Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Peanut Butter Chocolate Dipped Banana Pops

I know, I know, it's the middle of the winter and I'm posting a popsicle recipe. But to be honest, I took this picture this past summer and am just now getting around to posting it. And really, these are a delicious, nutritious snack (especially for toddlers) year round!

Peanut Butter
Vegetable Oil (optional)
Popsicle Sticks

Quarter bananas--cut in half length-wise and then width-wise (great for toddler-sized mouths!). Carefully insert a popsicle stick into the banana quarter (as they tend to split). I actually use the thin style popsicle sticks to reduce problems. Lay on a cookie sheet and freeze for at least 30 minutes. Meanwhile, put some peanut butter and chocolate in a tall cup. You can use whatever ratio suits you, but I generally use about a 1:4 or 1:5 ratio of chocolate to peanut butter to keep them more nutritious. Melt in the microwave until smooth and glossy. If you like, you may add in a few teaspoons of vegetable oil to thin the mixture, thereby reducing the amount that will stick to the outside of the banana. When bananas are firm, remove from cookie sheet, dip in peanut butter mixture, and replace on cookie sheet. Freeze until solid. I like to do a huge batch at a time and keep them in gallon ziploc bags for a quick, easy snack. We all love them!

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