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Chocolate Granola Banana Pops

A sweet, healthy treat that is fun to make and eat! Frozen bananas are dipped in chocolate, then rolled in crunchy, golden honey-almond granola.
Course Appetizers and Snacks, Desserts and Baked Delights
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 pops

Ingredients

For granola:

  • 2 cups rolled oats (500 ml)
  • 1/2 cup flaked almonds (125 ml)
  • 1/4 cup honey (60 ml)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (60 ml)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil (30 ml)
  • 1/4 tsp salt (1.5 ml)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla (2.5 ml)

For banana pops:

  • 4 large bananas
  • 8 wooden popsicle or craft sticks, or sturdy paper straws
  • 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (175 g)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil (15 ml)

Instructions

To make granola:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 °F.

  2. In a large bowl, stir together oats and almonds.
  3. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, stir together honey, brown sugar, 2 Tbsp coconut oil, salt and vanilla. Microwave for 30 seconds to liquify. Stir well. Pour warm honey mixture over oats and almonds, stirring until evenly coated.
  4. Spread oat mixture evenly onto a baking tray, preferably with sides, sprayed with cooking spray.
  5. Bake granola for 20 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes. (Watch carefully in the last 5 minutes.)
  6. Remove from oven and let cool completely before breaking up clusters with fingers or the back of a spoon.

To make banana pops:

  1. Peel bananas and cut in half. Insert a popsicle stick into the cut end of each. Place on a parchment lined tray and freeze for several hours, until firm.
  2. In a double boiler or glass bowl placed over simmering water, melt chocolate, stirring constantly until melted and smooth. Stir in 1 Tbsp coconut oil.
  3. Place 1 cup of granola in a shallow dish or plate.
  4. Working with one at a time, dip banana in chocolate (spoon over, if necessary), then immediately roll in granola. Return to freezer until chocolate sets.
  5. Pops can be stored in freezer up to one week. Remaining granola can be stored in an airtight container for up to three months.

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