I’ve never had a Banoffee Pie, but it sounds like something I’d enjoy. It’s a sweet British pie filled with bananas, cream, caramel sauce, and sometimes chocolate. I guess a more common term would be simply: a banana cream pie. Not so healthy, but it sounds so tasty, doesn’t it?
I’m not sure why I thought to make banoffee-inspired popsicles. Maybe because I just bought a popsicle mold (!) and I was really excited. Or maybe because it’s the first official week of summer and instead of baking a sweet, unhealthy banana pie, I felt like making a cool, healthier popsicle version. These work out to about 240 calories per popsicle, but they taste insanely decadent! I have quite a few camping trips planned for this summer, meaning lots of bathing suit time, but I can eat these every night for dessert, feel completely satisfied, and still be able to fit in said bathing suit come August (I hope). Too good to be true.
Don’t worry, I haven’t turned into a crazy calorie counting machine. That would be the complete opposite of everything that I stand for (have you seen all my recipes? Finn, my lovely co-blogger you, you’re so lucky you don’t have a sweet tooth!) but curiosity got the best of me and I just had to know if these delicious dessert popsicles were, in fact, as healthy as they seemed when I threw together the recipe.
The majority of these popsicles are just bananas, greek yogurt, and some skim milk! I did add some dulce de leche for additional sweetness, dipped them in chocolate and rolled them in graham cracker crumbs because, well, why not? They look and taste fantastic.
So, for those of you like ME with a crazy sweet tooth, these will make you happy. For those of you without a sweet tooth, these will still make you happy. The banana makes the popsicle naturally sweet and the chocolate isn’t overpowering. You could omit the dipping step, but frozen bananas with a crunchy, chocolate coating tastes SO GOOD.
My mold makes 10 popsicles (I use this one), so depending on the size of yours you might have to adjust the recipe a bit. If you end up with leftover banana mix, my advice would be to store it in the fridge and use it in smoothies for the week. Or just save it until you can fill your mold up and make more popsicles! Don’t throw it out, because who knew frozen bananas, greek yogurt and milk would be so tasty (probably a lot of people, but this is so new and exciting for me).
|Skinny 'Banoffee' Popsicles|| |
- 3 bananas
- ½ cup dulce de leche
- ½ cup skim milk
- ¼ cup greek yogurt
- ½ tsp vanilla
- 6 oz dark chocolate, chopped
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- Blend together bananas, dulce de leche, milk, yogurt and vanilla until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 2 hours.
- Place a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water. Place ⅔ of the chocolate in bowl and heat, stirring constantly, until melted. Remove from heat, add the rest of the chocolate and stir until all the chocolate is melted. Stir coconut oil in the chocolate (this thins out the chocolate for a more even coating on the popsicles).
- Pour chocolate in a tall, narrow container (make sure the popsicles will fit) and graham crackers on a plate. Arrange popsicle molds, chocolate and graham crackers in a line. You'll have to work quickly to avoid the chocolate from hardening and the banana popsicles from melting.
- Remove a banana popsicle from the mold, dip in chocolate, then roll in graham crackers. Place on a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the popsicles and freeze for 30 minutes before eating.