoid because our skin is a like a giant sponge, yo! So instead of continuing to go down yet another rabbit hole of unwarranted speculation, I got a fudge pop from the freezer and then decided that the fact that I’m even worrying about any of this is an indication that I need to find something more productive to do with my time. Like get posts lined up for you guys while I’m away. And make more fudge pops. Because I ate them all last night.

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Notes: If you don’t want to make the vanilla cashew milk, replace it with your favorite raw nut milk or water. Or, if you couldn’t care less about preserving the raw status of these fudge pops, make them with your favorite unsweetened vanilla almondmilk. Since most popsicle molds you find in grocery stores make six popsicles, I scaled my original recipe back so those of you who don’t have a ten-pop mold wouldn’t have to find something to do with the rest of the fudge pop mixture. If you have a ten pop mold (like me) you can multiple the recipe by 1.5 (except for the vanilla cashew milk – use 3 cups of that) to get enough mixture to fill your mold. If you’ve got an aversion to dates (HI MEL!) you can replace them with 1/3 cup of grade B maple syrup or any other liquid sweetener of your choice.

More chocolate-raspberry goodness: No-bake chocolate-raspberry tart and double chocolate raspberry brownies.

RAW RASPBERRY FUDGE POPS + HOMEMADE MAGIC SHELL

Raspberry fudge pop base
3/4 cup (100g) cashews, soaked 4+ hours
8-10 (140g) medjool dates, pitted and soaked for 20 minutes
1/2 cup (44g) cacao powder
1 3/4 cups (390g) raw vanilla cashew milk, recipe follows
Heavy pinch of fine sea salt
10-12 frozen raspberries
1 tablespoon cacao nibs

Magic shell
1/2 cup (44g) cacao powder
1/4 cup (75g) Grade B maple syrup
1/2 cup (100g) unrefined coconut oil, melted (but not hot)
Pinch of fine sea salt

Discard the soaking water and add the cashews and dates to the base of a high speed blender, such as a Vitamix. Add the cacao powder, cashew milk, and sea salt, then blend on high speed until smooth and creamy; about 1-2 minutes. At this point the mixture will be filled with air bubbles, so you’ll want to slowly pulse it for about a minute to remove them. Once the mixture is mostly air bubble-free, pour it into your popsicle mold, top with raspberries (you’ll want to break them into smaller pieces) and cacao nibs, assemble sticks, then transfer the mold to the freezer for at least 12 hours (although 24 hours is best).

When you’re ready to finish the fudge pops, remove the mold from the freezer and let it sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before attempting to remove them. While you’re waiting, prepare the magic shell by adding the cacao powder to a small bowl and stirring in 1/4 cup of the coconut oil, until smooth. Stir in remaining coconut oil, maple syrup, and sea salt, then transfer to a deep glass or jar (preferably one that has a lid).

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and stick it in the freezer. Remove fudge pops, one at a time, from the mold and dip into magic shell, then garnish with freeze dried raspberries and/or cacao nibs, if desired. Once the shell has dried (it takes seconds), place the fudge pops on the frozen parchment lined sheet. Once all of the pops are dipped, allow them to chill in the freezer for about 30 minutes, then transfer to a plastic bag. They’ll keep frozen for weeks, but I doubt they’ll last that long. Allow frozen fudge pops to thaw for 20-30 minutes before consuming.

The magic shell recipe makes more than you’ll need to dip the fudge pops, so store leftovers in an air tight jar in the refrigerator. It will solidify so you’ll need to reheat it to return it to dipping consistency. To do so, simply place the jar in a small saucepan then fill water halfway up the side of the jar. Heat over medium heat until liquid. Allow to cool to room temperature before dipping or pouring over frozen treats. DO NOT REHEAT IT IN A MICROWAVE.

Yield: 6-7 fudge pops

RAW VANILLA CASHEW MILK

1 cup (100g) cashews, soaked 4+ hours
3 cups (654g) filtered water
1/4 vanilla bean
, split and scraped
Dash of cinnamon
 (optional)
1-2 (20g) medjool dates, pitted (optional)
Pinch of fine sea salt

Discard the soaking water and add the cashews to the base of a high speed blender, such as a Vitamix. Add the filtered water, scraped vanilla bean seeds, cinnamon (if using), dates (if using), and sea salt, and blend (on low speed, working your way up to high) for 2-3 minutes, until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a jar and refrigerate for up to one week. Shake before using, as separation is inevitable.

