sweet saturday: chocolate peanut butter banana pops

Posted on Jun 18, 2011 in Food

On Monday, while we were in New York, we stopped into the NBC Experience store. For those of you that have never been there, it is basically an awesome store where you can buy a ton of fun souvenirs related to your favorite NBC shows. There were quite a few fun shirts and knickknacks I wanted, but the shirt that I almost walked out of there with was this one:

If you are an Arrested Development fan you know how awesome this shirt is. If you’ve never seen Arrested Development, open another tab in your browser and go add it to your Netflix queue right now. I’ll wait.

Even though I didn’t walk out of there with the t-shirt, I was inspired to make my very own Bluth-style dessert. Frozen bananas are creamy, smooth and the perfect summer-y treat. They are a great substitute for ice cream and pack a powerful nutrition punch.

I’m one of those people who absolutely must have a dessert for my meal to feel complete. It doesn’t have to be a lot—a small piece of dark chocolate or a spoonful of ice cream—but it has to be something. Having dessert with every dinner can very quickly add up to a lot of sugar and a lot of nutritionally-void food. But these banana pops are great for satisfying the sweet tooth without wrecking your whole day.

The process for making peanut butter banana pops is super simple. No recipe needed. Start with just spotted bananas. Now usually, I like my bananas a touch green, but when bananas freeze, any “green” flavor tends to get intensified, so I find it best to stick with bananas with more developed sugars for freezing. Also, the greener the banana, the more likely it will spilt when you put in the sticks. I slice my naners in half and then cut off the ends so they are nice and neat.

Using candy-making sticks that you can get from any craft store, push a stick into each banana half about 1-1/2 inches. Don’t worry if some start to split a bit, it’ll eventually all get filled with yummy chocolate.

Next up, you’ll need to freeze the banana halves for about 30-45 minutes. This step is important for two reasons. First up, a cold banana means that when you dip it in the chocolate, it’ll harden quickly and you’ll avoid a drippy, chocolately mess. Secondly, fruit has a ton of water in it and water and chocolate do not like each other. Pre-freezing helps to solidify the water in the bananas before it ever touches the chocolate.

In the meantime, chop up your “toppings”. I used roughly chopped peanuts, but there are a ton of possibilities. Sprinkles, coconut, chocolate shavings, chopped up pretzels, toffee. Use your imagination!

When your bananas are about done in the ice box, start bringing together your chocolate coating. In a microwave-safe bowl, toss in a bag of chocolate chips and a large spoonful of peanut butter (I’d say about 1/4 cup). Microwave for 60-90 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, until the chips are melted and it is well-combined.

Now it is time to dip! Dunk each banana in the chocolate mixture. Use a spoon to cover the entire banana (also use the back of the spoon to scrape off excess chocolate).

Once covered, roll them into your toppings and then place on parchment paper while you finish up the rest. You can try to make them stand on end, but chances are, they’ll want to topple over. Feel free to take a moment or two to admire the beauty that is freshly poured chocolate.

Once you’ve finished coating all the pops (that chocolate mixture should make enough to coat four bananas—eight pops), transfer to the freezer to finish chilling. 1-2 hours later, you’ll have hardened chocolate and a smooth, frozen banana middle.

Once they are frozen through, you can transfer them into a zip-top bag and store them in the freezer for easy desserting.

Michael Bluth approves.

30 Comments

  1. girl…these are awesome…I’ve got some bananas that I’m going to use for these tomorrow. I’ve got to get back to my healthier eating and these will be so much better for me than cake or pie…I like to have a little bit of dessert at night too, but those calories add up quickly, don’t they?

    • They do add up! But for my sanity (and Babyface’s) I definitely need dessert everyday.

  2. I want one right now!

    • Maybe I should start my own frozen banana stand in Bloomington?

  3. I LOVE Arrested Development!

    • Then it is your duty to make some frozen banana!

  4. Oh. Em. Gee. These look amazing. Can we call them health food? Let’s call them health food. Okay. I’m making these this week.

    • They are definitely health food!

  5. I’ve got my first batch of these in the freezer right now…chocolate on them, everything freezing up for the final taste test…I may have to grab one before the 1-2 hours is up!

    • I think i’ll probably be eating these all summer. Yum!

  6. oh, do you mind if I put a link to your blog in my blog today or tomorrow? These are so good, I want to share!

    • Go for it! Thanks for the link love.

  7. dude. i was already watching arrested development when i opened my google reader to read this. excellent timing.

    • It’s fate!

  8. Started reading..Oh, those look kinda good…Wait!..Peanut Butter?..Oh yes!!!

    BRB..gotta run to the store real quick. ;)

    • Hope you like them!

  9. ohh this is just what I need! and best of all I have all the ingredients! :D you just made my day!

    • Hope you like em!

  10. There’s always money in the banana stand. :P

    • HAHA! This totally made me LOL.

  11. I have frozen nanners that are just waiting for chocolate. Or maybe butterscotch :D

  12. I think I’m going to get addicted to this.

  13. Oh, Arrested Development… how I miss you! I hear there might be a movie in the near future. Until then, I will console myself with these amazing frozen banana pops. I bet they’re even better than anything George Michael could make ;).

  14. That t-shirt is amazing! WANT!!

  15. “Ten cents gets you nuts…”

    looks delicious! i like the idea of mixing the peanut butter with the chocolate pre-dip. i could use one of these as an afternoon snack right now!

  16. peanut butter? chocolate? you got me at peanut. my mom loved just looking at them. they’re still in the freezer and we’ll probably munch on them later but i’m pretty sure that the fam will love them! I put chopped yogurt covered pretzels and chopped ferrero rochers. Dont know how it’ll taste but knowing how I love them by themselves, it should be pretty delish~ <3 thanks for the idea!

    • Hope you liked them!

  17. These look great! I think I’m going to try it with crushed almonds and almond butter! Maybe some coconut flakes too…. mmmm

  18. Can’t wait to make these! A healthier alternative to ice cream.

  19. This looks sooooo good i need to try this. please chaeck out http://www.awesomekidstuff.com thanks

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