What do your summer plans include?
Mine will definitely include making these dark chocolate banana popsicles! They are my summer go to treats because:
1) I want something cold to munch on in the ridiculously hot weather.
2) I crave ice cream and popsicles but when store-bought most of them are loaded with sugar.
3) They are just amazing and you can top them with so many things.
4) BANANAS, DARK CHOCOLATE!! duh. As if that weren’t reason enough.
This could be that perfect summer dessert that is not too much after having a big barbecue with friends or a healthy but sweet treat for everyone during a hot day. This could even be a fun activities for the kids to make and enjoy their hard work by eating afterwords. Put out bowls of different topping. Let them go to town topping their own banana popsicles with yummy things. What kid doesn’t like making something then putting it in their mouth. It’s like legos they build it then feel the need to taste it for some reason.
Ideas for toppings:
- Roasted and crushed nuts
- Goji berries
- Coconut flakes
- Almond or peanut butter
I started making these last summer and I can’t wait to start making them making them again. It’s funny because I am someone whose food choices change with the season. Like I will never want ice cream or smoothies in the winter. I stick with warm desserts. It’s like with clothes even though it maybe be warm out it April I don’t wear summer clothes until it is full on summer. I don’t know if anyone else is like that maybe I am just a strange person.I am really excited for the warm weather days though. I get to make plenty of “summer” foods. I live off of salads and smoothies when it gets hot out. Check out my recipes for summer salads for proof. And soon to come my favorite smoothies!
I also can’t wait to go to the beach and do all sorts of outdoor activities. For me there are just so many enjoyable things you can do outside when the weather gets warmer. It seems like every summer I get into something new. Last year was the year of rock climbing and zip lining. I have the pleasure of living five minutes from the beach and thirty minutes away from the closest place to climb. There are many places to rock climb and zip line in the area. It’s worth it to me to take a day and go a little further to try new places. I pack a lunch and make a day out of it.
The year before that was hiking and included a ten-day camping trip in the Mercantour, a french national park. I have traveled to a few places now but that might be one of my favorite trips so far. To be out in nature with absolutely nothing but your best friend, fresh air and a backpack of only the necessary items needed was an amazing experience. I think every once in a while it’s nice to turn off everything and just live simply. We had no cell phones to be checking, didn’t worry about time or how we looked. We ate simply, had real conversation and got to really enjoy are surroundings because we had no distractions.
And one year before that when I worked on a small island in the south of France, I did a bit of snorkeling and swimming around the island of Port-Cros. It is also a national park so when the sea is calm you can see many fish and aquatic plants. I swam for ten years on a team but when you are out in the sea with so many things beneath you it’s a crazy feeling.
So who knows what this summers hobbies will be. I have no idea for the moment but I will let you know when it comes to me. Like it always does. Maybe I will just be making plenty of healthy, yummy treats and meals to share.
I made these dark chocolate popsicles twice recently. Once with my little sister when I visited last week-end. Sister bonding time and treats! We also threw in a few strawberries because she is not a big fan of bananas.
The second time with two of my amazing friends. Shout out to you ladies, you know who you are 🙂 That was a lot of fun because we were just kind of throwing things on top while chatting. We did burn a little chocolate in the process… but the banana popsicles still turned out amazing anyways. We stuck them in the freezer then ate them 20 minutes later. Also if the chocolate starts to harden warm it up on low heat with a little bit of coconut oil (learned that trick from experience). I added some protein powder to my chocolate, because why not make this a protein dessert?
- 3 ripe bananas
- 1 tablet of dark cooking chocolate 450 g
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 2 tablespoons coconut flakes
- Handful of roasted and chopped almonds
Roast your almonds or what ever nut you decide to use (walnut, pecan, peanut etc...) for 10 minutes in the oven. Chop the nuts into uneven pieces.
Warm up the peanut butter to drizzle easier.
Put all your topping in little bowls and melt down your dark chocolate in a separate bigger bowl.
Cut bananas in half and insert wooden stick.
Dip bananas in melted down chocolate, place on tray and add toppings.
Freeze 30 minutes or overnight before serving.
The ingredients that I used for this recipe and are also my personal favorite brands to use include:
Myprotein Smooth Peanut Butter