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Just in Time for Summer
Happy summer, everyone! What are your plans? Work as usual, maybe some trips or reunions planned? We are about to go camping for a week. Then, in July, a reunion with my side of the family, and in August, a reunion with Justin’s side of the family.
You know what would really make kids and adults happy at reunions? These Chocolate Dipped Frozen Banana Pops. They aren’t hard to make, and my kids enjoyed helping to choose the toppings, dip them, and, of course, eat them.
Benefits of Chocolate Dipped Frozen Banana Pops
You know those plastic wrapped ice pops that are long and flat and basically colored sugar water? I’m not saying I never let my kids have those when offered, but at home, I like to make real food popsicles. That can mean a blend of yogurt and berries, or avocado and frozen fruit, or raw milk and banana.
These Chocolate Dipped Frozen Banana Pops are a step up from the regular popsicle mold popsicles (which we still love) and are customizable based on the toppings you like.
Bananas are a good source of potassium, tryptophan, fiber, and other nutrients. They are a creamy, sweet fruit, which makes for the perfect frozen dessert.
Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants and minerals, and may help improve brain function, heart health, and cholesterol. Plus, it tastes amazing.
How to Make
Get some popsicle sticks, some bananas, dark chocolate, and toppings, and you’re on your way. You’ll start by peeling the bananas and cutting them in half. Insert a popsicle stick on one end, then freeze for two hours.
Melt the dark chocolate, then dip each frozen banana into melted chocolate and sprinkle on toppings. My favorite toppings include shredded coconut, drizzled almond butter, cocoa nibs, and chopped nuts.
Freeze for another 30 minutes, then store in an airtight bag in the freezer until ready to eat.
Sourcing Your Ingredients: Thrive Market
My favorite place to get dark chocolate and toppings for these banana pops is Thrive Market. They have all the pantry staples you need, and now even have frozen foods, meat and seafood, and wine. I love the auto ship option for items I always use, and you can also shop as you need things.
Before you get started on this recipe, be sure to bookmark these other summer favorites. And leave me a comment below to let me know how they turned out! Until next time,
Chocolate Dipped Frozen Banana Pops
- popsicle sticks
- Parchment paper
- 5 ripe bananas peeled and halved
- 9 oz. dark chocolate chips (one bag)
- various toppings, such as chopped nuts, coconut flakes, almond butter, cocoa nibs, etc.
- Line a baking sheet or tray with parchment paper. Peel bananas and break each one in half. Insert a popsicle stick into one end of the banana and lay on tray. Freeze for two hours.
- Prepare toppings in another tray or sheet pan. Chop nuts, sprinkle coconut flakes and nibs in a pile, etc., so they are ready for sprinkling.
- When bananas are frozen, melt the chocolate chips in a deep, narrow container (such as a 4-cup glass measuring jar). I used the microwave, heating for 30 seconds and then stirring in between until melted. You can also use a bowl over a pot of simmering water, stirring until melted.
- Dip each banana half into the chocolate, turning to coat, and then immediately sprinkle on the toppings of your choice. Place on tray and back in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour. Store in resealable bag.