Sometimes, the simplest snacks are the best snacks, don’t you agree? Grabbing a piece of fruit is fantastic (good for your health and better for the environment), but sometimes you might just want a little something extra. Chocolate-Dipped Bananas Pops to the rescue!
You’ll absolutely love the crisp, chocolate dip coating, the creamy cool middle, along with the fun and festive treats on top. Make each plant-based pop special with sweet or savory garnishes (salty pretzel pieces would give them some pizazz!) and enjoy with abandon.
Grab your party popsicle sticks and follow me to the kitchen!
It truly couldn’t be simpler! There is surprisingly little effort in making a frozen banana pops. Just three things need to happen:
That’s it! Having a microwave in which to melt your chocolate is a bonus, but it’s not 100% necessary. In a pinch, bare banana pops will still be heavenly!
Want to make them into extra-delicious Snickers-inspired banana pops? Smear the frozen bananas with peanut butter and freeze again before dipping in chocolate. Divine.
Besides being super fun to construct, these banana pops are extremely versatile when it comes to festive toppings. The sky’s the limit for the number of tasty coverings you can create. As long as you are bananas for bananas, these pops will be perfection!
Anyone else love a vibrant, multicolored fruit pop? Adding a little bit of cheerful color to this delicious black and white dessert is pretty much required. Our favorite rainbow recommendations include: vegan sprinkles, vegan fruit gummy shapes (we love the Yum Earth Bears and Annie’s Homegrown Bunnies!), and Yum Earth Giggles (similar to Skittles).
If you love chocolate at much as we do, consider adding extra chocolate bits to your hard chocolate coating. You can never have enough chocolate, right? We suggest mini-chocolate chips, shaved chocolate, cacao nibs, or even a dusting of cacao powder.
Mmmm…we’re nuts for chopped nuts! Chocolate and nuts go together like none other and we highly recommend using them for a contrasting crunchy texture to the creamy coating. Either roasted or raw, a handful of either peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans, or pistachios would bring extra health benefits (such as fiber, vitamin E, and plant-based fats) to your sweet snack.
When chocolate is not your first choice for a candy coating (how can this be?), you might think you’d have to pass on these pops. But, wait! We have the most marvelous idea on how to turn the tide on this treat. Melt the same amount of coconut butter (not oil) as the chocolate and use that to dip your banana pop. Sprinkle on shredded coconut, finely diced dried mango, and crushed macadamia nuts for a taste of paradise!
Easy as pie for this recipe! Because the pops should stay frozen until ready to eat, you can simply leave them in a covered container in the freezer for a few weeks. After that, you may want to make a fresh batch.
This is a really fantastic recipe to food prep, since you can get them ready a few days ahead of time. Also think about when you wish to buy your bananas. Green bananas usually take about five days to ripen and become spotted. If you pull the bananas apart and keep them in a warm place, they will ripen quicker. You’ll want the bananas to be ripe and sweet, but not so soft that they’ve become brown on the inside.
Besides being the most perfect portable fruit, the health benefits of bananas is bountiful. In just one medium-sized, blissful banana, there are:
In addition to being full of nutrients, desserts mostly made of banana are awesomely affordable so how can you possibly go wrong?
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Chocolate-Dipped Banana Pops recipe by Michelle Cehn and photos by JJ Steele, copyright of World of Vegan™, all rights reserved. Article written by Gina House and edited by Amanda Meth. Please note that this article contains affiliate links which means shopping through them really helps to support World of Vegan!