My mom was that sneaky parent that allured us with bananas and called them dessert – craftily setting them on popsicles sticks, dousing them in sprinkles, and freezing them up like magical pops of naturally sweetened goodness. Complete with tinfoil peels. We never saw the fruit coming, enticed by the transformation of the frozen nana; they might as well have been melty yellow fudgesicles on a one way train to my mouth. The first to admit I could subsist solely on desserts (and perhaps stews, smoothies, and fresh fruits), I’m always conscious about sneaking in extra nutrition to make my last meal just as nourishing as any other. Much like my mom’s banana pops of childhood’s past, these superfood boasting, raw, and vegan friendly chocolate banana popsicles are just the indulgence sweet tooth’s of any age can get behind. A rich combination of ripe banana, raw cacao, almond butter, and pure maple syrup, the truth is in the toppings!
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Superfood Chocolate Banana Pops [makes 6 pops]
You will need: 6 paper straws, cut to desired length
3 ripe bananas, halved crosswise
¼ cup raw cacao powder
¼ cup coconut oil, liquid
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 tablespoons almond butter
toppings: coconut flakes, goji berries, cacao nibs, chopped walnuts, sliced almonds
Carefully insert straws into bottoms of bananas, being sure press as far in as possible without puncturing the bananas flesh. Lay bananas down on parchment lined plate, cover with plastic wrap, and freeze for a minimum of 4 hours-overnight, or until very solid.
In a tall glass whisk together cacao powder, coconut oil, maple syrup, and almond butter. Carefully, holding frozen banana by the straw, dunk into cacao mixture until halfway submerged. Quickly sprinkle with desired toppings (chocolate will harden quickly once it touches the frozen banana, so decorate fast!), and then return banana to parchment paper lined plate. Repeat with remaining bananas.
Return plate to freezer and freeze for 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
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