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Cookie dough choc pops

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Ugh. It’s one of those days where my stomach is in knots, my head is pounding, and I’m waiting for all the balls to drop. I was already feeling like this yesterday when everything that could go wrong did, but luckily there were small glimmers of joy, such as cuddling with cats, a new gigantic flask from Man-thing (to keep me up to my gills in coffee during loadshedding), and these pops. I still haven’t gotten my hands on proper pop moulds, but I had enough of waiting for something that I’d been planning for ages, so this is my DIY version of deliciousness. Sadness, suck it!cookiedoughpopsplash

Thanks in no small part to the upcoming ebook, I have an overabundance of sweet potatoes and other root veggies lying around the kitchen and not always enough time to do something spectacular with them. The ebook is anyway close to 50 pages so I figured I’d reel it in and share something easy and tasty on the blog. Also, I have these little sticks I bought to amuse my little sister (they didn’t), so naturally ice-cream was called for! popcupsOne of the bummers about being addicted to food blogs (apart from all the US & Canada only giveaways that make me sad!) is seeing all the snazz gadgets and thingamajigs that people have in store to create all sorts of fun dishes and treats. It took me two years to find a cheap-o spiralizer that can only take carrots or zucchinis of a certain size anyway, broke my dough stand, and go through blenders pretty quickly, so stuff like pop moulds or donut pans are just a bit beyond my grasp in a country that seems hell-bent on circumventing my will. Well, a blogger makes a plan, as much as it lacks in glamour. cookiedoughpopcups

Cookie dough choc pops (serves 4):

Cookie dough layer:

  • 1 cup sweet potato purée
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp aniseed
  • 2 – 3 TBSP vegan dark choc chips
  • 2 TBSP non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp caramel essence
  • Optional: 2 TBSP NuNaturals oat fibre

Choc layer:

  • 1.5 cups sliced frozen bananas
  • 1 TBSP non-dairy milk
  • 2 TBSP cacao powder
  • 2 tsp sweetener of choice
  • pinch salt
  • 2 droppers NuNaturals NuStevia Liquid Vanilla/2 tsp vanilla extract

How-to:

  1. Blend your cookie dough layers and set aside.
  2. Blend your choc layer.
  3. If you don’t have pop moulds, place clingfilm in a cup.
  4. Spoon alternate layers until you reach the top with chocolate.
  5. Stick in your pop sticks and place upright in the freezer for an hour or two until set.
  6. Remove by wiggling the clingfilm, then place on its side and slice through the middle. Store in the freezer.

cookiedoughpopcut3These things are pretty epic, considering how easy they are! And if you’re lacking in sweet potato and are a bit more adventurous you can even use chickpeas (with more non-dairy milk) or pumpkin, but the latter will definitely change the flavour.  cookiedoughpopcut2I thought I wasn’t going to go overboard last night on the comfort eating front, but I ended up on another munchie fest, and this was eventually eaten on top of a cup of all bran for some weird reason.  Does anyone else get absurd combination cravings and ridiculous hours? This wouldn’t have made sense during daylight, but for some reason at night my brain goes on its own merry mission with delicious intentions but some unpleasant consequences for the next morning. Still, worth every melt-y bite. 
cookiedoughpopcut4I love anything with choc chips, and to be honest I don’t know how so many bloggers manage all these artistic shots with casually strewn nuggets of chocolate gold everywhere, because all the leftover choc chips went straight into my mouth as I was making this. We were out of nuts but macadamias or cashews would be a spiffy addition as well, just for the fun of it and for an extra layer of crunch. cookiedoughpopcut6We’re in freezing temperatures at the moment so they luckily didn’t melt too quickly, but the addition of the NuNaturals oat fiber also out to hold it up a bit more in the steamier parts of the world. At least, if you can wait long enough for it to melt before it’s all in your stomach, because people who linger over every bite of ice-cream make me snark inside.cookiedoughpopcut7Anyway, I’m going to try and take it easy tonight on the snackage, but something like this is not off the table, simply because it’s full of natural ingredients and even a serving of veggies (it can’t get better than that!). In any event, tonight we’re going to go have pizza with my family at their hotel, since they’re taking flight tomorrow to Morocco for four years and we want to spend a bit of quality time together (amid all the monkey business that comes with having siblings aged six and under). So until then it’s busy work trying to tie up the day’s loose ends so that I can completely detach from work, studies, and other silly things and focus on what matters. ❤cookiedoughpopcut5

Author: Marfigs

Ahoy, I’m Margaux! History teacher and freelance editor; wench to my Man-thing; volunteer at a cat shelter; and handmaiden to our kitsy cats, Gatsby, Freyja and Atlas. This blog is dedicated to vegan food, occasionally overthrown by pictures of foster kittens and other fluffy creatures. I love sharing ideas and recipes, so don't be shy: stop by and say hi!

