Zesty Grilled Shrimp Tacos with South of the Border Corn and Cotija Salsa.
So how about a sweet and creamy pop??
I feel like these pops are the perfect Sunday Funday treat. I mean, they aren’t overly sweet, there’s no added sugar, they are sweetened only with honey, they’ve even got the good for you ingredients of bananas, almond butter, coconut milk and almonds…delish! Yes, they are dipped into chocolate, but hey, use dark chocolate – it has all kinds of benefits. So you see, you don’t have to feel too bad about these sweet little indulgences. They are also incredibly creamy and delicious, making them the ideal treat for these warmer days.
Clearly the perfect Sunday treat.
Best part? You can make them today, enjoy one in four hours and then have seven more for later. Yup, yup! Now that’s what I call Sunday preppin for the week.
I mean, you’ve got to make sure you have some chocolate on hand for each and ever day of the week…
Otherwise, how will you get through?
So you guys, I have serious business to chat about today.
Edible flowers. Yeah, that’s my serious business. But hear me out. See, I am loving using edible flowers in everything lately, they are just so fun. But umm….I just learned that a few of the flowers I have been picking from my yard are poisonous and I pretty much had a mild freak out that I was going to kill everybody I was feeding. OK, so that’s a bit of an exaggeration. Only one of the flowers I picked were poisonous, and no one ever ate them, I just used them for photos, but still!
I guess I never thought that the flowers in my own yard could be harmful. I realize how stupid this is, but I just wasn’t thinking about it. Once I realized this, I spent the next hour hovering over my computer researching what flowers I could actually eat. I was really surprised to find there are a decent amount of poisonous flowers.
Who knew? NOT ME.
Anyway, this led to me ordering a book on edible flowers from Amazon. I plan on reading up…so as not kill anyone. I really don’t need that on my conscience!
Question, has this moment ever happened to anyone else??
Clearly I am not a gardener, but I’m hoping my dad can soon teach me a few tricks. He has always loved to have a veggie garden, but fell off the wagon since moving to Colorado. The whole everything freezing overnight in the summertime thing is a HUGE turn off. Apparently though, when we lived back in Ohio (a place where things can actually grow!) dad would pick the dandelion greens from the yard and put them in his salad. Go dad!
My mom and I would pick his tomato plants, that’s what we were good for, eating!
And speaking of my mom, I made her come over on Friday just to try these salted chocolate dipped banana almond pops. I had to see her face when she took the first bite. If she rolls her eyes, you know you have an awesome recipe, and guys?
She totally rolled her eyes big time while eating these healthy pops.
And yes, I did say healthy, like I said before, no added sugar (I used honey, but vegans can use maple syrup if desired), no butter, no cream (cause why use cream when you can use Almond Breeze Coconut Almond Milk?!?!), loads of heart healthy almonds, coconut and dark chocolate. These pops are practically antioxidants sitting on a stick.
Gosh, don’t you just love how I can turn things into healthy treats (or my kind of heathy anyway)? I seem to be really into making things healthier deserts lately. It’s phase, but I am liking it.
Here’s the deal, the base of the pops are SO simple to make, just add some very ripe bananas, almond butter, almond milk, a couple of tablespoons honey (or maple syrup) and some vanilla to a food processor and blend until creamy. Then pour the batter into popsicles molds or just use paper dixie cups. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze.
A little before you take the pops out of the freezer, make the malted honey sauce. This sauce is totally optional and not something these pops necessarily NEED…but, if you are looking for more of a dessert, like chewy caramel, then make the sauce. It’s really easy, just add everything to a pot, bring to a boil and cook 5 minutes. Let it cool slightly, then dip the frozen pops into the sauce and place back in the freezer.
And then the chocolate layer. Now this is a MUST, you have to put the chocolate on these. You could skip out, but that’s just kind of lame. Sorry, but it is true.
Plus, the chocolate shell is just dark chocolate and coconut oil, so nothing fancy. Then sprinkle with roasted almonds, coconut and sea salt.
See, pretty simple, kind of annoying all the freezer time, but still, pretty easy to make, so yummy and so much fun!
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Oh, and clearly these pops are crazy creamy, which is crazy awesome!
Looks absolutely delicious. A little more involved than I hoped but well worth it.
Thank you Belinda!
Thank you! I am glad you liked this!
I knew these would be filling because of the almond butter and I was right! The but butter + banana + chocolate combination was super yummy. I tried to make the coconut honey (with brown sugar) but I ran out of nut milk. I had some evaporated milk laying around so I used that instead but I wasn’t really sure how thick to let the mixture get. It ended up turning into a paste-like consistency so I guess I cooked it too long :/ The popsicles were really good though! Kind of like a modern twist on the classic chocolate covered banana.
So glad the popsicles were good!! Such a bummer about the honey!! Next time!! Thank you for try it Melanie!! So happy you liked it!!
these pops look SO good I have made the first part and waiting for them to freeze thank you so much !
I could not stop thinking about this recipe after coming across it on Pinterest a couple weeks ago. I made them today for mine and my Hubby’s date night in and oh my goodness, absolutely delicious! I’ve saved recipes from your site but thi s was the first we’ve tried. Keep the healthy recipes coming please!!!:)
Finding this blog is the best thing thats ever happened to me.
YEAH!! THANK YOU! Hope you love everything you try!! 🙂
these look amazing!! may i know where you got your pop molds from?
Thank you!! I just got them on Amazon. Here is the link.
Whoa – crazy awesome indeed! Delicious looking!
Thank you so much!! 🙂
These are SO gorgious, these pictures!!!
Can I ask you what you use for background/backdrop here?
Do you have tips to make something similar with that raw concrete look?
Hi Susanne!! That is a slab of soapstone, but you can try searching concrete photography boards on google. There are lots of place where you ca buy boards similar to this! Hope that helps! 🙂
Still catching my breath from these photos, Tieghan. That last shot of the lone, half-eaten pop. I’m in LOVE!!
Thank you so much, Todd!! Hope you had a great weekend!
These look too good to be true! Are you sure they are? 😉 (I’m trying them out this weekend!)
Haha! Thanks Joanna! Hope you love them!!
These sound SO unbelievable, I know banana is one of the main ingredients, but any suggestions for someone who’s allergic?
Thanks Izzy!! You could try 1/2 an avocado and 1 ripe pear. I think either would work! 🙂 Hope you love them!
YUMMMYYY!!! I need to try making these. Thank you for all the great pics and recipe. Can’t wait to try and make them. Where can I get the pop mold that you use? Do they come out easily?
These are amazing! Please could you tell me where the popsicle sticks are from?
this is so beautiful and delicious!!! yumm
These popsicles look so delicious!! I’ve never mady my own popsicles as I have a very very teeny tiny freezer, but I might throw out some frozen spinach and the like to make room for these!
Good thing you found out about the flowers by the way!! They really can be so dangerous. You see a lot of people that use flowers for pictures (including me sometimes) that look sooo pretty, but personally I’m always a bit scared that some of my followers will do the same and accidentally eat them or something. So I switched to just using loose flowers around my plates etc in stead of really putting them on top of something.