Yield: About 3 1/2 cups

44 Comments

  • Reply Meg 12 August 2015 at 6:45 AM

    Epic Googling shenanegans.
    BABE, where did you get the freezer mold to put the fudge in? I NEED ONE…..

    • Reply Ashlae 12 August 2015 at 6:58 AM

      OH HEY BABE –

      It’s from Target, made by Norpro. Linked to it in the body of the recipe. :) XO

  • Reply Kate F. 12 August 2015 at 7:55 AM

    Cashews are soakig right NOW! I can’t wait. I also can’t wait to see your photos from South America. I went a few years ago but only brought my iPhone along. I also didn’t get any vaccines even though we went to a few places where they were “recommended.” Definitely bring bug spray with DEET. Enjoy your trip!

  • Reply kathryn @ The Scratch Artist 12 August 2015 at 8:02 AM

    Here’s to rabbit holes! Oh my gosh, that wave of heat and heart pounding moment when you read something like your yellow fever discovery. Oh my god I’m gonna die! Everyone I love is going to die! I need to read everything about this or we are all going to die!!! And then you absolutely cannot stop yourself because, you know, irrationality is so much more compelling than rationality. I like your method of coping. Eat fudge pops. I usually reach for homemade peanut butter, eeee! But If I had one of these in my freezer I would probably have gone for that too…and then I would have covered it in peanut butter :-)

  • Reply Maddy @ The Sweetest Beet 12 August 2015 at 8:02 AM

    O my god. I’m seriously considering these as tomorrow morning’s breakfast. These are absolutely stunning, and I’m beyond excited about the homemade magic shell. Beautiful photos, too!

  • Reply Cady 12 August 2015 at 8:09 AM

    These look so good, they’re so freakin’ creamy. And #swoon over that diagonal dip. I’m still trying to get the hang of blending nuts 100% smooth in my Ninja blender. I think the trick is more patience and liquid.

    I wonder if you could blend half with the raspberries sans cacao, freeze, and then do the other half chocolate? For a layer? Hmm..

    *Latin American music plays*

  • Reply Bella B 12 August 2015 at 8:23 AM

    These look so delicious! I need to check out Target for that mold.

    xoxoBella

  • Reply Sophie | The Green Life 12 August 2015 at 9:03 AM

    I can’t believe how amazing these look!! Can’t wait to try them!
    Your photos are GORGEOUS!

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar 12 August 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Holy smokes, this flavour combination sounds so good!! I love it!

  • Reply jess 12 August 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Thank you for posting this, can’t wait to make them! Can’t decide whether to buy a popsicle maker or do like my mom would and use empty yogurt containers with a popsicle stick… those were the days. Side note: I needed a yellow fever vaccine a few years back and I never really researched it, but I had no issues or reactions or horror stories. Some of my travel companions contracted dengue fever, which obviously is different, but in my mind it made me glad I had taken the precaution.

  • Reply Barb@ThatWasVegan 12 August 2015 at 9:50 AM

    I’m looking at Bolivia and Peru for next spring/summer! When are you going? Also- THANK YOU for inventing vegan magic shell!!

    • Reply Ashlae 12 August 2015 at 2:09 PM

      HEY LADY

      We leave Sunday morning. I’ll be back with a full report. :)))))

  • Reply Sydney | Modern Granola 12 August 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Mmm this sounds and looks so delicious. I bet that vaccination drama is easier over cold and creamy fudge pops. Can’t wait to try these gorgeous babes!
    xx Sydney

  • Reply renee (will frolic for food) 12 August 2015 at 12:00 PM

    YES YES YESSSSS all the yes. Speaking my dessert language, girl! These sounds (and look) fabulous! Can’t wait to make some of these for myself.

  • Reply Elizabeth 12 August 2015 at 1:17 PM

    these look so good! please don’t get yellow fever.

    • Reply Ashlae 12 August 2015 at 2:07 PM

      I will feed them to you tomorrow night. After I eat all your CSA vegetables.

  • Reply Melissa 12 August 2015 at 1:51 PM

    I went to Peru in 2007 and got the yellow fever vaccination and had no problems whatsoever. I don’t remember any issues with bugs until we spent about 3 days living in the Amazon…literally, walking through the jungle covered in DEET I’d feel okay until I stopped to take a photo or something and then the swarms of mosquitos would buzz in my ears. It was so unnerving how many mosquitos there were (and I grew up in Hawaii where they’re kind of no big deal). So, you probably have nothing to worry about if you stay in the non-jungle-y parts. Hope you guys are going to Machu Picchu because it really is one of the most amazing, spiritual places ever!

