Refined sugar-free and extra healthy, these popsicles are the easiest summer treat. Use peanut butter instead of tahini for a different flavor!
These tahini and chocolate fudge popsicles are everything you need for this summer and even more! They’re love at first sight. They’re pretty easy to make, they’re chocolaty and fudgy without any dreadful ice crystals ruining your indulgence, they’re very filling (due to the nut butter and banana) and healthy enough for every kid or grown up since they don’t contain any refined sugars or unhealthy fats. And you won’t even need popsicle molds to make them! 🙂
I don’t think there’s even one internet user left who isn’t familiar with the 1 ingredient banana ice cream. You know, the one where you freeze a few ripe bananas, throw them in the food processor and after a minute or two, you have a healthy, creamy and delicious ice cream. Of course, this is just a basic recipe so by now there have been plenty of variations in which you can add honey, vanilla, cocoa powder, milk, strawberries and lots more, just to make a dessert suitable for your needs. Today’s recipe was inspired by this ice cream, just because frozen ripe bananas offer a healthy, naturally sweet and soft base for the popsicles. To this base, I added a chocolate ganache (sort of), but not your everyday cream/chocolate ganache, but a healthier one made with dark chocolate, almond milk, and tahini.
The first time I photographed a frozen treat for the blog was this bee pollen golden milk no-churn ice cream. I had planned ahead and made it early in May, but as it turned out, the weather was extremely warm that weekend something that made me running to the freezer and back all day, in desperate attempts to salvage the texture of my very soft and creamy ice cream which was starting to melt after 3-4 minutes outside the fridge!
For these popsicles, I had the (false) expectations that they would remain intact a bit longer than 3-4 minutes because they were more firm and fudgy. Well… they didn’t, but the magic shell helped a little and all went OK at the end 🙂
Is tahini noticeable in these chocolate popsicles?
Yes and no…
Because chocolate has a strong flavor, tahini does not overpower its taste but gives it an extra nuttiness that goes really well with the rest of the ingredients. So what I mean is that it can be noticed but in a good way. If you don’t like tahini at all, you can always use peanut butter or any other nut butter instead.
And in case you’re searching for ways to use tahini in your recipes without it overpowering the rest of the ingredients, you should also check this eggless olive oil and tahini chocolate cake, where tahini lends a subtle nuttiness and tenderness to the cake making it pretty awesome.
Why is this recipe healthy?
Bananas contain several essential nutrients and have benefits for digestion, heart health, and weight loss. In addition, they are rich fiber and antioxidants.
Cocoa and dark chocolate can lower cholesterol levels in our body and prevent memory decline. Dark chocolate is also rich in fiber, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese and a few other minerals and antioxidants.
Tahini provides a healthy dose of plant-based protein, plus it is high in healthy fat, amino acids, and vitamin E, B1, B2, B3, B5, and B15. It helps regulate blood pressure and promotes healthy cell growth, among other things.
Honey provides energy, nutrients and it’s a natural sweetener and memory booster.
Use any other kind of nut butter instead of tahini.
Use maple syrup or agave nectar instead of honey if you’re vegan.
Olive oil contributes to a creamier texture while adding some extra monounsaturated fats.
Don’t throw away overripe bananas ever again! Peel, chop and freeze them. You’ll have them ready for the next time you want to make these popsicles!
Don’t have popsicle molds? Fill some paper espresso coffee cups and you’re set to go!
Don’t have popsicle sticks? Use colorful, ice cream plastic spoons instead!
For this recipe, you will not need an ice-cream machine, just a food processor or even a blender.
Optionally, you can dip popsicles in the magic shell and sprinkle some crushed roasted almonds on top.
- 3.5oz (100 grams) chopped dark chocolate, 55% cocoa at least
- ¼ cup tahini (or other nut butter)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup milk (can be almond, soy, or even cow’s milk for non-vegans)
- ¼ – ⅓ cups honey or maple syrup
- Pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1½ – 2 cups ripe bananas (about 4 large)
- 8 espresso paper cups (4 oz / 100 ml)
- 8 wooden sticks or small plastic spoons
- Optional: magic shell and crushed roasted almonds or pistachios
- Chop bananas and place in the freezer for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- In a small pot combine cocoa, cinnamon, salt, chocolate, tahini and olive oil. Place over medium heat and stir until chocolate is melted.
- Remove from heat and add honey, milk, and vanilla. Stir well until combined and homogenized.
- Cool in the fridge for four hours or overnight.
- Transfer bananas and chocolate mixture to a food processor and process well until creamy.
- Fill cups with the mixture, place sticks in the middle of each cup and freeze for at least 6 hours.
- To unmold, deep each cup into a bowl with hot water for 10-20 seconds.
Dip half a popsicle in a small bowl filled with magic shell and sprinkle with nuts. Wait 10-20 seconds to set.
It is best to unmold each popsicle just before eating, but you can also unmold them all together and store in the freezer in an airtight container.
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