Banana Pops: A Fun Summer Snack

I know I’ve iterated this before, but banana and peanut butter is truly a marriage made in heaven.  The two mates will always have a steady relationship in my eyes, which we all know is a rarity these days.

The naturally sweet and nutty duo creates a rather satisfying flavor combo. that can be utilized on everything from PB&J to waffles to crepes.  I personally harness this flavor fusion most frequently as a snack all on it’s own.

But lately with warm-weathered days touching my skin and ice cream filling my mind, I’ve been taking an additional step to transform my favorite snack into an extra special summer treat.  With summer fruit sadly fading out, this treat is the perfect replacement.

A simple freeze can turn the classic banana and peanut butter into a healthy ice-cream-esque pop.  The protein-packed peanut butter (8 grams per serving) and potassium-filled bananas creates a well-balanced snack or after-dinner dessert that leaves me feeling both satisfied and energized.

For a super easy summer pop, stick with Phase 1.  The simple process of freezing the banana and PB adds a surprisingly special touch to the standard snack.

If you’re looking for an even extra special treat, take it to Phase 2 and add some melted chocolate to the mix.  Select whatever variety of chocolate you desire, but if you want to keep it healthy, go for bittersweet chocolate chips, like pictured above.   The dark chocolate will add a boost of antioxidants to your pops.  Spice it up a bit more with any of the optional add-ins, if you desire.

Banana Pops: A Fun Summer Snack

Ingredients

  • Phase 1:
  • -Bananas
  • -All Natural Peanut Butter
  • Unpeel bananas and slice in half longwise. Spread 2 Tbsp. of peanut butter per banana on insides. Rejoin each half. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze until firm.
  • Phase 2:
  • -Bananas
  • -All Natural Peanut Butter
  • -Powdered Sugar
  • -Chocolate chips
  • (Optional add-ins: Crushed peanuts, cocoa powder, sea salt, cayenne)

Instructions

  1. Follow directions for Phase 1. Once frozen, gather remaining ingredients.
  2. Create a double boiler by filling a small saucepan halfway with water. Bring water to a boil. Place a small metal bowl on top of saucepan so water is about an inch below the bottom of the bowl. Add chocolate chips to bowl, and stir frequently until melted.
  3. Roll bananas in powdered sugar. Spoon melted chocolate on top to cover all of the outer edges. Eat immediately, or rewrap and freeze for later consumption.

Notes

If saved in the freezer for later consumption, let sit at room temperature 2 minutes prior to eating so chocolate can slightly soften. Also, feel free to stick a popsicle stick in the center of the banana before freezing.

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    frugalfeeding
    August 27, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Great idea, these look delicious. Great photograph too. I don’t think I’ve ever tried peanut butter with banana, clearly I really should. Thanks for sharing. Love the blog.

  • Reply
    Andrea@WellnessNotes
    August 27, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I love frozen bananas!!! I often eat frozen banana slices with nut butters. Yours look beautiful!

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