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When he was younger, my son Will had an endearing little habit of filling his pockets with the many "treasures" he encountered in his daily adventures. I didn't always understand the value he saw in his chosen objects -- really, how many rocks and sticks could one boy keep? In his eyes, though, each one was beautiful and important. His habit got me thinking about how life is just like that on a larger scale; we gather up the precious bits of our many experiences and save them all to learn from and enjoy later. Perhaps you will find a little something here that you'd like to keep in your own pocket. Thanks for visiting!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Banana split freezer pops (gluten-free, vegan)

The boys were at home all day today because it was a P.A. Day at school.  In the midst of several very busy weeks, it was really nice to have a free afternoon to hang out with them by the pool and to hear them laughing and having fun together.   The weather was hot and felt very summery, and as is usual for this time of year, I was inspired to think of new ideas for frozen treats that I could make for everyone to enjoy cooling off with.

We sometimes like to make banana splits for dessert after dinner on summer days, using coconut milk ice cream with pineapple, strawberries, cherries, a drizzle of dark chocolate, and some chopped walnuts for toppings.  I figured why not do all of the prep work in advance and make banana split freezer pops that could be easily enjoyed when the weather called for them.  These pops are full of fresh fruit and have no added sugar (other than what is in the dark chocolate) -- they're a naturally sweet and delicious summer treat!

Banana Split Freezer Pops

2 ripe bananas
1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 cup coconut milk (I used Thai Kitchen brand)
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh or frozen strawberries
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh or frozen sweet cherries
1/3 cup chopped dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa)
a handful of walnuts, finely chopped

Place the two bananas, the pineapple chunks, and the coconut milk in a food processor and process on high speed, stopping once to scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary, until a smooth mixture forms.  Gently stir in the finely chopped strawberries and cherries.

Pour or spoon the mixture into popsicle molds (or into eight 5 oz. Dixie cups, as I did).  Place a popsicle stick in the centre of each mold, and set the molds in the freezer for several hours, or until the pops are frozen solid.

Once the pops are frozen, melt the dark choocolate in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring often.  Working quickly, remove the banana split pops from their molds, and drizzle dark chocolate over the top of each one with a spoon.  Sprinkle finely chopped walnuts over top of the chocolate immediately after drizzling it on each pop, before the chocolate hardens.  Return the finished pops to the freezer for a few minutes to allow chocolate to set completely.   Serve and enjoy!

Are you looking for some other cool (and healthy) treats to enjoy now that hot summery days have arrived?  You may also like these frosty fudge pops, or these frosty fruit pops in several different flavours.  Yum!

This post is linked to Gluten-Free Wednesdays.


  1. Lisa, these are awesome in every way! I just featured them on All Gluten-Free Desserts! :-)

    Thanks so much for this recipe!

    1. Thank YOU, Shirley! I'm so glad you wanted to share them with others -- I hope that your readers enjoy them as much as our family does! :)

  2. These look so yummy! I'm pinning them on my pinterest board (It's Primal Y'all) -- what a great cold treat for us down here in the south. Thanks! Sandy

    1. Thanks, Sandy! I'm so glad you stopped by, and I hope these frosty treats help keep your southern summer a little cooler! :)

  3. These look so yummy! I've pinned the recipe to use in the future... can't wait!

    1. Thank you, Anne! So nice to meet you here. I hope you enjoy the banana split pops when you make them! :)

  4. I think these are almost too good to be true!

  5. I apparently haven't had enough coffee yet this morning :)...once you drizzle the chocolate over the top, you return them to the dixie cups to set up? The chocolate will stay on the popsicle? seems common sense no longer kicks in before the third cup of Thanks, these look wonderful!

    1. Hi KatieDid. Don't worry -- I don't think it's your lack of coffee! I should have been a little more clear with that step. :) Once I drizzled the chocolate on the pops, I just set them carefully on a baking sheet to put them back in the freezer for the chocolate to set. (No need to return them to the dixie cups.) Hope that helps!