A recipe for healthy frozen banana pops that taste just like a banana split! Made with only 6 simple ingredients, and is a summer desserts for kids of all ages.
This is the perfect way to use up all of those overripe bananas you already have stored in your freezer as well. They may just need a few minutes on the counter to thaw to make it easier to skewer onto the sticks.
If you don't have a banana split for dinner, is it even summer?
It was my job, as a high schooler, to eat a banana split for dinner once a summer. I took my job very seriously, despite the bloat baby than ensued after a good pint of ice cream, syrupy fruit, and hot fudge that made its way to my stomach. Worth it. Nowadays, these healthy frozen banana pops may be more my speed.
Ingredients you need to make these
- chopsticks (or wooden skewers)
- semi-sweet chocolate chips
- coconut oil
- chopped walnuts
- crushed pineapple
- chopped strawberries
Start by lining a large baking sheet with parchment paper, and setting aside. Cut 3 bananas in half, and remove the skin. Break chopsticks or wooden skewers in half. Skewer each banana half , and freeze on prepared baking sheet for at least 2-3 hours, or until bananas are firm to the touch.
Before removing bananas from the freezer, add ¾ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until the chocolate is melted. Stir in 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, and dip one banana in chocolate to coat. Use a spoon to spread evenly if needed. Add banana to prepared baking sheet, and sprinkle with chopped walnuts, crushed pineapple, and chopped strawberries. Repeat process for remaining bananas, and eat as is, or freeze until ready to eat. Let thaw for 5 minutes before eating to soften their texture.
- Coat each banana with chocolate, and sprinkle with toppings one at a time. The chocolate freezes very quickly, and makes it harder for toppings to stick.
- Drain the pineapple as much as possible before sprinkling over the chocolate to help it stick better.
- Freezing the bananas before dipping in the chocolate makes them much easier to handle.
My chocolate isn't coating the banana. What should I do?
Coating the bananas with the chocolate can be a little tricky once the bananas start to thaw. Starting with a fully frozen banana can help. If dipping them in chocolate just isn't working, lie the banana down on the parchment paper and spoon over the chocolate instead.
My toppings aren't sticking. What did I do wrong?
Working with each banana pop one at a time is helpful. The chocolate freezes very quickly on the frozen banana, and can freeze before you go to add the toppings if you dip them all in chocolate first. It takes a little more time, but will help in the end.
If your chocolate isn't frozen and the toppings still aren't sticking, you can use the back of a spoon to push the toppings firmly onto the chocolate as well.
How long do these healthy frozen banana pops last in the freezer?
If stored in an airtight container, they should last in the freezer for up to a week. Be sure to let them thaw at least 5 minutes before eating, unless chipped teeth is your idea of fun.
- Freeze Ahead. Before those bananas go bad, peel them, cut them in half & stick them with a chopstick/popsicle stick before freezing. Not only does it save you from throwing them out, but they are also ready to go whenever you are.
- Use store brands. Utilize store brands for items such as the chocolate chips and pineapple. These tend to be more cost-effective without sacrificing flavor or quality.
- Buy in bulk. Purchase walnuts in the bulk section, which tend to be a more affordable option. You can also buy just the amount you need to reduce food waste.
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