If you’re looking for a healthy, delicious plant-based dessert, dig into these Vegan Chocolate-Covered Banana Popsicles treats. You’ll love the creamy banana ice cream, otherwise known as n’ice cream (nana ice cream), infused with peanut butter and drizzled with dark chocolate. If you love the triumvirate combination of chocolate, bananas, and peanut butter, check out my Chunky Monkey Cake, sure to please everyone! Or how about my Chunky Monkey Cookies. Bring ’em on!
Guess what’ y’all? I’m a judge for the AOL Lifestyle Food Awards. I’m honored to get serious and participate with 14 other food bloggers and lifestyle experts to rate and rank our favorite new kitchen gadgets. Do you love kitchen gadgets? Me too!
I received several fun tools to try out and one of my favorites was the Zoku Popsicle Mold. Look, it’s a personal thing with me, but I really detest the feeling of wooden popsicle sticks.
Fingernails on a chalkboard.
It’s seriously that bad. I can’t handle the idea of touching them.
So, the Zoku Popsicle Mold (see link below) solves all my summertime, popsicle loving dreams. In fact, when I was a teenager, my mom and I used to go get those chocolate covered vanilla ice cream popsicles every Friday night. It was the highlight of my week!
Sad, I know.
But it was our fun night together. We would make taco salad and finish off dinner with those popsicles. So good!
Now I’ve created a n’ice cream version. You know what n’ice cream is. Right? It’s where you blend up some ripe bananas and freeze them and they get all creamy just like ice cream. Except we call them n’ice cream.
I swear, these Chocolate-Covered Banana Popsicles taste just as good as the ones I ate with my mom, but these use minimal processed sugars, and they’re full of amazing flavors. I love them!
OK. Enough about me. The 14 other food bloggers I mentioned above? They are highlighting recipes with their favorite gadgets too. For a full list of recipes from all 14 bloggers, click here. And for the winners of the Food Awards, click here.
Why You’ll Love Vegan Chocolate-Covered Banana Popsicles
If you love easy, cool, desserts in the summertime, these vegan chocolate-covered banana popsicles may be your go-to treat. Easy recipes are the way to go in the summer. No one wants to spend hours in the kitchen toiling over a hot oven. Am I right?
You also don’t want to give into store-bought convenience when you can make something as easy and as delicious as these vegan chocolate-covered banana popsicles.
Let’s talk about the ingredients in these babies.
- Bananas — We all know that bananas are good source of potassium. Why does that matter? Because potassium plays a role in reducing blood pressure. One medium banana can deliver as much as 400 mg of potassium. Not too bad! You’ll also get up to 3 grams of fiber per banana, another heart-healthy benefit.
- Peanut Butter — Do you love peanut butter as much as I do? Well, we’re in luck because peanut butter has some health benefits worth celebrating. Peanut butter provides potassium too, and you’ll also get fiber and other important phytonutrients. In fact, people who eat nuts and nut butters regularly have lower frequency of heart disease and type II diabetes.
- Dark Chocolate — Some of the best news of the day is that dark chocolate is loaded with flavonoids. I know you’ve heard about flavonoids mentioned in red wine, but did you know you can find them in dark chocolate too? And there are lots of health benefits to flavonoids, including antioxidant properties, which helps your body’s cells resist damage.
So, if you’re into healthy, delicious summer treats, these vegan chocolate-covered banana popsicles are just what the doctor ordered.
Have It Your Way
I love these vegan chocolate-covered banana popsicles just the way they are, but they may not be your jam. In response to that I throw my hands in the air and say, “Have it your way!” And guess what? I’m not exasperated, I’m celebrating! I love it when you take my recipes and add your personal touch. Seriously. Make this recipe yours! If you’d like some ideas for changing this recipe up a little, here are some thoughts to get you started:
- You could skip the dark chocolate (gasp! 😱), and just have a peanut butter banana popsicle
- I could see adding a few chocolate chips to the popsicles themselves. I would chop them up a little first though
- Rather than drizzling the chocolate, you could dip the popsicles in the chocolate. You might need to increase the chocolate if you want to cover the full popsicle
- Immediately after drizzling the chocolate, sprinkle with chopped peanuts for added crunch
- Immediately after drizzling the chocolate, sprinkle some granola for added crunch. Yes?
Hopefully that gives you some idea to make this recipe your own. I recommend taking these chocolate-covered banana popsicles out of the freezer for a minute or so before serving to allow them to soften up a little.
We hope you dig this Vegan Chocolate-Covered Banana Popsicles recipe as much as we do. If you make it, be sure to snap a photo and share it with us using #namelymarly on Instagram or Twitter. We LOVE seeing your creations!
Chocolate-Covered Banana Popsicles
- In a food processor bowl, combine the bananas, almond milk, creamy peanut butter, and peanut butter powder. Pulse until the mixture is nice and smooth.
- Pour the banana mixture into the Zoku Popsicle Molds, distributing equally. Place the popsicle stick/top into each mold. Place in the freezer for approximately 45 minutes, until frozen.
- Place the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for about 30 seconds and then let sit for a minute. The chocolate should be melted. If not, heat for another 11 seconds or so. Stir until smooth.
- Place a piece of waxed paper over a baking sheet.
- Next, remove the frozen popsicles from the freezer. Fill a coffee mug about 3/4 of the way with water and heat that up for a minute. One at a time, remove each individual popsicle mold and use the stick to immerse it in the hot water for a few seconds to loosen up the popsicle from the mold. Place the popsicle on the waxed paper. Continue with each popsicle mold, lining each popsicle up on the waxed paper.
- Use a spoon to drizzle the melted chocolate over the popsicles. Allow the chocolate to sit for a minute (because the popsicles are frozen, the chocolate should set very quickly), and flip them over and drizzle the other side with chocolate as well. Place the pan in the freezer until the chocolate is set.
- Once the chocolate is set, transfer the popsicles to a freezer bag. Be sure to remove from the freezer for a minute or so before serving, to allow the popsicles to soften a little.
If you love banana frozen treats as much as we do, check these out:
- Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream from Detoxinista
- Strawberry Banana Ice Cream by as Easy as Pie
- Chocolate Banana Ice Cream from Simple Veganista
- Vegan Banana Ice Cream from yours truly!
Whatever banana ice cream you’re indulging in, enjoy!