Easy Frozen Banana Pops – a kid favorite, but fun for adults too! Everyone can to create their own, customized with personal toppings. Or, whip up a batch for crowd-pleasing treat that you can feel good about.
What’s your favorite topping for frozen treats? Mine is toasted coconut, the kiddo loves sprinkles, and my husband loves crushed peanuts. The beauty of these frozen banana pops is that everyone can easily participate in making them and be perfectly happy with the results. You can make this an even healthier treat by using dark chocolate (antioxidants FTW) and sprinkling crushed freeze-dried fruit, nuts, or dried fruit bits over the chocolate. Choose dairy-free chocolate if you’d like to make these dairy-free or vegan.
You need a few items to get set up. You can use round food grade craft sticks, heavy wooden skewers or popsicle sticks. I find the popsicle sticks are easier to hang on to, especially if you’ll be serving them to younger kids. Find a sheet pan that fits in your freezer (and a flat, open spot in the freezer!) lined with waxed paper, parchment paper or a Silpat.
Of course, you need a few bananas, some semi-sweet chocolate, either unsalted butter or coconut oil and your favorite toppings. You’ll also need about 15 minutes (if you’re prepping these solo) or roughly double that if you’re hosting a “team-building activity” in the kitchen.
(I’m team toasted coconut. Sometimes pistachios + coconut, but always coconut. I suggest you try it too!)
Frozen Banana Pops
- popsicle sticks or wooden skewers
- 4 large ripe bananas peeled and cut in half
- 8 wooden Popsicle Sticks
- 16 ounces semisweet chocolate chopped or chips
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter or coconut oil
- chopped nuts, coconut flakes, sprinkles or other toppings
- Line a sheet pan with waxed paper. Have kids insert a popsicle stick into the cut-end of each banana, pushing the stick halfway in, leaving the other end exposed for use as a handle. Place the bananas on the sheet pan and freeze 1 hour.
- Melt the chocolate and butter or coconut oil in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally. (Or microwave on high power for 30 seconds at a time, stopping to stir after each 30 seconds until melted.)
- Arrange the dipping decorations on several flat plates. Working with 1 banana at a time, dip it in the chocolate and turn to completely coat (spoon some on, if needed). Let kids roll the dipped banana in the desired decorations, transfer to the sheet pan, and return to the freezer for at least 1/2 hour.
Photos: Meg van der Kruik (who’s son Kash is my newest banana pop fan.)
Crowd pleasing treats that everyone loves? Sign me up.