I’ve been asked this question so many times by patients, friends, and family… “What can I eat for dessert that’s good for me?” or “What’s a healthy dessert?” My responds varies depending on who I talk to. BUT most of the time I always tell them that fruit is the ultimate healthy dessert option. These frozen banana pops are one of my favorite things to do at home! Making these frozen chocolate covered treats is easy and super convenient because there’s no baking or cooking involved. Too good to be true right?!
The dark chocolate (at least 60%, but preferably 70% cacao) provides rich antioxidants to the dessert. Adding nuts or seeds will give it an extra boost of healthy vitamins, minerals, and oils. The beauty of this dessert is that you can use all your favorite ingredients! Other ideas include: using sliced almonds, adding chopped raspberries, or drizzling peanut butter on top. Scroll down to get the simple steps on the ones I created below.
Dark Chocolate Covered Banana Pops
- 4 medium ripe but firm bananas
- 8 small wooden sticks
- 6 tablespoons chopped pecans
- 3 tablespoons chopped pistachio
- 12 blueberries cut in half
- 6 oz. dark chocolate (70% cacao), chopped
Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over (not in) a pan of simmering water. Stir chocolate until completely melted.
Place wax paper on a baking sheet. Cut bananas in half. Insert a wooden stick in one end of each banana piece. Dip banana, one piece at a time, in chocolate, it’s okay to add on extra chocolate to cover.
Sprinkle each banana with choice of nuts/fruits, and set on wax covered baking sheet. Refrigerate until chocolate is firm, 20 minutes, or up to 2-3 days.
*Note: for completely frozen bananas wait at least 12 hours to eat! Enjoy!