Chocolate Banana Pops

by Jen on July 3, 2012

It’s official, the first week of summer break has started here!  No more school means later nights, later mornings (hopefully), and lazy days.

And what’s better than a cold treat on a hot, lazy day.  I don’t know about your kids, but as soon as the weather gets warm, my kids start asking for popsicles.  Last summer, I bought a ginormous box of assorted popsicles at Costco.  I gave the popsicles to the kids as an occasional treat.  I say occasional because the sugar in store-bought popsicles is high.  And the last thing my kids need is sugar!  Not only does processed sugar cause a sugar high, but it also causes a sugar crash…which, when you have 3 little boys, ain’t pretty.

So this year, I have vowed to make my own “popsicles” for the boys.  And since I’m always looking for ways to sneak  some nutrition into my kids, these Chocolate Banana Pops are the perfect summer treat.

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Not only are these extremely easy to make, but they are also nutritious.  They include a full serving of fruit, as well as omega-3’s, fiber, and antioxidants from being rolled in dark chocolate, chia seeds, and unsweetened coconut .

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Chocolate Banana Pops

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 8 banana pops

Serving Size: 1 banana pop

Recipe adapted from Double Delicious

Ingredients

  • 8 wooden or plastic popsicle sticks
  • 4 bananas, peeled and halved
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 4 tsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Insert a popsicle stick into the flat end of each banana.
  2. Place the chocolate chips and margarine in a small bowl and microwave for 40 - 50 seconds on high until the margarine and chocolate chips are melted. Stir to combine the chocolate and margarine.
  3. Mix together the chia and coconut on a piece of parchment paper.
  4. Dip the bananas into the melted chocolate and immediately roll in the coconut topping. Place the bananas on a large sheet of parchment paper.
  5. Once all the bananas are dipped, fold the paper in half to cover and wrap in aluminum foil. Freeze until solid, about 1 hour, before serving.
  6. You can wrap them individually and store them in the freezer for up to 2 months.
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My kids loved these Chocolate Banana Pops!  Of course, I loved that they were eating something yummy yet nutritious.  And, since they only take 10 minutes to make, I highly suggest you make them for your kids…and even sneak one for yourself when they aren’t looking.

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1 Heidi @ Food Doodles July 3, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Fun! I looooove chocolate over frozen bananas, but I love the idea of making them into a popsicle(I usually just do little bite sized pieces) I need to do this for my kids.
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2 Jen July 4, 2012 at 8:30 am

The kids really liked them on a hot day…and I liked the fact that they were eating something healthy!

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3 Sandra July 4, 2012 at 11:35 pm

I’m on this big “make memories for my kids’ kick this summer. The clock is ticking and soon they will be off to university (I certainly hope!) so this summer is all about doing new things with them. I think this would be a hit from the 8 year old all the way up to the 16 year old. I’ve copied and pasted the recipe, and look forward to trying it out, and nibbling on the remnants! Thank you!
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4 Jen July 5, 2012 at 8:19 am

Yes, young and old(er) will enjoy this!

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5 Laura August 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Jen,

Those look yummy! I think that they should be for us big kids too! That’s a great way to get nutritious stuff into my kids :)

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