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Kick summer off right with these Chocolate Banana Popsicles! They're dairy-free, paleo-friendly and so dang simple to make!| StupidEasyPaleo.com

Chocolate Banana Popsicles

Chocolate Banana Popsicles are sure to cool you down on a hot summer day.

Kick summer off right with these Chocolate Banana Popsicles! They're dairy-free, paleo-friendly and so dang simple to make!| StupidEasyPaleo.com

The Inspiration for These Chocolate Banana Popsicles

They’re creamy, luscious, and reminiscent of a very popular flavor of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream – Chunky Monkey® – except this recipe title isn’t trademarked 😉

Best part…they’re dairy-free, simple to put together, and very customizable depending on your preferences.

You’ve got that unmistakable banana flavor forming the base, and the final popsicles are dipped in melted dark chocolate chips, then sprinkled with chopped walnuts.

While this isn’t the only popsicle recipe on the blog (click here for my Paleo Rocket Popsicles), it’s the first I’ve published here in a while.

Kick summer off right with these Chocolate Banana Popsicles! They're dairy-free, paleo-friendly and so dang simple to make! | StupidEasyPaleo.com

I recently got super inspired after seeing my friend Beth from Tasty Yummies post a totally decadent-looking Chocolate Covered Strawberry Fudgesicles on her blog.

And as it does, when I get inspired, my mind almost always picks a main ingredient. It went to bananas. Who knows why…it’s just how my process works. Then the rest kind of unfolds as I choose complimentary flavors.

How to Make Dairy-Free Popsicles

I made my Chocolate Banana Popsicles with a coconut milk base, but you could totally use whatever kind of nut milk you want to keep them dairy-free; cashew or almond would be good.

Full-fat coconut milk adds quickly digested medium chain triglycerides, and it’s really satisfying and creamy.

If walnuts aren’t your thing, try sprinkling other kinds of chopped nuts on the melted chocolate. Just be sure to sprinkle fast because the cold popsicles make the chocolate harden at lightning speed.

Kick summer off right with these Chocolate Banana Popsicles! They're dairy-free, paleo-friendly and so dang simple to make! | StupidEasyPaleo.com

How to Customize Your Chocolate Banana Popsicles

Or you could skip dipping the Chocolate Banana Popsicles in melted chocolate altogether. You could drizzle it on instead. Or, simply drop chocolate chips and chopped nuts into the popsicle molds, then fill with the banana-coconut milk base.

If your bananas are ripe, you may not even need to add the optional honey.

Blend the main ingredients and give it a taste. If it’s sweet enough, omit the honey. No biggie.

Or use whatever sweetener you like…maple syrup, coconut crystals, etc. I just happen to have a little extra honey on hand from the hive.

Before pouring the base into the molds, I added a few pieces of sliced banana to each. It gives a bit more of a chunky texture which I like. If you’re not into that, omit the third banana…

…but you’ll probably end up with something like six Chocolate Banana Popsicles instead of 8 or 9.

Kick summer off right with these Chocolate Banana Popsicles! They're dairy-free, paleo-friendly and so dang simple to make! | StupidEasyPaleo.com

Add a Collagen Boost

I also added some grass-fed collagen powder for a bit of a protein boost, but it’s totally optional if you don’t have it handy.

In case you’re wondering, these are the popsicle molds I use. (Just be sure to buy an extra package of popsicle sticks so you don’t run out too fast.)

And my secret for cutting down on the mess when I fill the molds is to use a small funnel.

Or sometimes I just tempt fate and pour right from the blender pitcher.

Above all else, have fun with these. Experiment with your own flavor combinations and get creative.

Kick summer off right with these Chocolate Banana Popsicles! They're dairy-free, paleo-friendly and so dang simple to make! | StupidEasyPaleo.com

Kick summer off right with these Chocolate Banana Popsicles! They're dairy-free, paleo-friendly and so dang simple to make!| StupidEasyPaleo.com

Chocolate Banana Popsicles Recipe (Dairy-Free & Paleo)

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dairy-Free, Paleo, Plant-Based
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freeze Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 315 kcal
Author: Steph Gaudreau

Kick summer off right with these Chocolate Banana Popsicles! They're dairy-free, paleo-friendly and so dang simple to make!

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Ingredients

  • 3 ripe medium-sized bananas about 18 oz, peeled
  • 14 oz coconut milk full-fat
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp collagen powder optional
  • 1 tbsp raw honey optional
  • 6 oz semisweet chocolate chips I use Enjoy Life brand mini chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

Make the Popsicles

  1. In a powerful blender, combine two of the bananas, the coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and collagen. Blend on high for 30 seconds until smooth. Taste the mixture. If it's not sweet enough, add the honey and blend again for 15 more seconds.
  2. Slice the third banana. Add a few slices of banana to about 8 popsicle molds. Then carefully pour the banana-coconut base into each mold, distributing it evenly. Insert the popsicle sticks and freeze the molds until everything is completely set, at least 3 hours. Once they're frozen, run the molds under warm water until the popsicles release. Place on a parchment-lined sheet and return to the freezer.

Dip the Popsicles

  1. When you're ready to dip your popsicles, melt about 5 ounces of the the chocolate chips. Reserve the other ounce for sprinkling on the dipped popsicles. I recommend a double boiler to melt the chocolate, though a careful pop into the microwave works too.
  2. Once the chocolate is melted, gather the remaining chocolate chips and the chopped walnuts for sprinkling. Remove the popsicles from the freezer. Working quickly, dip the top of each popsicle in the melted chocolate one by one. Lay each dipped popsicle back on the parchment-lined sheet. Immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips and chopped walnuts. Repeat.
  3. Return the Chocolate Banana Popsicles back to the freezer until the chocolate completely hardens, about 10 minutes. Eat!

Recipe Notes

You can freeze these for a few months in a plastic ziptop bag.

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Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Banana Popsicles Recipe (Dairy-Free & Paleo)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 315 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 13mg1%
Potassium 425mg12%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Vitamin C 5.2mg6%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Kick summer off right with these Chocolate Banana Popsicles! They're dairy-free, paleo-friendly and so dang simple to make! | StupidEasyPaleo.com

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3 Responses

  1. Bananas and chocolate are just a scrumptious pair. Anything that reminds me of Ben and Jerry’s is great in my book! AND it’s dairy-free? Even better.

  2. I’ve recently become semi-obsessed with making paleo pops so I can’t wait to try these! Do you have any suggestions for how to prevent the coconut milk & cream from separating in the freezing process?

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