01 August 2012

Peanut Butter Fudgsicles and Nectresse

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It's no secret that I love sugar. Um, all you have to do is read any of my posts to know that!

And as much as I love a sweet treat all the time once in awhile, I know it's important to limit how much sugar I eat. I mean, bathing suits don't wear themselves you know.

This is why I always use sugar substitute in my coffee. And on cereal. And in whatever I can to easily reduce the calories, because I know I'm going to eat seven brownies after dinner. There's really no fighting that.

When Nectresse offered to send me a sample of their no calorie sweetener, I was excited to try it. I must say, I am really picky about my sweeteners. If it doesn't taste like sugar or has any sort of aftertaste, I'm not gonna like it.

NECTRESSE™Sweetener is 150 times sweeter than sugar and can be used in cooking and baking to add natural, zero calorie per serving sweetness to your drinks and foods. Nectresse is the only 100% natural sweetener made from fruit - monk fruit, to be exact.

{I know, you're like, what the heck is monk fruit? It's a small green melon that's found in Asia. And it can be turned into a rockin' sweetener!}

I added Nectresse to my morning coffee and didn't taste a thing but sweet. Same went for cereal. And what's even better? I only had to use one packet, where normally I use at least two. I didn't taste any sort of chemical, which is a definite plus for me.

The true test? Making dessert!

It's so hot here in Sacramento (95 today) that there was no way I was turning on my oven. Right now I want to live in my freezer, so my mind immediately went to ice cream. For some reason I was craving a fudgsicle. I thought, why not make some?


I made a homemade chocolate pudding for the chocolate layers of these pops. I used Nectresse in the making of the pudding and you know what was great? I used way less of the Nectresse than the recipe called for in sugar. About 3/4 cup less!

Because I can't just make a chocolate fudgsicle and call it a day, I made a peanut butter layer. Of course.

And I got a sweet, fudgy, super-chocolatey, almost sugar-free fudgsicle as a result. Total success.

Even more successful? My husband ate it.



I found that the Nectresse was a perfect subsitute for sugar in this recipe. And I'm stoked I have some packets left over. Great to carry in my purse when I get to a restaurant and only see blue and pink packets. Yes, I am that person who carries sweetener with her everywhere she goes.
What? You're not?

Peanut Butter Fudgsicles
by Crazy for Crust (adapted from this recipe which was from Kitchen Meets Girl)

Ingredients
For the Chocolate Pudding
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups nonfat milk
  • 5 packets Nectresse
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
For the Fudgsicles
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 4 packets Nectresse
  • 1 cup milk, divided
  • Chocolate Pudding
Instructions
Make the Pudding
  1. Whisk egg in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Whisk cornstarch, cocoa, milk, and Nectresse in a medium saucepan until combined. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and pour a ladleful of the hot chocolate mixture in with the egg bowl, while whisking the egg. Pour egg mixture into hot pan and stir until combined. Return to heat and cook just until it boils. Remove from heat. Stir in butter, vanilla, and chocolate chips. Pour into a bowl and cover the top with a layer of plastic wrap to prevent skin from forming. Chill until cooled.

Make the Fudgsicles
  1. Mix peanut butter, Nectresse, and 1/2 cup milk in a medium bowl with a hand mixer.
  2. Stir 1/2 cup milk into the cooled chocolate pudding.
  3. Fill the bottom third of your popsicle molds with chocolate pudding. Divide the peanut butter mixture evenly among the molds. Fill with the remaining pudding. Cover and freeze until firm, at least 6 hours.

Makes about 8 large fudgsicles, or more if your molds are smaller.
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48 Comments:

At August 1, 2012 at 6:14 PM , Blogger Pamela said...

Love this Dorothy, they look so good!

 
At August 1, 2012 at 6:20 PM , Blogger Trish - Sweetology101 said...

wow - I had never heard of these. I am excited to try it. I use mostly splenda but it is kinda blah - this sounds cool, I appreciate your review!!

