Chocolate Banana Pops

Chocolate Banana Pops

Chocolate Banana Pops

So last night we played “soccer” for the first time. It was super cute. We used their Thomas the Tank engine ball as a ball and the four of us kicked around the ball back and forth. The kids actually did a pretty good job of kicking the ball far and relatively straight. In the middle of the field was my toddler guy. He kept running after the ball and waving his hands so sometimes we would kick the ball to him. Then he would happily grab the ball and carry it to a specially chosen family member. Because of this we decided he was the ref in the game. Only my older son, because he doesn’t know the word ref thought we were calling him the “Ralph” in the game. So he was shouting (as my baby left to wander off) “the Ralph is off the field.” He thought this was hysterically funny. “He’s out of the game and up the block! Someone get that Ralph a whistle.” That Ralph. I think from now on our family’s games will always have a “Ralph”.

Where is this leading you ask? Well after we played we were tired of course so I whipped my latest experiment out of the freezer. These are a take on frozen bananas dipped in chocolate, only my bananas were overripe so they wouldn’t have worked for frozen bananas. Instead I made puree and goosed it a bit with some sugar (it’s still better than ice cream!) Then I added the mandatory chocolate on top. These are even better than banana pops (added sugar will do that for you). Now one other question you might be asking… why are my pops not pop shaped? Ah well, you see like most families with a young toddler of a certain age and temperament we have a special drawer in the kitchen that is my littlest’s to play in. It has the usual assortment of wooden spoons, plastic bowls and our ice pop molds because honestly, we don’t make all that many ice pops. However because of that I now ~blush~ can’t find all of the pieces to my ice pop mold. I think they’ve walked off to become toys in some way. Thus I used a mini canning jar for my mold. The pops were still delicious, perhaps so much so that I might invest in a new ice pop mold. This time though, I’ll keep the pieces together.

Serves 4

Kid Friendly Tasks: Banana masher

Ingredients

  • 1 c pureed banana, very ripe
  •  ¼ c cream
  •  ¼ c sugar
  •  Pinch salt

For chocolate topping

  • 1/2c chocolate chips
  •  1 tbsp cream
  •  1 tbsp corn syrup
  •  Pinch salt
  •  ¼ tsp vanilla

Directions

  1. Mix banana, cream, sugar and salt. Freeze in the pop mold of your choice.
  2. Heat chocolate chips, cream, corn syrup, salt and vanilla for 20 seconds in the microwave. Stir. If the chocolate is lumpy zap for an additional 10 seconds. Once you unmold your pops, pour chocolate sauce over top.
Chocolate Banana Pops

Chocolate Banana Pops

 

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