Banana Coconut and Chia Popsicles

Coconut banana popsicles (via abeautifulmess.com) Coconut banana chocolate popsicles It’s summer time, guys! That means bring on all the frozen treats, right? These popsicles are just that but with the added bonus of being EASY to make as well as pretty darn healthy.

Coconut banana popsicles Coconut banana popsicles These combine some of my favorite flavors and ingredients at the moment – toasted coconut, ripe bananas, chia seeds, and a little bit of dark chocolate. Mmmm. You better believe that after snapping the photos of this batch, I promptly ate one of these for an afternoon snack!

Ingredients for coconut banana chocolate popsiclesBanana Coconut and Chia Popsicles, makes 10-12 depending on your mold size

1 can (13.6 oz) coconut milk (full fat, unsweetened)
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon chia seeds
4 ripe bananas
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon maple syrup or brown sugar, optional*
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup toasted coconut flakes (unsweetened)

*The maple syrup or brown sugar truly is optional here. I made these without it as well, and I thought it was plenty sweet just from the bananas and then, of course, the chocolate. But if you want to sweeten them a little, feel free, especially if you are thinking about skipping the chocolate on the outside.

In a small mixing bowl, stir together the coconut milk, water, and chia seeds. Let that sit and thicken for 15-20 minutes. This is not enough seeds to make chia pudding, but the mixture will thicken some as the chia develop that gel coating around them as they soak. Appetizing term, right? Gel coating. 🙂

In a blender, combine 2 ripe bananas (peeled), vanilla extract, sweetener if using, and the coconut chia mixture. Blend for just a few seconds until smooth. Slice up the remaining two bananas and add them to your molds. Then, fill with the liquid. Freeze overnight.

Toasted coconut How to make coconut banana chocolate popsiclesNow for the fun part. While your mold is sitting out thawing a bit so it’s easy to slide the popsicles out, prep the outside coating. Toast the coconut flakes in a dry pan over medium heat. Use a heatproof rubber spatula to stir them, and remove them from the pan once they are toasted. Keep an eye on them, as they will toast quickly and you don’t want them to burn.

Next, in a microwave safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and olive oil. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between. After about a minute and half, the chocolate will be melted. You could also melt it in a double boiler on the stove if you don’t like to use or don’t own a microwave.

How to make coconut banana chocolate popsicles Remove the popsicles from their molds and place on a cutting board covered with wax paper that will fit in your freezer. If you have trouble getting them out, run the bottom of the molds under hot water for a minute to loosen them.

Drizzle on the melted chocolate and sprinkle with toasted coconut. Then, pop the whole thing into the freezer for 10-15 minutes until the chocolate hardens.

Coconut banana popsicles That’s it – easy, simple, light, delicious, and very refreshing. Make some popsicles before summer is over, guys – put it on your summer bucket list! xo. Emma

Banana Coconut and Chia Popsicles

 Popsicles made with toasted coconut, bananas, chia seeds, and dark chocolate

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword banana bread, chia, popsicles
Author Emma Chapman

Ingredients

  • 1 13.6 oz can coconut milk full fat, unsweetened
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 4 bananas ripe
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or brown sugar optional
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips dark
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup toasted coconut flakes unsweetened

Instructions

  1. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the coconut milk, water, and chia seeds. Let that sit and thicken for 15-20 minutes. This is not enough seeds to make chia pudding, but the mixture will thicken some as the chia develop that gel coating around them as they soak.

  2. In a blender, combine 2 ripe bananas (peeled), vanilla extract, sweetener if using, and the coconut chia mixture. Blend for just a few seconds until smooth. Slice up the remaining two bananas and add them to your molds. Then, fill with the liquid. Freeze overnight.

  3. While your mold is sitting out thawing a bit so it’s easy to slide the popsicles out, prep the outside coating.

    Toast the coconut flakes in a dry pan over medium heat. Use a heatproof rubber spatula to stir them, and remove them from the pan once they are toasted. Keep an eye on them, as they will toast quickly and you don’t want them to burn.

  4. Next, in a microwave safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and olive oil. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between.

    After about a minute and half, the chocolate will be melted. You could also melt it in a double boiler on the stove if you don’t like to use or don’t own a microwave.

  5. Remove the popsicles from their molds and place on a cutting board covered with wax paper that will fit in your freezer.

    If you have trouble getting them out, run the bottom of the molds under hot water for a minute to loosen them. Drizzle on the melted chocolate and sprinkle with toasted coconut.

    Then, pop the whole thing into the freezer for 10-15 minutes until the chocolate hardens.

Recipe Notes

The maple syrup or brown sugar truly is optional here. I made these without it as well, and I thought it was plenty sweet just from the bananas and then, of course, the chocolate. But if you want to sweeten them a little, feel free, especially if you are thinking about skipping the chocolate on the outside.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • Love recipes like this that are also a little on the healthier side! 🙂

  • i adore these popsicles and the photos! definitely have to make them – they are so perfect for the summer. x

  • I love banana, chocolate and coconut. what a combo and great idea! I will have to try this over the weekend for a summer treat!

  • These look incredible! I’m never the biggest fan of anything banana related, but I feel an exception for these. How long do they last in the freezer? I’m bound to make these soon! xx

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  • Yum! These look so good and easy to make! I love how light they are, yet I can tell they definitely aren’t lacking at all in flavor. Thanks for sharing!

    Keshia
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  • These look SO GOOD! Reminds me of one of my favorite summertime treats – banana “ice cream,” I’ll definitely be making those popsicles!

  • These look incredible – I would probably also go with the coconut and try stevia for a little added sweetness!

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  • These look great! I’m on a Popsicle high right now but I only have a little four pop mold, what mold did you use??

  • Yum! I need to try making these! My sister can’t have dairy, so I’m always looking for coconut recipes to make for her! 🙂
    -Lauren
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  • This looks super delicious, banana and coconut is a perfect combination!
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  • These look so freakin good. We’re obsessed with the sneaky added fiber from chia seeds right now, so we can’t wait to try them. Thanks a bajillion for sharing,

    xo,
    The Newsette
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  • I agree, I LOVE dark chocolate and coconut together. Total food soul mates.

    -Emma

  • You certainly could, you could use any cooking oil you prefer. We use mostly olive oil at our house so it’s what I have on hand most of the time. We sometimes use coconut oil or vegetable oil for other things though and I know both would work well with this. 🙂

    -Emma

  • This is awesome! Will try this one out!

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  • Yum! this looks so delicious =o) I love anything with chocolate and coconut =o)

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  • I wish it was actually warm enough to eat this in the UK atm…

  • Looks great! Can’t wait to try since I can’t have dairy. Why not try coconut oil to melt the chocolate instead of olive though?

  • These look amazing! I love having popsicles or smoothies as a sweet treat so I can’t wait to try them!

  • Emma congratulations, I have copied your recipe and made it on my own. Those Popsicle were fantastic. My kids eat it all in seconds. I am afraid to make it again because they eat it too quick. 🙂

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