Chocolate Cravings: Dreamy-Creamy Chocolate-Banana Chia Popsicles

Chocolate Chia seed popsicles

I have these popsicles to thank for my kids’ growing interest in chia seeds and their strange jelly-like properties.

When that old chocolate craving hits lately we’ve been diving into these cool dreamy-creamy chocolate-banana popsicles. I’ve always liked the idea of homemade popsicles, but somehow they’re always a bit icy and never quite get that luxurious consistency I’m after. Well we’ve done it! We’ve finally landed on what is, at least for my family, the ultimate popsicle! These get extra bonus points because the flavor reminds us of the frozen chocolate bananas you get at the county fair or at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. 

The chia seeds are, I think, the magic ingredient here. When you soak these little guys in water they absorb it like crazy, forming a jiggly gel which contributes to the ideal pudding-like texture. Next we added bananas both for flavor but because they also stay nice and creamy when frozen. And the rest comes together with some basic ingredients most of us have around the house: cocoa powder, a bit of melted chocolate, the milk of your choice (cow, coconut or almond), your favorite sweetener, some vanilla extra and just a pinch of salt. Easy peasy.

If you have any chocolate-banana lovers in the house, you really, really need to make these!

Dreamy-Creamy Chocolate Banana Chia Seed Popsicles

adapted from this recipe from “The Food Network”

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups milk (your choice: 2% cow, coconut, or almond)
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 2 medium bananas, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons your favorite liquid sweetener (honey, maple syrup, agave)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
    Special equipment: four 3- to 4-ounce ice pop molds

Method

  1. Warm chocolate and milk in the microwave until chocolate is melted.
  2. Transfer warm chocolate mixture to a blender along with the bananas, cocoa powder, sweetener, vanilla extract and salt. Blend until well combined.
  3. Pour into a container and add the chia seeds and let mixture sit for 1 hour.
  4. Fill your popsicle molds with the chocolate mixture and freeze until solid (6-8 hours or overnight). To un-mold, run a bit of hot water over the popsicle mold until it releases. Enjoy!

 

 

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