Healthy Banana and Peanut Butter Popsicles?!

The words “healthy” and “ice cream” don’t always go together, but with this banana and peanut butter popsicle recipe they most definitely do. To make this treat all you need are three ingredients: bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate chips. The final result is an “ice cream” popsicle that is dairy-free and full of healthy nutrients. It’s an out-of-the-box dessert idea that the whole family will love.

A Dessert That Treats Your Body Well

These popsicles are made by mixing peanut butter and frozen bananas to create an “ice cream.” After putting the mixture into popsicles molds and dipping the popsicles in chocolate, you get a healthy dessert full of great nutrients.

The two main ingredients in this recipe are the bananas and the peanut butter. Bananas are full of vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, and fiber. Then there is the peanut butter, which is high in fiber, protein, magnesium, vitamin E, and niacin. With the banana and peanuts improving your digestive health and keeping your heart healthy, this is one dessert that your body will thank you for.

Since March is National Peanut Month, now’s the perfect time to make this recipe. Ready to get started? Check out this recipe for banana and peanut butter popsicles from the Kitchn.

Peanut Butter and Banana Popsicles

(Recipe from Kaitlin Flannery and the Kitchn) 

 Ingredients

  • 7 bananas
  • 3/4 cup of peanut butter
  • 2 1/2 cups of dark chocolate chips

 Directions

  1. Peel the bananas and cut them into evenly sized, small coins. Put the bananas in a freezer-safe glass bowl or bag. Freeze for at least two hours, but ideally overnight.
  2. Once the bananas are frozen, break them up and put half of them into your food processor. Pulse the frozen banana pieces. Once the pieces are small and even, set your food processor to low and keep blending. The banana will look crumbly, then gooey, then like oatmeal. Scrape down the food processor when it seems like the banana is getting stuck. Keep blending until the mixture is smooth, and then add half of the peanut butter. Blend for a few more seconds to aerate the ice cream.
  3. Remove the peanut butter and banana ice cream from the food processor and load into a piping bag. Fill half of your popsicle molds, tap them firmly on the counter to remove air bubbles, and transfer them to the freezer.
  4. Repeat the whole process with the remaining bananas and peanut butter. Let the popsicles freeze overnight to set completely.
  5. Later melt the chocolate by putting the chocolate chips into a tall, narrow, microwave-safe bowl and microwaving for 30 seconds. Stir well with a rubber spatula, then microwave again for 15 seconds. Stir well, and repeat until the chocolate is smooth. Allow the chocolate to cool briefly.
  6. Remove the frozen popsicles from the freezer and their molds. One by one, dip the popsicles in the melted chocolate and set on a parchment-lined sheet pan to set.

Garnish Options

Want to take your popsicles to another level? Garnish them with shredded coconut or chopped nuts (like almonds, cashews, walnuts, and, of course, peanuts). They’ll be extra yummy.