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Healthy_Recipes > Heathy Chocolate Covered Banana Pops

One of my mother-in-law's favorite treats was frozen bananas from the Seaside Boardwalk! Here's a healthy make-over you can feel good serving your children.

  • 4 ounces- 100% cacao, unsweetened [I used one Ghirardelli baking bar]

  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3 tablespoons Lakanto and 3-5 packets of Better Stevia (powdered) - or you can use all stevia - just taste as you go along to be sure it's sweet enough for you

  • 4 medium bananas cut in half and 8 popsicle sticks

  • Any toppings you like: chopped nuts, toasted seeds, coconut

Melt the chocolate, vanilla extract and the oil over a pot of simmering water on the stove on low heat until completely melted. Stir in the stevia powder and/or Lakanto - be sure to stir and allow to fully become incorporated, smooth and shiny.  Don't forget to taste as you go to be sure the sweetness is right.

Pour the chocolate sauce into a tall glass. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Insert a Popsicle stick into each banana half. Put toppings of your choosing in a shallow bowl. Dip the banana half into the chocolate sauce, coating well. Dip the chocolate covered banana onto toppings of choice. Lay on baking sheet and freeze for about 30 minutes or until hardened. Serve and enjoy or wrap individually in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 2 weeks.  (*Be sure to remove from freezer and allow to soften before serving - they get really hard in the freezer!)

I had quite a bit of chocolate sauce left which I poured onto a silpat on a baking sheet.  I sprinkled the leftover toppings on it and popped it in the freezer with the bananas.  Once hardened I broke this healthy "bark" into pieces, stored in a container in the freezer for a future healthy snack!

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