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{Guest Post} Chocolate Almond Butter Banana Popsicles

Chocolate Almond Butter Banana Popsicles

Introduction

On a hot day, there’s nothing quite as satisfying and delicious as a frosty popsicle. For the young and old alike, these treats are the perfect snack to beat the heat. If you’re facing down the peak of summer, give this recipe a try for a treat that will keep you cool and deliver a delicious punch of flavor at the same time.

Most of the time, we think of fruit-flavored popsicles, but popsicles can also have chocolate added for a truly rich and decadent treat.

Not only does the addition of chocolate create a richer flavor, it also elevates this treat from a childhood into a more sophisticated snack. Enjoy it as a mid-day break or a treat after dinner.

vegan chocolate almond butter popsicles

This recipe couldn’t be easier to make. All you need is a blender, some ripe bananas, almond butter, some cocoa powder, and a freezer!

They take only minutes to prepare, and if you pop them in the freezer overnight, they will be ready to enjoy by the next day. If you forget to prep them in advance, you’ll need to wait about six hours before they’re frozen solid enough to enjoy.

Since this recipe starts with fresh bananas instead of frozen, you can almost any blender with basic functions, but the strongest blenders will give you added consistency and a quicker prep.

If you don’t already have a blender, be sure to check out these top picks to learn about the different price points, functions, etc.

The easiest way to prepare these treats is with popsicle molds, which can be purchased inexpensively.

However, if you’re on a budget or want to make sure you’ll enjoy fresh popsicles before you invest in a set, you can use toothpicks and an ice tray to make little bite-size pops.

chocolate banana vegan popsicles

 

The other great thing about this treat is that it is healthy. All of the ingredients are wholesome without any added sugars or artificial flavors. That means that it may feel like you’re munching on a decadent dessert, but you will not have any of the guilt! This is a perfect nutritious after-dinner treat for a sweet tooth.

Chocolate and almond butter are a classic flavor combination, and they’re popular for a reason. This blend of smooth, creamy chocolate and rich, flavorful almond butter is a match made in heaven! However, you can sub any nut butter that meets your tastes. Almond butter is a particularly good choice.

Additional Tips

The best time to use bananas for this recipe is when they are at their peak flavor. A good indication that your banana is ready to become a popsicle is when it is bright yellow with a few dark spots just appearing on the peel. Bananas as this ripeness are both flavorful and creamy.

This recipe can also be adapted in other ways. It’s important to keep the banana as a base because it will help give the final product a creamy consistency rather than the more solid texture of a traditional fruit popsicle. This texture is more fitting of a chocolate treat. You can, however, add raspberries or cherries for an additional boost of fruity flavor.

If you do choose to add additional fruit, you can use either fresh or frozen options. If you use frozen, you will need to blend longer and keep an eye on the texture to make sure you have gotten all of the chunks blended well.

Give this recipe a try and make the substitutions to make it your own and enjoy this frosty treat all summer long!

Chocolate almond butter banana popsicles
Chocolate almond butter banana popsicles
Recipe Ingredients
  • 2 bananas ripe
  • 2 tbsp of almond butter
  • 1-2 cups of almond milk to blend
  • ¼ cup of cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp of sea salt
  • ½ tsp of vanilla extract
Recipe Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend for about 60 seconds until everything is liquified (see photos).
  3. Then pour liquid into popsicle molds, assemble, and place into the freezer.
  4. Freeze overnight or for around 6 hours until frozen solid.
  5. Enjoy a healthy popsicle!

{This is a guest post by Thrive Cuisine .com}

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