Healthy Homemade Chocolate Banana Pops


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)

healthy homemade chocolate banana pops by living green with babyDirections

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, wax paper, or aluminum foil.
  2. Cut bananas into 2-3 inch (5-7 cm) chunks.
  3. Insert a popsicle stick, bamboo skewer, or a chopstick into the pieces of banana.
  4. Place on the prepared baking sheet and freeze for 15 minutes.
  5. Melt the chocolate and oil (light olive oil or vegetable oil) in a heat-proof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water.
  6. 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.
  7. The chocolate covered bananas can be eaten right away or place them back on the baking sheet and freeze for 20 minutes.
  8. Once completely frozen, the bananas can be stored in a sealed container.
  9. To soften the bananas, place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.
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