    • Reply Ashlae 12 August 2015 at 2:06 PM

      Hey Melissa –

      Good to know + OOF! Thom wants to go to the rainforest but we’re going to play it by ear. I bought a crapload of DEET and fisherman’s formula (not allowing myself to read anything on the interweb) so I suppose if we do go, I will strip down to my underwear and spray it alllll over my body. Including my ears. And yes! We’re doing the Salkanty Trail to MP and I am over-the-moon excited. It’s been #1 on my bucket list for years.

      • Reply Melissa 12 August 2015 at 2:44 PM

        Since you guys are pretty big world travelers, I think you should do it! It was one of those things for me that I’m happy I did it/saw it/lived it and feel no need to do it ever again :) The bugs were enormous and I was so paranoid about stepping on a snake under all the leaves. But literally the worst things that happened were: I dropped my sunglasses in a leech filled pond (my guide retrieved them), I got pickpocketed (thankfully, nothing of value was stolen), and a giant bug made its way into my mosquito net at bedtime (and I screamed like a little girl and made one of the other guests wrangle it out of there). We made it out alive and saw things like the pink dolphins that swim in the Amazon, went piranha fishing, and saw wild howler monkeys. The people were AMAZING and generous and it was eye-opening seeing the rudimentary lives they lead in the middle of nowhere!

        • Reply Abby 13 August 2015 at 7:00 PM

          Oh, so very sorry to pop in on this conversation, but now I’m absolutely *dying* to see Machu Picchu! I actually dreamt that I was there a couple weeks ago, and it’s been on my brain since. ;)

  • Reply Jade Sheldon-Burnsed 12 August 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Not the rabbit hole!

    Well, looks like it at least led you to create these gorgeous pops…

  • Reply Alanna 12 August 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Oh mama, these pops are stunning and they sound out of this world! Um, I would be completely freaking out about the mosquitos. We get a few mosquitos in our San Francisco apartment every summer and that makes me miserable, so I can’t even imagine traveling somewhere with swarms that think eucalyptus oil is a tasty marinade. Good luck finding something effective to ward off those little assholes!

  • Reply Jess @ alittlealice.com 12 August 2015 at 8:04 PM

    holy poopsicles!!!!! they look delicious!!! what a yummy lil concoction!! and oh dear i can relate all to well to the endless google party, at least not i’ll have delicious provisions to accompany me on my journey through late-night despair :D

  • Reply Mel 12 August 2015 at 8:07 PM

    You are my favorite! For even remembering my embarrassing distaste for dates. Thankfully my pantry is stocked with maple syrup. Hal would LOVE these. My mold has sat unused all summer. Thanks for the prompt! Also, love your ?

  • Reply cynthia 13 August 2015 at 9:18 AM

    These are MAGICAL. (No pun intended?) I would have gone down all the same rabbit-Google holes and eaten about fifteen of these to compensate — but it sounds like your trip going to be incredible, DEET and all. I can’t wait to hear and see all about it. Safe travels to you, fabulous lady!

  • Reply Gabriella | So We Go 13 August 2015 at 12:41 PM

    holy fudgeeee i need these in my life right now! and your photos are just beautiful. Have an amazing trip away :) xxx

  • Reply Jasmin 13 August 2015 at 1:47 PM

    The raspberry base stuff is great, but that shell is truly magical – the most beautiful pops I probably seen so far! Excellent work!

  • Reply Abby 13 August 2015 at 6:57 PM

    Oh, Ashlae, I fee ya! Before my family’s trip to Thailand several months ago I fell down that same vaccine ‘rabbit hole’… which wasn’t even necessary, as there isn’t currently a malaria or dunuge fever outbreak in the areas we visited. But damn, was I ever anxious! Of course, I was *probably* stressed about other things, such as packing, college applications, etc. and my silly brain decided to focus on mosquitos and diseases instead. Gah.

