Chocolate Covered Banana Popsicles

They say today Labor Day is the “last” day of summer. But, no! I refuse to let go! This always happens to me. Why? What happened?

I swear this happens each and every time around this time. I start to panic, thinking, “Hey, did I just take a long summer nap?!” I can’t deny it, the hot weather kind of slows me down and I tend to feel like a turtle crawling through a very hot sandy desert with a dry mouth, thirsting for water all day long. But now with Labor Day and September’s arrival I have to make pace!

There’s a few things I haven’t even done yet that I’m hoping I’ll get to do before the warm weather fades away…

  1. Go to the beach (I need to. Must! The ocean, sand, and waves are whispering my name)
  2. Watch a summer film (even if it’s on it last final days of showtime)
  3. Buy a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream (just for me…all for myself…mua ha ha)
  4. Visit the local mountains (before it gets too cold)
  5. And finally, have a real summer storm experience. (That’s for mother nature to decide, but there hasn’t been one single summer storm as of yet and I live for these summer storms: thunder, lightning, and pouring rain?! That’s excitement for me folks!)
  6. Make gazpacho (summer’s not over until I have gazpacho)

Once I check off this list then I’m ready to let go of summer. Sadly.

But wait! There was one item on the list above but fortunately I am checking it off today and that one was:

 

7. Post a popsicle/ice cream recipe on my blog.

 

And what do you know? I finally made popsicles. (A late summer popsicle!)

These popsicles were inspired by the idea of chocolate covered bananas but I made a few changes here. First I took two frozen ripe bananas, then I pulsed them in the food processor until they looked like ice cream. But I didn’t stop there because I didn’t want ice cream, not this time. And I know, I could have just covered the whole entire banana in chocolate but there is a reason why I decided to puree the bananas first.

One reason I did this was to make a creamy smooth popsicle instead. But the most important reason was that I wanted to add a mix-in ingredient. I wanted to mix in something that bananas go exceptionally well with. And that “something” was none other than PEANUT BUTTER! I added just one tablespoon which gave it more of a hint of peanut butter flavor. I’m guessing next time I would add an additional tablespoon or two. I also added a drop of vanilla. So once the banana is pureed, it’s really up to you to decide what flavor you want to blend into it. I have a peanut butter obsession so that was my ultimate choice (and nobody could change my mind about it).

Anyway, after that they’re transferred into popsicle molds, frozen and unmolded — making it time for the best part of all! Which is bathing the banana popsicles in melted chocolate! I also sprinkled them with chopped peanuts because obviously it makes sense with the peanut butter.

And there you have it! A perfect late summer treat for those who refuse to let go of summer like me. Have bananas in the freezer? Make these popsicles then? What are you waiting for? Summer is on its last final weeks. Oops, I did not just say that. Forget that I said that. Just hold on to every last bit of summer. Enjoy each and every minute and second of it!

Chocolate Covered Banana Popsicles

Yields 5 small popsicles

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas (frozen)
  • 1-2 tablespoon peanut butter
  • a drop of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • drop of oil or a teaspoon of butter (for the melted chocolate)

Optional

  • 1 tablespoon sweetener of your choice (I used honey)

Directions

Step 1
Pulse chopped frozen bananas in a food processor until creamy and smooth. It should look like soft serve. Transfer to a small bowl. Mix in peanut butter or your choice of mix in, vanilla, sweetener. Stir together.
Step 2
Transfer to popsicle molds. Freeze until completely solid and frozen. (unmold when melted chocolate is ready by running under cold water)
Step 3
Melt chocolate on a double broiler, careful not to let any water drop inside. Add a drop of oil or a dab of butter to make the chocolate smooth and glossy.
Step 4
Have a container/platter/ plate ready and lined with parchment or plastic. Using a spoon coat popsicles with melted chocolate. Sprinkle immediately with your choice of topping. Lay on parchment-lined container or platter. Allow to completely freeze again before eating!

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