Banana Pops

IMG_0882 Remember way back in January/February when we were all asking when the heat would come to take us out of our snowmageddon misery? Well, when I imagined heat, I didn’t imagine a heat dome . Hopefully, the end of this heat dome is on its way.IMG_0933Since we can’t control the heat, we might as well make the most of it. It’s awfully hot outside so the best thing to do its stay inside. How do I spend my summer inside? I cook…a whole lot. While scrolling though my instagram feed, I stumbled upon a picture of banana pops. Minutes later, I was in the kitchen freezing bananas. That’s how this recipe was born.IMG_0937

These pops taste AMAZING!! The are fruity, chocolatey, and, most importantly, FREEZING!! Summer is about enjoying the heat and spending time outside. So make these and sit on your front porch to enjoy them. Because they are low in sugar (depending on the type of chocolate you use), you don’t need to worry about eating one everyday, or every hour…no shame. They are a fun treat that you can top with any of your favorite things. Make the most of summer while enjoying a pop or two; before you know it, it will be too cold to enjoy them.


Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe bananas, cut in half and peeled
  • 1 cup chocolate (dark, milk, or semi; I used dark)
  • 1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup chopped raw almonds
  • almond butter, optional
  • other toppings, optional

Directions:

Insert a popsicle stick or a thick skewer into each banana half. Place on a parchment paper lined plate/baking sheet, cover, and freeze for at least 3 hours.

Before removing the bananas from the freezer, bring a pot of water to a boil. Place a heatproof bowl over, creating a double boiler. Place the chocolate in the bowl and begin stirring. Stir until the chocolate is melted. Remove from heat.

Remove the bananas from the freezer and loosen them from the parchment paper. One at a time, dip the bananas into the melted chocolate. Place back on the parchment paper and top immediately, before chocolate hardens, with the coconut, almonds, almond butter, and your desired toppings. Repeat this step with each banana pop.

Place the banana pops in the freezer for 30 minutes before serving. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 1 week.


Bon Appetit,

Stephanie

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