Is it the heat, or is it the humidity? Who cares? It’s Summer, and we love every minute of it. Even when we are seeking shelter in the air conditioning, we get to revel in the best summery foods. And that includes easy, homemade frozen Peanut Butter Pops. With chocolate drizzle, of course.
Around my house, a popsicle is the treat of the moment. Fruit-juice pops are perfectly refreshing, when you are reading a book or watching Netflix in the evening. Light, sweet, and cold, it’s hard to keep it to one a day.
So I like to make my own variations. This one is a little bit more like a meal, with peanut butter, non-dairy or dairy yogurt, and just a little sugar. A banana adds a sweet, fruity flavor. The protein in the pop makes these a little more like a mini-smoothie on a stick.
All you need is a blender and room in the freezer. I used small paper cups and wooden sticks, and just put them on a sheet pan in the freezer. Once they were solid, I quickly drizzled them with melted dark chocolate and put them back in the freezer. I used a bar of Equal Exchange Very Dark Chocolate, for a really deep chocolate hit. Once they were nice and firm again, I transferred them to a zip-top freezer bag. Easy.
Of course, you can use popsicle molds, too. They come in a plethora of shapes these days, and if you are really into it, you can get models that freeze your pops outside the freezer for an instant hit. The standard size for popsicles holds about 1/4 cup, but when you get into all the different shapes, all bets are off.
Like everything else, your frozen treats are better when you make them yourself. Use your fave yogurt and really good chocolate, and you already have all the store-bought versions beat by a mile.
Seize the summer and enjoy your peanut butter pops!
Peanut Butter Pops with Chocolate Drizzle
- 1 cup yogurt non-dairy, or your choice
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup organic sugar
- 2 medium ripe bananas peeled
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 8 paper cups
- 8 popsicle sticks
- 3 ounces dark chocolate melted and cooled
- Place the yogurt, peanut butter, sugar, bananas and vanilla in the blender and blend until very creamy.
- Place paper cups or popsicle molds on a sheet tray, and make room in the freezer. Pour 1/4 cup of the mixture into each cup, and place the tray in the freezer for about an hour before inserting the sticks, so they will not fall over. Freeze until solid.
- Remove the paper cups or unmold the popsicles from their molds. Place on parchment and drizzle with melted chocolate, and re-freeze. When solid, transfer to an airtight container and keep in the freezer for up to a week.