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Banana Split Popsicles – Summer Treat

These Banana Split Popsicles are the perfect, creamy, delicious summer treat! Made with only 3 ingredients they taste just like a banana split!

Up until about the age of 25, if you had asked me what my favorite food was, my answer without a doubt would be Banana Splits.

You can’t get much better than:

  • 3 scoops of ice cream
  • fresh bananas
  • chocolate
  • whipped cream
  • peanuts
  • with a cherry on top

Seriously, pass me a spoon and get out of the way.

Fun fact: when I first started dating Dan, I ordered a banana split after dinner one night and he said to me “I don’t like banana splits” and I replied “it’s for me”. I’m lucky he married me.

Since then, I’d like to think I’ve grown up. Nowadays my answer would be Sushi or Thai for my favorite food. Super fancy over here (as I sit here in my yoga pants and hair that hasn’t been washed in 5 days).

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Don’t get me wrong, I still love a good banana split now and then, but try to keep those in moderation. So these Banana Split Popsicles are a way to enjoy the same great flavors as a banana split, with less ingredients, calories and fat (hi, healthy lifestyle blogger here).

Making Banana “Nice” Cream

The best part of the recipe is that the “ice cream” is literally made with frozen bananas and a strong blender. That’s it. The trendy word for this is “nice cream” but I just can’t say that without laughing.

To make the banana ice cream, simply slice up your bananas, place in a sealable plastic bag in the freezer until frozen solid. Throw them in a blender (I use a Vitamix and absolutely love it!) and puree until creamy. You can add a little milk if you need to thin it out a bit but it isn’t necessary.

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Since we are making popsicles, just spoon your banana ice cream mixture into a popsicle cold and then freeze until solid (about 3 hours).

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From there, you just dip the tip (no pun intended) in melted chocolate and then sprinkle chopped peanuts on top. Pop the pops back in the freezer again. The best way is to line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the whole pan in the freezer until set, ~10 minutes.

Optional garnishes include whipped cream and cherries. Whatever floats your banana split boat.

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Perhaps the best part about these Banana Split Popsicles for me…even Dan liked them. Major marriage accomplishment to get Mr. “doesn’t like banana splits” to actually enjoy these!

Banana Split Popsicles - Healthy Summer Treat
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Serves: 8-10 popsicles
 
Ingredients
  • 6 bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup peanuts, chopped
  • Optional Garnish: whipped cream, cherries
Instructions
  1. Place frozen, sliced bananas in blender. Blend on high until pureed and creamy. If you need to, you can add milk to blender to help create thick and creamy consistency.
  2. Spoon banana "ice cream" mixture into popsicle mold
  3. Transfer popsicles to freezer and allow ~3 hours to completely set
  4. While waiting, cover baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside
  5. Remove popsicles from freezer and allow to sit at room temperature about 5 minutes. This will help you be able to remove popsicles from mold easier. If popsicles won't come out of mold after 5 minutes, you can carefully run outside of molds under warm water.
  6. Meanwhile, fill small saucepan ¾ full with water and place on stove over medium-heat. Set glass bowl over saucepan (double boiler). Pour chocolate chips into glass bowl and constantly stir until chocolate is melted.
  7. Once chocolate chips are melted, allow to cool for ~2 minutes before dipping tip of popsicles into melted chocolate. Coat entire tip of popsicle with chocolate and then immediately sprinkle with chopped peanuts.
  8. Lay popsicles on parchment lined baking sheet and place entire pan in freezer.
  9. Allow about 5 minutes to completely set
  10. Remove from freezer and garnish with whipped cream and cherries (if desired) and serve immediately.
P.S. – Did you know that it’s popsicle week on Wit & Vinegar? I mean what could be better than finding hundreds of amazing popsicle recipes all in one place?? The answer is nothing. You can also search #popsicleweek over on Instagram and find amazing of drool worthy popsicle photos all in one place. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

 

Banana Split Popsicles - Healthy Summer Treat by The Domestic Dietitian. These Banana Split Popsicles are the perfect, creamy, delicious summer treat! Made with only 3 ingredients they taste just like a decadent dessert.

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