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Delicuous Banana Split Popsicles

Banana splits make me think of the good times. Whenever I ordered a banana split, heavy on the chocolate sauce please, it always came out with a handful of spoons, ready to be shared with friends and family. Banana splits feel like lazy summer days, good people, and fighting with my sister for that precious last maraschino cherry.

Banana split popsicles

These popsicles are all the flavors of a good ol’ banana split in popsicle form. These pops are packed with fruits flavors, dipped in silky chocolate sauce, and scattered with crunchy nuts. Fruit, chocolate, and crunch? Check. Check. Check.

Best of all, these pops are secretly healthy. Real fruit and creamy coconut milk combine to make creamy layers that are so jam packed with flavor that no one would ever guess they aren’t an indulgent treat. They are refined sugar free, sweetened with only fruit and honey.

The most difficult part of this recipe is coating the popsicles with chocolate. Think about it. Frozen popsicles and warm chocolate. Without a little ingenuity and patience, this can easily turn into one big banana split puddle.

Summer banana split popsicles

Avoid the puddle in 3 easy steps:

First, once you get the popsicles out of the molds. Immediately transfer them to a cookie sheet, bowl, container, etc. and get them back into the freezer asap.

Second, allow the melted chocolate to cool down as much as possible. You want it lukewarm, not hot, and not so cold that it decides to solidify again. It is a delicate balance.

Third, dip one popsicle at a time, leaving the others in the container in the freezer. Place the dipped popsicle on a wax lined baking sheet, quickly sprinkle it with nuts and get it straight back into the freezer. Repeat with the other popsicles, removing only one from the freezer at a time, and placing them immediately on the tray and back in the freezer.

Delicious banana split popsicles

Now you are ready to make perfect pops.

Ingredients:

For the banana layer:

  • 4 medium very ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup culinary coconut milk (aka canned coconut milk)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • For the strawberry layer:
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup culinary coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • For the pineapple layer:
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 cup culinary coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey

For the chocolate shell:

  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • Chopped nuts

Directions:

1. Add the banana layer ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth.

Banana split popsicles blender ingredients

2. Poor halfway up the popsicle molds. Cover and insert the popsicle sticks. Freeze for 2 hours, or until firm.

Banana split popsicles cover

3. Add the strawberry layer ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth.

Banana split popsicles strawberry

4. Remove the molds from the freezer, uncover and fill half of the remaining space with the strawberry mixture. Freeze for 1-2 hours or until firm.

Banana split popsicles pineapple

5. Add the pineapple layer ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth.

Banana split popsicles add pineapple

6. Remove the molds from the freezer, and fill the remaining space with the pineapple layer. Freeze for 2 more hours.

Banana split popsicles fridge

7. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper or parchment paper. Set aside. Whisk together all of the chocolate shell ingredients.

8. Remove the molds from the freezer and let them sit at room temperature for 5 minutes. Remove the popsicles form the molds and place them on another cookie sheet, or in a bowl, or in any container for temporary storage. Return the popsicles to the freezer, in their temporary container.

9. Remove one popsicle from the freezer. Dip it 1/4 of the way in chocolate. Place on the wax paper lined cookie tray and sprinkle with nuts. Immediately return to the freezer. Repeat with the remaining popsicles.

10. Once the chocolate is set in the freezer, serve.

Banana split popsicles serve