Frozen Chocolate Covered Banana Pops

  • Servings: 8 banana pops
  • Prep time: ~ 5 minutes
  • Cook time: ~ 5 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 8 popsicle sticks
  • 4 organic bananas
  • 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil or butter
  • ½ cup of roasted nuts (I used cashews and toasted hazelnuts but use whatever you like)

This is a treat you can eat all year round. Fall fairs serve plenty of foods on a stick. These chocolate covered frozen banana pops are refreshing and healthy. Much better for you than the fried twinkles and snicker bars at the country fairs!

Definitely make these pops with your kids. This would normally be a Kids Corner post but since the original recipe came from Thug Kitchen which is so not kid friendly, I am leaving it off the kid’s page.

Now that you are intrigued about this Thug Kitchen, wait until the kids are asleep before you check it out. The language is over the top but the recipes are great especially if you are a vegetarian.

I copied the original Thug Kitchen post but censored it so you can follow the directions with your kids. I also added some comments of my own. Take a guess at how many words I had to change or omit to make it presentable.

Censored Directions from Thug Kitchen

WHO WANTS SOME DESSERT? Frozen bananas are legit treats that can make you feel like you?re at the boardwalk even if you?re just standing in front of an oscillating fan in your apartment. USE YOUR IMAGINATION. Make some of these with the kids, they love these. Whether you let them read my recipe or not, that?s on you.

Line a baking sheet or a plate with wax paper or parchment. Peel the bananas and cut them in half widthwise. Place a Popsicle stick in the banana. Just make sure you don?t poke a hole through the other side of the banana. Put them all on the baking sheet and let them hang out for a minute. Chop up the nuts in a processor or by hand and put them in a bowl.

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So you can melt the chocolate by either slowly heating chocolate in the microwave in 25 second increments and stirring in between until it is melted. (Back to Organic does not suggest doing this! ) OR you can use a double boiler like a professional chef. Grab a medium saucepan and fill the pot with an inch or 2 of water. Throw a double boiler or all metal bowl on top of the saucepan and make sure the whole mouth of the pan is covered and that the water inside isn?t touching the bottom of the bowl. Put this over a medium-low heat and put the chocolate chips in the bowl. Add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. The steam will melt the chips, just keep stirring the chocolate. When the chocolate looks all smooth turn off the heat. This should whole process should take about 3 minutes. Tip: if the chocolate seizes then add more coconut oil and it will smooth out again.

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Grab a banana and gently dip it into the chocolate and spoon the chocolate over to cover any holes. If your having trouble doing it, stir in the coconut oil while the chocolate is still hot and it will loosen like mentioned above. Drip off the excess chocolate and sprinkle it with a small handful of the nuts (or coconut flakes, sprinkles, etc. ). Put it down on the baking sheet and repeat with the rest of the bananas. Freeze the pops on the tray for at least 3 hours before serving.

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Makes 8 delicious banana pops

If some of the bananas fall off or split when you are rolling them in the nuts, go ahead and dig in. My kids could not wait to eat them. Enjoy!

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Recipe by Back To Organic at http://backtoorganic.com/frozen-chocolate-covered-banana-pops/