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Frozen Chocolate Dipped Banana Pops

July 24, 2010

Gluten Free, Vegan

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Cool frosty summer treats are now in order. Banana pops are so simple and SO delicious slathered in dark chocolate. If you make about 30 of these, they’ll last you a little while and every time you open the freezer you’ll be greeted by the ultimate combination of chocolate, soft, sweet frozen banana, and crunchy peanuts.

Step 1: Let bananas ripen to the brown spot stage.

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Step 2:

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Cut in half and insert popsicle sticks.

Step 3:

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Peel, and place on a sheet pan that has already been in the freezer for at least 15 minutes.

Why? Because The quicker you can freeze the bananas, the less of a chance they will turn brown or “leak” sugar and moisture which creates nasty ice crystals.

Step 4:

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Freeze for about 4 hours. I used a cooling rack to create more space in my freezer for two sheet pans of bananas.

Step 5:

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Dip in dark chocolate. I like the Ghirardelli chips in the gold bag. For every cup, use 1-2 tbsp coconut oil to ensure even melting and goof proof dipping. You can either use a chocolate fountain as pictured above or use the  microwave method.

I’m not a fan of double boilers. When it takes just a drop of water to seize melted chocolate, why would you do it over a pot of simmering water? It just doesn’t make sense. Dry heat is a much more capable of producing seizure proof chocolate.

If you don’t like to use the microwave you can use the heating pad method, but I warn you it takes much longer and when the chocolate is uniformly melted it’s still much thicker and more difficult to work with than microwave chocolate.

Step 6: Dip chocolate covered bananas in your choice of add ins- peanuts, coconut, sprinkles, chopped almonds, etc.

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Place back on the cookie sheet in the freezer (the chocolate should harden immediately because the banana is already frozen.)

After about 30 minutes you can move all bananas to a zip top freezer bag.

Enjoy!

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. July 24, 2010 4:17 am

    YES! I have wanted to make these for a while now. I need another batch of bananas to ripen for when I’m at the shore where I have a microwave. Do you think Baker’s unsweetened would work with this? Or is it maybe too bitter? I’m out of chips right now because whenever I open a bag, my family snacks on them and then they are gone when I turn around!

    • July 24, 2010 9:26 am

      I think it would work! I’ve actually wanted to do that… I think especially when the bananas are really ripe the dark chocolate is a nice contrast to the sweetness.

      My family does the same thinggg haha!

      • July 26, 2010 10:12 am

        So I made these tonight with the Baker’s unsweetened chocolate…I used one big square for two banana halves…I might spread it a little bit more thinly but if the chocolate is not too thick and the banana is ripe enough, I think it works well! At first bite, I got a ton of bitter chocolate (all from the tip) and was not impressed, but the rest was great. Someone with a big sweet tooth might not like it. I want to figure out how to incorporate marshmallow for s’mores version. Or make a PB stuffed version.

      • July 26, 2010 10:32 am

        I wanted to try PB cup too! I was thinking a thin natural peanut butter (Saratoga would probably work really well) and then when the banana is dipped it would harden… freeze and hen redip in dark chocolate. I haven’t gotten around to it, but it could work!
        For s’mores what about chocolate covered bananas dipped in those freeze dried marshmallows, the kind in cocoa mix? http://astore.amazon.com/ohma-20/detail/B0000DK4ZR

  2. July 24, 2010 5:37 am

    This is such an amazing idea! I am so trying this out tomorrow! 🙂

  3. July 24, 2010 6:20 am

    This is like my dream dessert! And so good for summer too!

    I’m planning on making banana soft serve too so I need to freeze some bananas stat!!!!

  4. July 24, 2010 9:20 am

    I love frozen chocolate-dipped bananas, and they’re so easy to make but i don’t know why I’ve never made them!

  5. July 24, 2010 7:36 pm

    Those look awesome! I want to eat one right now and it’s like 7:30 in them morning. Thanks. 🙂

    To answer your questions–no I am not free next Wednesday but we are all getting together again on Monday night if you want to come then.

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