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With the arrival of July, the heat is only getting worse outside! This is why I am excited to share this refreshing Popsicle recipe. I went for a classic flavor - chocolate and banana! YUM.
Additionally, this recipe is vegan and very simple and quick to make. The only thing that takes time is waiting for the popsicles to freeze.
All you need are four ingredients and you can enjoy these delicious popsicles when the heat gets to be too much. Bananas, cocoa powder, soy milk, and maple syrup are the four ingredients. The bananas need to be ripe and ready to eat, don’t use green bananas. The milk can be any non-dairy milk you like to use. I had soy milk so I used it. If you use regular dairy milk then the recipe won't be vegan anymore but still delicious. The quantity of maple syrup is 1/3 cup, don’t forget that the cocoa powder adds a bitter taste and when you freeze it, the flavor fades a little too. Taste the batter after mixing it to determine whether you want more or less of the maple syrup, it’s really up to you.
This recipe can work as a morning smoothie too, just mix and pour into a bowl. While whipping up the batter I couldn’t resist trying it as a smoothie and it was so good! In general, any smoothie can work as a Popsicle and vice versa. Give it a try with your favorite smoothie recipe or your favorite Popsicle recipe and thank me later!
To garnish the popsicles, I sliced one of the bananas and placed it on the bottom of the mold before adding the Popsicle batter. If you want the banana garnish to be seen then make sure to stick it to the side of the mold. It might still move but it's also nice as a surprise in the middle of the Popsicle as well. The rest of the sliced banana I added to the Popsicle batter. You can garnish with other fruits too if you want (like raspberries for example), or dip the frozen popsicles in melted chocolate to have double chocolate Popsicles. You can add more garnish (like desiccated coconut) while the chocolate cover is still wet. Be creative!
The Popsicle silicon molds I used are considered mini popsicles, but any mold will work.
If you don’t own any Popsicle molds, you can make this in disposable cups. If you don’t have Popsicle sticks, just use teaspoons instead. Don’t let anything stop you from making these popsicles!!
Since the recipe is vegan it can be your weekend dessert too. You can make it ahead of time and take it out of the freezer at the end of the meal. I am sure everyone will be happy with it.
Recipe yields approximately 18 small popsicles - depending on the size of your mold.
For more no-bake desserts, check out my no bake roundup page, and for other smoothie recipes check out my breakfast recipe index.
Here is the recipe for these refreshing vegan chocolate banana pops: