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Chocolate Banana Pops

The following is an article I wrote for Craftzine.com in early June. It was a really fun project to work on and even Logan (picky eater!!) loved eating the banana pops. Original article posted here.

School is out in most places and warmer weather has arrived. The sounds of the street are filled with children’s laughter and the catchy jingle of the ice cream man. Stop there parents — you won’t need to shell out for overpriced and unhealthy treats anymore. Instead, try this cheaper make-at-home cold summer treat, a great way to get healthy fruit into our kids with a little something special.

This is a fun project for kids to help with. They will enjoy coming up with interesting ways of decorating their own “popsicle.” Who doesn’t love an ice cold treat when it’s hot outside?

  • Bananas
  • Semi-sweet chocolate
  • White chocolate
  • Shortening
  • Rainbow sprinkles
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • 6 popsicle sticks
  • Parchment paper
  • Measuring spoons
  • 2 small bowls
  • 2 spoons
  • Cutting board

 

Peel the bananas and cut each in half. Push a popsicle stick part way through the cut end of the banana so it looks like a popsicle. Set the popsicles on a cutting board or plastic plate, and place them in the freezer while you prepare the remaining ingredients. Having the bananas cold will help the chocolate harden faster.

 

Lay a sheet of parchment paper on the counter. Set out sprinkles. Put semi-sweet chocolate and 1 ½ tsp of shortening in a bowl. Microwave the chocolate at 100% power for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat. Repeat a third time, if necessary, until the chocolate is completely melted. Repeat the process with the white chocolate.

Take 1 banana out of the freezer at a time. Place it on the parchment paper and pour your chocolate of choice over the top. Turn the banana to coat all sides.

Decorate the banana with the desired sprinkles. Hold it for about a minute so the chocolate can set, then replace it in the freezer.

Scrape extra chocolate off of the parchment paper and add it back to the respective bowl. Re-melt it in a microwave for 30 seconds if the chocolate becomes too thick to pour. Repeat the coating and decorating process with the remaining bananas.

After all the bananas have been covered in chocolate and decorated, keep them in the freezer for 45–60 minutes. Enjoy!

Frozen Chocolate Banana Pops

Chocolate Banana Pops

Yield: 6 pops
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This is a fun project for kids to help with. They will enjoy coming up with interesting ways of decorating their own “popsicle.” Who doesn’t love an ice-cold treat when it’s hot outside?

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas not overly ripe
  • 5 oz semi-sweet chocolate
  • 5 oz white chocolate
  • 3 tsp shortening
  • Rainbow sprinkles
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • 6 popsicle sticks
  • Parchment paper
  • Measuring spoons
  • 2 small bowls
  • 2 spoons
  • Cutting board

Instructions

  1. Peel the bananas and cut each in half. Push a popsicle stick part way through the cut end of the banana so it looks like a popsicle. Set the popsicles on a cutting board or plastic plate, and place them in the freezer while you prepare the remaining ingredients. Having the bananas cold will help the chocolate harden faster.
  2. Lay a sheet of parchment paper on the counter. Set out sprinkles. Put semi-sweet chocolate and 1 ½ tsp of shortening in a bowl. Microwave the chocolate at 100% power for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat. Repeat a third time, if necessary, until the chocolate is completely melted. Repeat the process with the white chocolate.
  3. Take 1 banana out of the freezer at a time. Place it on the parchment paper and pour your chocolate of choice over the top. Turn the banana to coat all sides.
  4. Decorate the banana with the desired sprinkles. Hold it for about a minute so the chocolate can set, then replace it in the freezer.
  5. Scrape extra chocolate off of the parchment paper and add it back to the respective bowl. Re-melt it in a microwave for 30 seconds if the chocolate becomes too thick to pour. Repeat the coating and decorating process with the remaining bananas.
  6. After all the bananas have been covered in chocolate and decorated, keep them in the freezer for 45–60 minutes. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 361Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 6mgSodium 28mgCarbohydrates 54gFiber 3gSugar 42gProtein 3g

GoodLifeEats.com offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although GoodLifeEats.com makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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von Hand zu Hand

Monday 26th of July 2010

have to do it. i really love the combination of bananas and chocolate!i'm linking.thanks for this recipe.doro

Kristilyn

Wednesday 12th of August 2009

I had something similar to this when we were at Heritage Days in our city (a big cultural event with many different foods). Except it was raining and windy and we were just trying to use up all of our tickets before the storm moved it ... not as enjoyable! Now, if it were a hot day and I were laying by a pool somewhere, a banana pop would be heaven! And definitely a hit with kids! I'll have to try that on my niece and nephew!K

Patsyk

Friday 7th of August 2009

I totally need to do this soon! Thanks for the inspiration!

Gudrun

Friday 7th of August 2009

Great idea! Sadly, I might be the only one in the house who likes bananas, but I guess that means more for me :-)I wonder if you could slather a little peanut butter on the banana first, then the chocolate? Maybe I will experiment...

Karine

Friday 7th of August 2009

I love these! They look so cute and yummy!