If scouring the Internet for healthy desserts is your favourite pastime, let us save you the hours. Our friend and nutritionist, Sally O’Neil aka The Fit Foodie has shared one of her easiest and healthiest but most satisfying recipes, the choc banana pops.
“I’ve heard way too many people say they’re scared of eating bananas because they’re full of carbs and sugar that will make them fat. You only have to Google The Banana Girl to know that’s not true (though I don’t personally recommend eating 30 bananas a day).
Eat a banana and say hello to nutrients, antioxidants and resistant starch that fills you up without filling you out. The riper the banana the more sugar it contains, so unless you need a hit of glycogen post-workout, go for ones that are yellow and unblemished. Freeze them, cover them in yummy stuff, and you’ve got one hella-good snack.”
– Sally O’Neil from LOVE MOVE EAT
You may have seen these cute fruit skewers plastered across your Instagram feed. Well, guess what, they taste as good as they look. Here’s how to make them.
Frozen Choc Banana Pops
prep time 10 minutes (plus freezing)
1 cup 90% dark chocolate or leftover basic raw chocolate (see page 205)
1 tablespoon tahini (optional)
topping ideas: ½ cup chopped nuts (such as hazelnuts, pistachios), shredded coconut, rose petals, cacao nibs, caramel sauce (recipe in LOVE MOVE EAT), tahini, orange rind, matcha green tea powder, bee pollen
- Line a baking tray or large plate with baking paper.
- Peel the bananas and cut them in half widthwise.
- Push a popsicle stick into each banana half from the flat cut side.
- Melt the chocolate however you like, then dip in the bananas or drizzle the chocolate over the bananas.
- Sprinkle each banana pop with your fave topping idea so that they stick to the chocolate.
- Place the pops on the baking paper, then drizzle with tahini (if using).
- Freeze for at least 3 hours before serving.
- Workout buddy Bananas protect against muscle cramps during workouts by fuelling your body with potassium. Eat one before a sweat sesh for a hit of energy.