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Fun dessert recipe for summertime sweet cravings! By Guest blogger, Celina Archambault

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BANANA POPS!
Recipe by Celina Archambault, RHN.
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This weather has been amazing! Itʼs a great time to be social with friends and family
and why not enjoy it over tasty food?! Hereʼs a great evening dessert to be enjoyed with
loved ones on a warm summer evening. Introducing Banana Pops! Make these with the
kids and enjoy them together.

Total cost of ingredients: $8.00 (Making the popsicles to come out to 80 cents each)
Labour time: 15 minutes

Banana Pops!

Ingredients:

• Plantains or bananas (If you canʼt find plantains, you can use bananas but I
recommend cutting the bananas in half to be able to make double the popsicles. I
would also recommend buying ripe bananas rather than green/unripe bananas for
sweetness and texture.
• Chocolate bar of your choice- I prefer to use a good quality dark chocolate for itʼs
antioxidants and magnesium content. A bonus would be if itʼs made with raw cacao in
the ingredients. The better quality chocolate bars are higher priced than the poor
quality chocolate bars. (This is for the cost of good quality ingredients) I would advise
you to indulge in an upgrade when choosing your chocolate 🙂
• Unsweetened coconut flakes
• Crushed nuts or your choice-Good recommendations for nuts are almonds,
hazelnuts, or cashews.
• Chia seeds (preferably ground to better absorb the nutrients)
• Coconut oil
• Popsicle or shish kebob sticks-sticks with a pointy tip will be easier to work with.

Directions:
1) In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate on a very low temperature with a scoop of
coconut oil. The reason for the coconut oil is so that you donʼt burn the chocolate in
the pan, as well as to stretch out the expensive chocolate. You can add more or less
coconut oil to get the chocolate consistency you desire. Tip: Be careful not to burn
the chocolate, as it can easily over heat… once itʼs melted, remove it from the
burner.
2) While the chocolate is melting, peel the bananas and insert the sticks.
3) In a large plate, mix the coconut flakes, ground chia seeds, and sliced nuts and
spread the mixture flat towards the center of the plate
4) Once the chocolate mixture has melted, dip a banana in the chocolate, and then drag
the stick over the coconut mixture till fully saturated. Place on a dish that you can
place in the freezer
5) Once all the bananas have been prepared, pour any left over chocolate over the
plated bananas and sprinkle remaining coconut mixture. Freeze over night

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