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Crunchy Banana Pops

couldn’t resist a bite

They might not have the most exciting name and they certainly aren’t going to be found on the dessert menus at any gourmet restaurants, but Crunchy Banana Pops are a fantastic summertime treat. These pops are made with frozen bananas that are coated in honey and rolled in puffed rice (a.k.a. Rice Krispies). The original recipe came from one of the first cookbooks I ever had and was in instant hit because it was something that I could make all by myself. In fact, this is a perfect recipe for kids or those who are looking for an extremely simple, but cool, snack.

Frozen bananas may not sound like much of a treat when you think about rich ice creams and decadent gelatos, but as they defrost them become just about as creamy as either – and significantly healthier for you. The honey is poured onto the frozen bananas and solidifies quickly, leaving a sweet and sticky, but not runny, outer coat. The puffed rice adds enough crunch to contrast perfectly with the creamy banana, making the treat perfectly balanced – although a drizzle of melted chocolate isn’t necessarily a bad idea either.

Start with ripe, but not overripe, bananas and plan at least an hour in advance so they have time to freeze. Once assembled, the banana pops can be eaten right away or put back into the freezer for storage for several days.

assembly line

Crunchy Banana Pops
2 large bananas
puffed rice/rice krispies
popsicle sticks

Peel bananas and cut them in half. Insert popsicle sticks into cut ends of the bananas. Place on wax paper and freeze until firm, at least 1 hour.
Coat frozen bananas with honey and roll in puffed rice. Eat immediately, or freeze until ready to serve. Finish with chocolate drizzle, if desired.

frozen bananas

honey coating

final coating

pop with chocolate drizzle

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  • Christina
    May 18, 2007

    Those are just great! I had a dessert tonight of mashed frozen bananas and other ingredients and now I’m glad to know of another use.

  • I have some bananas and crispy brown rice cereal right now that deserve this treatment!

  • Claire
    May 18, 2007

    I love frozen bananas and these are such HEALTHY treats! We always tell parents that if they tell their kids that bananas are treats, they’ll believe them! Freezing fruit just makes it that much better!

  • keana
    May 19, 2007

    great summertime idea, quick & easy for us moms, thanks. they remind me of those choc. covered frozen bananas I used to get at Dairy Queen when I was younger.

  • Janet
    May 19, 2007

    Wonderful idea – I can only imagine how good that is with the crunchy rice krispies. I make a similar treat where I coat the banana in vanilla yoghurt and then roll it in graham cracker crumbs.

  • Melisser
    June 1, 2007

    These are genius! I can’t wait to make them!

  • Jim
    July 23, 2007

    Great stuff. As a 62 year old bachelor, I’ve found something simple but sounds delicious.
    I don’t have to chase women anymore 🙂

  • Diane Drinkwater
    July 24, 2007

    Amazing! They look so yummy. I’m off to raid the cupboards and make some frozen banana treats. I normally just blend them frozen with milk to make a yummy icecream but will try this lolly method now.

    I like the idea of dipping them in white chocolate but that sounds ever so slightly naughty.

  • jennifer
    August 27, 2007

    Those look so yummo and i think that i could even make them!!

  • rowsew
    August 6, 2008

    I made these today, with great success, but have one modification. My ice lolly sticks are flat and quite wide, and when I put one into my first peeled banana half, the banana started splitting quite a lot … so for the other ones, I left the skins on while I was putting in the sticks, and took it off after – they didn’t split and held much better to the stick once they were frozen. Apart from this, they were easy to make, and delicious to eat. My toddlers loved them – Thank you!

  • mike
    April 5, 2009

    Just deep-fry them, and I’m so there…

  • machel
    July 21, 2009

    Great stuff,
    I can only imagine how good that is with the crunchy rice krispies.

  • machel
    July 21, 2009

    Great stuff,

    I can only imagine how good that is with the crunchy rice krispies.

    Those look so yummo and i think that i could even make them

  • one touch
    September 17, 2009

    Wow, that looks absolutely delicious! Great post, you did such a nice job presenting the pictures too…I am definitely going to have to try that recipe this weekend!

  • luciousbenrys
    August 19, 2010

    Wow that really yummy, my son don’t like eating banana’s maybe I can use this recipe to my son. Thanks.

  • caroline
    July 7, 2011

    these look so yummy and tasty!The best thing is that they are also healthy!

  • Kirsten @ Green Global Travel
    February 19, 2014

    This is a creative and healthy alternative to ice cream! I like.

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