SuperFood Banana Pops

SuperFood Banana Pops
Recipe by Julia & Libby

If you live in New Zealand, chances are you’ve heard of the gorgeous duo Julia and Libby. These two sisters describe themselves as “lovers of everything that nourishes the body and soul.” They believe that beauty starts from within and food can be used as medicine in order to keep us healthy. Julia and Libby have agreed to share one of their nourishing treats with us. This recipe is simple to make, delicious and good for you - a winner in our mind!


 

SUPERFOOD BANANA POPS

INGREDIENTS

4 or 5 bananas – chop in half and cut off the sides to make into more of a square shape (see picture)
8x sticks (use ice block sticks or skewers, you need something stronger than a tooth pick as the bananas can be quite heavy)

VEGAN CHOCOLATE DIP
1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup cacao powder
1/4 cup coconut sugar

SUPERFOOD TOPPINGS
Choose any of the following, you need 1 cup worth.

Cranberries
Dried currants
Goji berries
Cacao Nibs
Almond flakes
Walnuts
Macadamia nuts
Hazelnuts
Lucuma powder
Cupuacu powder
Maqui berry powder
Acai berry powder

METHOD

  1. Cut bananas in half and skewer with a wooden stick.  Place bananas onto non-stick paper on a baking tray and put into the freezer.
  2. If you're making a fruit and nut topping, place dried fruit, nuts and seeds into a blender or food processor and gently pulse until you have smaller pieces.  Place into a bowl.
  3. If you are making the vegan chocolate dip gently melt coconut oil in a pan over a low heat on stove top, take off heat and stir in cacao powder and the sweetener.  Put the chocolate dip onto a plate so it makes it easy to roll the bananas in.
  4. Take bananas out of the freezer – roll each banana in the chocolate dip and place back on baking tray.  Sprinkle with the nut topping or with your choice of superfoods.  Repeat with each banana and then place back into the freezer until chocolate has hardened.

These can be stored in the freezer or fridge.  If you don’t want the bananas to be rock hard take them out after a few hours in the freezer and leave them to soften slightly in the fridge.