Chocolate Covered Banana Pops for a Healthy Vegan Treat

Chocolate Covered Banana Pops

I have a little confession…

I do not know about you, but when it comes to all of the birthday parties and food-centered kid activities that seem to be on our social calendars these days, I am actually grateful for our family’s need to eat gluten-free and dairy-free.

It seems that all of these events are usually full of sugar-laden, food-dye-riddled, processed foods. But, because of our dietary needs…

It means that I get to pack and tote the treats that my kids will be eating.  It means they will not have a total sugar crash an hour after the party is over.  It means they might even eat something healthy at a party (gasp).

It also means I need to keep a well-stocked freezer at all times.

I typically keep a stash of homemade allergy-friendly un-frosted cupcakes in the freezer. Right before a party, we will pull out a couple. The boys will frost their own cupcakes and then they each decorate them with the natural Let’s Do… Organic Sprinklez.

But I discovered a new treat a while ago that my boys have now decided are even more fun to bring to parties..especially because I usually let them each bring three.

Chocolate Covered Banana “Cake” Pops – just minus the actual cake part.

These look just like a cake pop, but instead of cake in the center, it is a banana piece.  Even better, by using a Vegan Chocolate Bar for the chocolate covering, these are Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free, and Vegan!

And the kids can still decorate them.

And while a chocolate-covered banana is nothing new to the food scene, it is a perfect allergy-friendly Vegan treat to tote along to those parties.

You can make them look just like cake pops in one tenth of the time (using only three ingredients) and your kids will think they are getting a fun treat.

The bonus? You can feel good knowing they are getting a little punch of potassium from the banana and some antioxidants from that dark chocolate. ;)

Almost Cake Pops

Chocolate Covered Banana Pops

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free

Ingredients:

3 – 4 Bananas (Cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces)

2   3.5 ounce Bars Allergy-Friendly Semi-Sweet or Dark Chocolate, such as SunSpire Fair Trade Organic 65% Cacao Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar ** See Chocolate Note At Bottom

Assortment of Sprinkles – such as Let’s Do… Organic Sprinklez - place in small bowls for dipping chocolate covered banana tops into

6-inch wooden bamboo skewers or cake pop sticks (for 4 bananas, you will need about 20 – 24 sticks)

Directions:

1. Place the pointed end of a wooden skewer, or your cake pop stick, into the center of each banana piece.

2. Place banana pieces on a piece of parchment paper on a plate and freeze for about 2 hours, or overnight.

3. Place chocolate in medium heat-proof glass bowl and place bowl over pot of simmering water.  Make sure bowl fits snugly on pot and that bottom of bowl does not touch water inside – just rests on lip of pot.  Stir chocolate constantly with rubber spatula until melted, shiny and smooth. Do NOT allow any water to get into chocolate – chocolate will seize immediately!

4.  Remove banana pieces from freezer. Use a spoon to pour chocolate evenly over each banana piece. DO NOT dip banana into chocolate. This will cause your melted chocolate in bowl to harden. Using back of spoon, spin banana piece while smoothing chocolate.  Make sure to cover the top of the banana.

5.  Before chocolate hardens, dip just the tops of the covered banana pieces into your bowl of sprinkles. Then place on parchment paper. Once all bananas are dipped, place back into freezer to harden.  Store in container in freezer until ready to use.

**For more information on Organic Dark Chocolate, see what Jenny, of Nourished Kitchen, has to say in a recent post about the Love of Organic Dark Chocolate.


 

Kim Maes is the creator of the Cook It Allergy Free iPhone and iPad Apps, which customize recipes to meet multiple food allergy needs. She also writes the recipe blog Cook It Allergy Free, where she shares her passion for teaching others how easy and delicious it can be to eat whole, pure allergy-friendly meals that the entire family will enjoy. Kim went back to receive a Master’s Degree in Holistic Nutrition after her son and her husband were diagnosed with Celiac Disease and other food sensitivities.

22 Responses to Chocolate Covered Banana Pops for a Healthy Vegan Treat

  • This sounds easy that even I could do it, even though melting chocolate stuff tends to intimidate me. They’re so cute, and sound delicious. I guess I’m still sort of a kid….

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  • Abby says:

    Hi!

    This is a great recipe and my daughter will love it! I wanted to check and see if you know if its soy-free too? My daughter can not have dairy, gluten, soy, or eggs right now (blerg!) so I wanted to check.

    thanks, I love you site btw.

    abby

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    Kim-Cook It Allergy Free Reply:

    @Abby, Abby, if you use Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips for your chocolate, they are soy-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free!! Perfect for your daughter! :)

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  • Kim Maes says:

    @Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free, @Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free, Pat, I used to totally be intimidated by melting chocolate too. But, it really is so easy! As long as no water gets in to the melting chocolate, you are golden!

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  • Vicky says:

    Cute! I wonder if we can buy more healthy sprinkles in the UK!

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    Kim Maes Reply:

    @Vicky, I am not sure if they are available, but you could also dip them in shredded coconut for a pretty (and healthy) version too! :)

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    Vicky Reply:

    That’s a good idea! I’ve had a look but on line but with no success!

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    Vicky Reply:

    Hope you can understand lol – no organic sprinkles in the UK :(

  • Kathryn says:

    These are really beautiful – I actually cringed when I saw the bright sprinkles thinking they were artificially colored and recommend Let’s Do Organic Sprinkles as we are dye allergic. My favorite frozen banana shop made them fresh and the chocolate set up pretty quickly so I’m thinking this could be a fun make your own dessert idea, too. Might try this one over the weekend. Thanks for the idea!

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    Kim Maes Reply:

    Kathryn, these really are such an easy treat to throw together. I always keep a bunch in the freezer for a grab-and-go treat. And we do not do dyes in our house either, so the Let’s Do Sprinklez are really a good option for a dye-free option! ;)

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    Cindy Reply:

    Hi, these look very good. I am vegan and want to stay away from the dyes in sprinkles also. Also, I have trouble finding sprinkles that do not have confectioner’s glaze in them as that product is an animal derivative. I use the Let’s Do Organic sprinkles. But, I only seen them in chocolate and very pale colors. The sprinkles in the picture are nice and colorful and are different shapes. Do Let’s Do Organic make those or are they another brand. Thanks so much.

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  • Amber says:

    These are ADORABLE! So simple. I love the no-fuss factor. These would be a crowd pleaser at any party. My daughter is turning 6 in a few months and these WILL be there, but not for long I am sure. Thank you. thank you!!!

    Be Well,
    –Amber

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    Kim Maes Reply:

    @Amber, Yay, Amber! So glad you like them. I am all about no-fuss factors these days with a 7 and 5 year old running around. LOL Hope you and your daughter have fun making these! ;)

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  • Kim says:

    Great idea and they look amazing!!!

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    Kim Maes Reply:

    @Kim, Thanks Kim. ;)

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  • Kim,
    I love your photo! Dressing your frozen bananas with sticks and sprinkles elevates them to a whole new level! Great idea!

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    Kim Maes Reply:

    @Kim @ Welcoming Kitchen, Thanks so much, Kim. Chocolate covered bananas are nothing new, but it makes them look just a little cooler in the eyes of the kids. LOL ;)

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  • Ricki says:

    I love this idea–they are so pretty, too! And I can’t believe those vibrantly colored sprinkles are actually dye-free–amazing! Great idea. :)

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    Kim Maes Reply:

    @Ricki, Thanks, Ricki! I think my photo editing made the colors quite a bit brighter. i do not think they look quite so bright in person. LOL

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  • Kim!
    These look absolutely AMAZING!
    I am so excited to try these vegan treats! Thanks for sharing.

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    Kim Maes Reply:

    @Tess Masters @theblendergirl, Thanks, Tess!! Makes me feel a little better about all of the birthday parties my kids get invited to. At least I get to give them a somewhat healthier treat than what is usually being served… ;)

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    Tess Masters @theblendergirl Reply:

    @Kim Maes, Yes! I agree! I am going to make these with my niece when I go back to Australia in June! YUMMO!

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