24 thoughts on “Cookie dough choc pops

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  2. Hey I applaud your creativity. And I’d vitural smack anyone gladly for you that said these don’t look absolutely delicious. I hope things start to look up for you, but if not, and you need a cookie dough pop partner I will gladly chow down on these with you until that better day. 😉

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    • Thank you Meg!! 😀 I’ve got some leftover sweet potatoes that are going to go into another batch because they’re so easy 🙂

      Things are definitely getting better – I think one can always allow yourself some down days but then I make a conscious effort to remember how blessed I am, but will never say no to a pop partner! 😀

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  3. HI Marfigs.. Loved ur recipe shall try today…. how do u make a sweet potato puree… and another question… can i make this recipe and post my version on my foodblog….to help other ppl i know, with your permission ??

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    • Hi Rachana, sorry for the late reply!

      To make the purée I usually steam the peeled sweet potatoes until super soft and then blend them in a food processor until smooth. It should take less than 10 minutes in total if you include the cooling down period, since I’m always paranoid about putting hot stuff in a machine.

      You are welcome to link to the recipe in your post but I always prefer to follow standard blog protocol and ask that one doesn’t straight up copy and paste a recipe but rather link and then just explain what modifications were made, if that makes sense. 🙂 Hope you like it and please let me know how it turns out – so curious!

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  4. These are so neat, and I love the idea of using chickpeas as a sub! I actually like your makeshift pop molds better than the typical ones I see. They give the photos a more rustic, unique look. Good luck with your ebook! 🙂

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    • Thank you! 😀 I also actually prefer the look of them – going to experiment with layering, which of course is a big excuse to eat more pops 😉 And thanks for the much needed luck – I think I just need to publish the thing now and get it over and done with – the constant testing and tasting has left me filling up my stretchy pants :p

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  5. These are beautiful. I’m absolutely feeling a craving while looking at that perfect, creamy-sweet center cut!

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  6. I have wanted to make homemade ice pops for so long, I just couldn’t because I didn’t have a mold; you have fixed a very terrible problem for me!
    Thank you!

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    • Yay, so glad I could help 😀 We’ve got a massive supply of unused styrofoam cups for some odd reason, so we’re going to be having a lot more pops in the house – waste not, want not and all that 😉

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  7. You are seriously one of the most creative food bloggers I know! These are outstanding! I’m drooling! XOXO

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  9. Looking at your chocolate pops, make me melt! Our temperature are hitting 30C here. I can feel melting but not my belly fat, sadly! 😦
    Definitely will make ice-cream again to cool down my heat, thanks! 🙂

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  10. Everything you make is so amazing and so creative! These look awesome…sharing on FB for sure 🙂

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    • *glee* thank you so much! 😀 Sometimes stuff like this keeps me up at night until I can finally get around to making it, and then when I do it’s so easy that I could have spend less time fretting about little details (like the silly moulds!).

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  11. I love the home-remedy type solutions to fancy moulds/gadgets ect you come up with to be honest, I don’t have a great deal of equipment either! These look amazing, especially since its finally turned summer over here… What’s the texture like? Is it more dough-y or icecream-y? 😛

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    • So jealous of all you summer bunnies – it’s icy here! I’m pretty stingy when it comes to gadgets since food itself and recipe testing costs a small fortune 😉 Mmmmm to be totally honest I ate it all so quickly I can’t really remember – it was just plain delicious, but I would say it’s more ice-cream-y. If you want it more dough-y then I would suggest adding blended chickpeas to the choc layer as well 🙂

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  12. Um, yes please — I’ll take 2 😛 This looks delicious. I’m kind of fascinated by the caramel essense — I’ve been looking for something like that and I think this just convinced me to look harder 🙂

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    • I was rather despondent that I only made four because Man-thing and I ate it all up in less than two days, but totally guilt-free, so I’m going to make more this weekend! Caramel essence is just amazeballs, but if you can’t find it then you can sub some of the ingredients for date paste or add it to the choc ice-cream layer instead to give it a caramel-esque undertone I figure 🙂

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  13. I love that you’ve used sweet potato in these choc pops! I recently made sweet potato fudge (my first try at any sort of sweet dish using sweet potato…I’d only ever made savory dinners with sweet potato!) and I’m hooked. These are definitely next on my list of desserts to try! Love your inventiveness for a popsicle mold too 😀 (I feel your pain about not having things that all other food bloggers seem to have…)

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    • Yuuummm = did you post the fudge? I need to find it because that’s also on my weekend project list for the ebook and I would love to see someone else’s version 🙂 Sweet potato is so utterly versatile – I sometimes even shove the purée into smoothies to thicken it instead of protein powders.

      I guess one builds up a collection of gadgets over time but I was too tormented by all the ice-cream posts currently making the rounds not to make some sort of alternative :p

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