Nice cream is one of my absolute favorite treats. It’s creamy, smooth, and JUST fruit and a little plant milk. There are so many combinations of flavors. Nice cream and smoothies makes nature’s vibrance of color and flavor really shine. If you need nice cream or popsicle ideas, I include my favorites in my cookbook Plant-Based Cooking for Kids.
My kids have been raised in Idaho their whole lives, so when it gets over 65 degrees they start to say, “I’m hot!” They take off their shirts like they just can’t stand one more layer trapping in heat on such a scorcher of a day, then they say, “Mom, we need to make popsicles.” And this happens when it’s just hovering close to 70 degrees, so just imagine the popsicle demands now that temps are in the 80’s and 90’s! So I turned nice cream into a kid-friendly popsicle and elevated it with a chocolate drizzle and peanuts, so it has that Monkey Tail feel.
Anyway, that’s why I have a lot of popsicle recipes, and many more to come. This mom right here needs them. And I find that popsicles are a great way to get unique and nutritious ingredients into my kids with gusto and joy.
I try to keep saturated fat content in check, but coconut milk gives popsicles the creamiest texture and bite! So I compromise and use half coconut milk with another milk. Feel free to use all coconut milk for a richer treat. I use canned full-fat coconut milk.
If you can’t eat peanuts, almond butter or any other nut butter would be equally delicious here.
For more banana recipes, check these out!
Chocolate-drizzled, creamy, healthy!
- 2 small ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup coconut milk (light or full fat)
- 1/4 cup soy milk (or more coconut milk is fine)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
- 1 TBSP coconut milk or 1 teaspoon coconut oil (optional--makes chocolate easier to drizzle and not be so hard frozen)
- for topping: chopped peanuts or other nuts, or shredded coconut
Blend bananas, peanut butter, milks, vanilla and salt together. Pour into 4 or 5 popsicle molds.
Once frozen, melt chocolate chips and optional coconut milk or oil by microwaving for 30 seconds, and stirring. Remove the popsicles from their mold, and use a spoon to drizzle chocolate over them. It's hard to get the back so it's mostly a one-sided thing. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts, other nuts, or shredded coconut.
Enjoy immediately, or put back on a plate in the freezer and freeze for future eating.