 
At August 1, 2012 at 6:22 PM , Anonymous Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

these look crazy good! PB + chocolate, in any form is great - especially like a fudgsicle!

 
At August 1, 2012 at 7:48 PM , Blogger Janine (sugarkissed.net) said...

If there's no after taste, I'm interested. Is it sold in the grocery store with the other sweeteners?

 
At August 1, 2012 at 7:55 PM , Blogger Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl said...

Ooh, I'm always looking for recipes using a good sugar substitute. I've never heard of this sweetener, but I'm going to have to find it and try it out. Otherwise, at the rate I'm going, my jeans aren't going to button this fall.

 
At August 1, 2012 at 8:38 PM , Blogger Back for Seconds said...

I love a good fudgesicle and props to you on adding a peanut butter layer! They came out really pretty too! I will have to check out this sweetner.

 
At August 1, 2012 at 8:48 PM , Blogger Heather Kinnaird said...

HOLY WOW!! I need to make these now

 
At August 1, 2012 at 9:36 PM , Blogger Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel said...

You know I'm game for fudgesicles. And popsicles. And anything that's cold, frosty and icy now that I am perpetually sweating in our atrocious heat. These look awesome--and you know they're Mel-approved if he ate one!

 
At August 1, 2012 at 9:41 PM , Blogger Tonia L said...

I think those look delicious! Peanut butter and chocolate go hand in hand!

 
At August 2, 2012 at 1:51 AM , Blogger Ambreen (Simply Sweet 'n Savory) said...

Great combination, looks so tempting & delicious!

 
At August 2, 2012 at 6:21 AM , Blogger Winnie said...

Gosh these look sooooooooooo good!
I still don't have popsicle molds, but that's what i'm buying next week

 
At August 2, 2012 at 7:47 AM , Blogger Fudge said...

These look absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

 
At August 2, 2012 at 8:04 AM , Blogger The Cooking Actress said...

Hmmm I'm curious--I'm so scared of sweeteners bc of like Splenda (poiiison!). These fudgsicles look DELISHHHH!

 
At August 2, 2012 at 8:48 AM , Blogger Something Swanky said...

Great recipe and I'm totally intrigued! I'm all about sugar substitutes! Off to get my free samples :)

 
At August 2, 2012 at 12:15 PM , Blogger Jocelyn said...

well, now I am super intrigued by this new sweetener!!! I love that you couldn't just make plain fudgesicles:-) Another great reason we are friends!!!

 
At August 2, 2012 at 1:19 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thanks Trish!

 
At August 2, 2012 at 1:19 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Yes, yes they are!

 
At August 2, 2012 at 1:19 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

LOL, me neither Ashley!! :)

 
At August 2, 2012 at 1:19 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Yes you do! :)

 
At August 2, 2012 at 1:20 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Yes, they do!! :) Thanks Tonia!

 
At August 2, 2012 at 1:20 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thanks!

 
At August 2, 2012 at 1:20 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Yay! One of my favorite summer things to make!

 
At August 2, 2012 at 1:21 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

I think it's supposed to be more natural than Spenda...

 
At August 2, 2012 at 6:40 PM , Blogger Angela said...

They look delicious. Love your popsicle mold also!

 
At August 2, 2012 at 7:05 PM , Blogger Jenni said...

Yum! Fudgscicles are my absolute favorite summer treat... and add Peanut Butter??? HEAVEN!!!!

 
At August 2, 2012 at 8:03 PM , Blogger Karyn - Pint Sized Baker said...

Oh yum!! This looks so good! I love fudgesicles and with the peanut butter added, that's just puts it over the top!

 
At August 3, 2012 at 6:18 AM , Blogger Baked In The South said...

yum! we would love for you to link up some of your recipes over at our party!

http://baked-inthesouth.blogspot.com/2012/07/made-it-by-monday-link-party_31.html

 
At August 3, 2012 at 11:45 AM , Blogger Karly said...

