Indy Power: Time to go bananas with this healthy version of ice pops
Summer is the perfect opportunity to 'have a pop', so try my healthy version.
These are the easiest summer treat and they're so delicious. Change it up with whatever toppings you like; my favourites are roasted nuts and desiccated coconut.
Makes 6. Gluten-free & vegan
3 large bananas
100g dark chocolate
Optional toppings: desiccated coconut, roasted chopped nuts, cacao nibs...
1. Peel and chop the bananas in half. Stick a popsicle stick into each half and pop them in the freezer for about an hour.
2. Melt the chocolate and get all of your toppings ready - once the chocolate is on the bananas, they set really quickly so you need to be ready to go with the toppings.
3. Dip the bananas in the chocolate (use a spoon to coat all around) for a thin layer, then sprinkle on your toppings.
4. Lay them out on the chopping board and pop them back in the freezer for a few minutes until set.
5. You can keep them in the freezer until needed -enjoy!
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You can use this same idea with other fruit as well. Thread strawberries and pineapple chunks onto the popsicle sticks like kebabs and then add your chocolate and toppings. Any piece of fruit big enough to thread on to a popsicle stick works - so get creative!
Whenever you see bananas on the turn, peel them and pop them in the freezer. This recipe is just one way to use them up. They're the best thing to add to smoothies for gorgeous sweetness and flavour, and you can turn them into loads of different treats.
If you're looking for a healthy ice-cream alternative, add three frozen bananas to your blender or food processor with 2 tablespoons of nut butter and blend until smooth - you can have it soft serve like this or pop it back in the freezer for a few hours.
Add in other things such as cacao powder or berries when blending to change the flavour. Alternatively, stir in roasted nuts, cacao nibs or granola clusters as chunks.
Stainless steel lunchboxes! I've been trying to cut down on the plastic I'm using lately (buying loose fruit and veg whenever I can, using reusable shopping bags, water bottles, cups, etc) and that means I've been cutting out clingfilm and Ziploc bags and needing a lot more containers. I've used stainless steel ones for years: they are the best and totally indestructible. I got mine in Package Free Store in New York, but I'm so excited that The Sustainable Store (Instagram: @thesustainablestore) just opened in Dublin's Blackrock Market and sells all kinds of plastic-free goodies, including all the lunchboxes you'll ever need.