It’s hard to resist the great-together flavors of a frozen banana with a crisp dark chocolate shell–add chopped nuts, toasted coconut or granola if you like. After all, who said that when living green you can’t have some sweet treats every once in a while?
Frozen chocolate banana pops are a treat for the kid in everyone. Try making these delicious healthy chocolate banana pops with your kids–it’s a fun way to encourage them to get creative in the kitchen.
Ingredients (yields 6 popsicles):
- 2 large bananas
- 3.5 ounces dark (70-85% cocoa) chocolate
- ½ tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ cup raw nuts (almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts or coconut), chopped (optional)
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, wax paper, or aluminum foil.
- Cut bananas into 2-3 inch (5-7 cm) chunks.
- Insert a popsicle stick, bamboo skewer, or a chopstick into the pieces of banana.
- Place on the prepared baking sheet and freeze for 15 minutes.
- Melt the chocolate and oil (light olive oil or vegetable oil) in a heat-proof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water.
- Remove bananas from the freezer and, taking one piece of banana at a time, dip in the melted chocolate, making sure the banana is completely covered with chocolate. If desired, roll (or sprinkle) the chocolate-coated banana in chopped nuts, toasted coconut, granola, or colored sprinkles.
- The chocolate covered bananas can be eaten right away or place them back on the baking sheet and freeze for 20 minutes.
- Once completely frozen, the bananas can be stored in a sealed container.
- To soften the bananas, place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.