Um, woah. Peanut butter fudgsicles? Where have these been all my life?

 
At August 3, 2012 at 11:45 AM , Blogger Dip It In Chocolate said...

Gorgeous! I love to save calories where I can, but I can't deal with aftertastes either. Bleh! I'll have to look for this.

 
At August 3, 2012 at 1:28 PM , Blogger Sweet Bella Roos said...

I'm so with you on the after taste from sweetners! and on the seven brownies after dinner.... or before... maybe during...

Thanks for linking up at Pin It Thursday!

 
At August 3, 2012 at 7:43 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thanks!

 
At August 3, 2012 at 7:44 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thanks for the invite!

 
At August 3, 2012 at 9:26 PM , Blogger Amy said...

Oh those look super yummy!

 
At August 4, 2012 at 11:23 AM , Blogger Erin Alldredge said...

I LOVE fudgesicles and you added peanut butter to them? I'm in heaven. I'd really love it if you shared these at my link party. http://acraftycook.blogspot.com/2012/08/1-month-of-fun-august-link-party.html

 
At August 4, 2012 at 7:10 PM , Blogger Heidi Fowler said...

Yum! I’d love for you to link up this (and any other ideas you’d like to share) at "One Creative Weekend" on OneCreativeMommy.com.

 
At August 5, 2012 at 5:49 AM , Anonymous whirl + whisk said...

Fudgsicles are one of my favorites! I love the idea of peanut butter with it!

 
At August 5, 2012 at 8:09 AM , Blogger Asilia said...

Usually I just use real sugar and eat less, but this seems like a great substitute. And those look absolutely divine.

 
At August 5, 2012 at 9:46 AM , Blogger Sarah said...

Bringing back childhood memories of my mom making pb fudgesicles for my brothers and me!

My husband and son can't have sugar. Haven't heard of this sweetener yet. Thanks! Also, because of them not having sugar, have any suggestions for making your pudding with cocoa powder instead of chocolate chips?

 
At August 5, 2012 at 3:25 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thanks for the invite! :)

 
At August 5, 2012 at 3:25 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thanks for the invite Heidi!

 
At August 5, 2012 at 3:25 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

It makes it heavenly!

 
At August 5, 2012 at 3:28 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

You could definitely adapt this with sugar. Follow the link in my recipe to the other pudding (with real sugar) and use that instead. You may just need to adjust the amount for the peanut butter layer. Enjoy!

 
At August 5, 2012 at 3:29 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Yes you could totally leave out the chocolate chips! You would probably want to add more sweetener though. Just taste as you go. :) Enjoy!

 
At August 5, 2012 at 9:08 PM , Blogger Slice of Southern said...

This looks delishhh! I'd like to invite you to share your recipe on Southern Sundays. My linky party is going on now. Hope to see you there! www.asliceofsouthern.blogspot.com

 
At August 8, 2012 at 9:16 PM , Blogger Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com said...

Oh yum! I havent tried nectresse but Ive seen it around. Thanks for the fun new recipe and Ill defiantly pick up some nectresse soon!

Thanks so much for linking up to Financial Friday last week! I hope to see ya there tomorrow at 7!

 
At August 9, 2012 at 12:19 PM , Blogger Deana said...

These look amazing........Thanks for linking up @ CountryMommaCooks link and greet party.....hope to see you again tomorrow : )

 
At August 9, 2012 at 5:59 PM , Blogger Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

Oh yum! You can't get better than chocolate and peanut butter.

Sop by, you are one of the featured recipes on this week's Sweet Tooth Friday.

 
At August 11, 2012 at 8:34 PM , Blogger kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor said...

Dorothy, these look fantastic!! I have some pop molds calling their name! Thanks so much for linking up last week. I'm featuring this tomorrow night at the party!

{HUGS},
kristi

 

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