Banana Coconut Ice Pops

  • Banana Coconut Ice Pops with chocolate and almonds

    Is it too early to start thinking about summer?  I know it’s only January, but I’m already itching for lazy summer days.

    I have summer on the brain all year long.  Maybe because July is my birth month, perhaps because summer means it’s travel time, or could it be that I ache for long summer days that allow me to take pictures past 3 pm?  Does that last one strike a chord with any of you fellow food bloggers?

    Whatever the season, I guarantee these chocolate dipped banana coconut ice pops will have you thinking it’s summertime.

    Banana Coconut Ice Pops with chocolate and almonds

    Where do I begin with these banana coconut ice pops?  They’re jam packed full of coconuts!

    You start with a can of coconut milk, a splash of coconut water, a couple tablespoons of coconut sugar and blend it all together with a sweet, ripe banana.  After that’s been frozen, we dip the banana coconut ice pops into a chocolate dip made of melted dark chocolate and coconut oil.  I could have gone overboard with the coconuts and sprinkled shredded coconut over the ice pops, but I didn’t.  It’s too early in the year for coconut overkill.  Toasted almonds works wonderfully with the tropical flavors of coconut and banana.

    Banana Coconut Ice Pops with chocolate and almonds

    If it weren’t for the couple of pounds I gained from the holidays, I would have tested these babies with richer coconut cream.  I’ll save that recipe testing for another day.

    I could eat three of these in one sitting.  Let’s not talk about how I know that.  Instead, let’s talk about how these coconut ice pops will have you craving a tropical vacation.  Hawaii, Bali, Thailand, Tahiti…

    Banana Coconut Ice Pops with chocolate and almonds

    Banana Coconut Ice Pops

    The tropical flavors of these banana coconut ice pops will have you feeling like summer no matter what season it actually is. Dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with toasted almonds, these are the perfect little frozen treats!

    Yield: 8 popsicles

    Ingredients:

    • 14 oz can light coconut milk*
    • 1/4 cup coconut water
    • 3 Tbsp coconut sugar
    • 1 ripe banana

    Chocolate Dip:

    • 8 oz dark chocolate (72%), roughly chopped
    • 3/4 cup coconut oil
    • 1/2 cup toasted almonds, roughly chopped

    Directions:

    1. In a blender, combine coconut milk, coconut water, coconut sugar and banana.  Blend until smooth. Pour mixture into popsicle molds.  Insert wooden popsicle sticks and freeze for at least 5 hours or until solid.
    2. To make chocolate dip: Place chopped chocolate and coconut oil in a heat-proof bowl.  Set over a pot of simmer water, creating a bain-marie (double boiler).  Melt chocolate over low heat.  Stir to combine.  Once chocolate has melted, remove from heat.
    3. Dip frozen ice bars into melted chocolate dip mixture.  Immediately sprinkle with chopped almonds.  Enjoy immediately or store in the freezer until ready to eat.

    * I used light coconut milk from Trader Joe's, but any kind of coconut milk should work.

    The Little Epicurean

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    Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker

    MMMM…. I really want some now these banana pops. And there is no such thing as coconut overboard. I would of sprinkled some almonds and coconut on the top, coconut is good!

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Thanks Rochelle! Glad to know coconut overboard doesn’t exist! I’ll have to add shredded coconut next time I make this! :)

    Connie @ Sprig and Flours

    These ice pops are making me yearn for warm weather. I’m living in Boston right now, where 40 degrees is considered a warm day this time of year, but I was born and raised in California, where winter doesn’t really exist! I love the design of these pops and the flavors are right up my ally! Coconut milk in dessert is my weakness. Pinned (:

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Yes, winter doesn’t happen in California! Yesterday the high was 80! Thanks Connie! :)

    Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire

    ive been craving summer sun as well. I miss being able to take photos at 6pm. I hate having to rush through the morning and get photos done. These Popsicles look divine I could probably eat three or four of them in a row, too! Pinning!

      Maryanne Cabrera

      I hate the rush! But I’ve learned to be a little more organized so I can work faster and get those photos taken! :) THANKS, Amanda!

    Jen+@+baked+by+an+Introvert

    How I long for summer! I despise the dreary winter months. It depresses me. Buuutttt. These ice pops make me so happy! Love the banana and coconut flavors! I’m going to eat 2 or 3, okay maybe 4. Who’s counting…

    Kaylene @ The Links Site

    It is the middle of summer here in Australia (35C/95F degrees today) so these cool treats look very inviting!

      Maryanne Cabrera

      One of these winters, I will have to fly out to Australia and enjoy the summer there!

    Kathleen @ Yummy Crumble

    I absolutely love how much coconut you used in these pops! I probably would have done the overkill of toasted coconut on mine, but that’s because I don’t know when to stop. and yes to the picture taking past 3 o clock!! :)

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Thanks Kathleen! I’m a coconut-holic! I can’t wait for longer days and longer photographing times! :)

    Thalia+@+butter+and+brioche

    Its summer here in Australia so these banana and coconut ice pops are just perfect! I love how surprisingly healthy there are too!

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Thanks Thalia! I’m so jealous you’re already in summer! I just have to wait a couple more months :)

    Sarah | Broma Bakery

    These. These these these these these. Like, everything about them is perfect. You make me want to get an ice cream stick mold like yesterday. If I could pin them 20 times, I would :)

      Maryanne Cabrera

      lol THANKS Sarah! You need a mold…pronto! I can only imagine all the chocolatey frozen treats you’d whip up!

    Sarah+@+Savoring+Spoon

    This is AMAZING. It is never too early in the year for popsicles, especially creamy ones made with coconut milk and dipped in chocolate! Pinned!

    Azu

    Love the idea for this popsicles, they look so yummy! Besides they are made with healthy and natural ingredients. Pinned!

    Kayiu @ Saucy Spatula

    Dipped in dark chocolate?!?! I’m SO there! :D

    Trish

    I made some popsicles today too! ha! Oh man…. sooooooo ready for summer. And YES, taking photos beyond early afternoon sounds like a dream at this point. :)
    Trish

      Maryanne Cabrera

      I’m excited to see what you made! I took at peek at your site and I’m in love… almond milk chai with whiskey and orange? Hello, new bff! :)

    Sarah @ SnixyKitchen

    I think the toasted almonds sound like just the right touch to complement the coconut and bananas. I could also eat 3 in one sitting! I’m itching for summer like crazy – what’s with the light disappearing so early!?

    mikayla

    this looks absolutely perfect. i’m trying this with vegan chocolate very soon because now my mouth is watering.