    ANYWAYS. Gorgeous photos, lady! Loving this post. <3

  • Reply Amanda | Pickles & Honey 13 August 2015 at 11:05 PM

    I will chime in on the bug spray (even though hiking in the Badlands, for example, is nothing like hiking through the Amazon!). I was ALL about the natural chemical-free bug repellent and bought the best of the best, at least according to my in-depth Google searching, while simultaneously giving Aaron shit for buying DEET (cancer!). Two seconds into mosquitoes swarming and biting me with the natural stuff I couldn’t slather the DEET on fast enough. You might look into something with a combo of Picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus. A reader sent me a consumer report on how that’s actually more effective than DEET and less toxic.

    And non-bug-related, you are killing it with these popsicles! Pinning for later. <3

    • Reply Ashlae 14 August 2015 at 7:32 AM

      YO LADY!

      Relieved to hear that about Picaridin because that’s what I wound up ordering (along with my lemon eucalyptus spray, of course). I thought about it for a while and I just can’t do DEET. The smell. The feeling on my skin and the fact that I’ll not be showering for days at a time. NO THANKS. Hope your US adventure is going well!

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    I strongly recommend the Ava Anderson Natural Bug Spray. It is SO effective and uses lemon eucalyptus and cat nip as the active ingredients , both of which have been shown in studies to be more effective than DEET. You have to apply more frequently then you would a product with the dangerous chemicals, but it seems like a fair compromise to me. http://www.avaandersonnontoxic.com/lindsayc “shop” $19.95 for two bottles – it’s a steal.

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  • Reply Helen 16 August 2015 at 2:51 AM

    Wowzers these look amazing!

    First time to the blog and I find this gorgeous recipe, someone on the same Netflix wavelength as me and hilarious chat about excessive Googling (guilty as charged!)

    Hope you have a fab time away!

    Helen

  • Reply Dave Scott 16 August 2015 at 10:27 PM

    These fudge pops are a work of art. Just like the photography and just like the writing and just like its incredible taste. Thanks for soaking me up in popsicle heaven.

  • Reply Mary 18 August 2015 at 9:37 AM

    I made these yesterday! They are pretty delicious, except I don’t think my teeny tiny blender/processor is strong enough to get the silky creaminess that you achieved :( Do you think if I soaked the nuts/dates longer than the 4 hours/20 minutes you recommended it would help?

    • Reply Ashlae 18 August 2015 at 6:34 PM

      Hi Mary –

      I think it would help tremendously! Try a 24 hour soak for both. Hopefully your little blender will be able to process them, then!

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens 18 August 2015 at 1:48 PM

    I get into such bad rabbit holes whenever I start googling stuff. And then I get scared. But then I find something else that’s exciting. And then someone will offer an excellent rebuttal with some scientific article and then it becomes an endless cycle. I have mad popsicle cravings now. Have an amazing trip and please don’t get yellow fever because who else is going to fuel my vegan dessert addiction?!

  • Reply Ruby 18 August 2015 at 9:05 PM

    These Popsicles look just so…delicious isnt a strong enough word! All the popsicles popping up on food blogs at the moment are making me crave summer months yours especially. So tired of freezing my buns off right now :)

  • Reply George SSF 18 August 2015 at 9:47 PM

    The photos look awesome… the popsicles looks so adorable!!! I never see the popsicles in this way… what a good idea! will give it a try

  • Reply Jamie 19 August 2015 at 3:21 AM

    Your amazing fudge pops look absolutely mouth watering. and the photos are so beautiful. Thanks for the recipe too.

  • Reply Hannah 20 August 2015 at 2:05 AM

    Popsicles.. My Favourite!! Love the colours combination which make me want to try this recipe out now!

  • Reply Susannah (Lemon and Coconut) 20 August 2015 at 9:57 AM

    This is draw-joppingly (?) amazing stuff, I can’t even believe such an ice lolly could be made and be available to me I’m in shock… and you’re photo’s are so beautiful. This is such lovely food in every way.

    I did the same thing with rabies vaccination or injection or whatever when my cat caught a bat, which escaped in the house and ended up flying into my head (it didn’t end well for the bat unfortunately as he escaped, and then got caught again – this is veggie catfood for you, creates a super cat!). You google it and it’s horrifying.

    Any decision you make will be the right one, sounds like you’re v thoughtful. Have a great trip! :)

  • Reply Fiona 22 August 2015 at 4:05 AM

    Sooooo excited about making these! Just went to get the cashews soaking and noticed 3/4 cup for the fudge base and 1 cup for the cashew milk are both listed as 100g… don’t want to be too pedantic but can you please clarify? Thanks!

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