These easy and healthy 6 ingredient banana popsicles are naturally sweetened with maple syrup and dipped in either a peanut butter or chocolate magic shell—the perfect frozen, refreshing Summer dessert.
The easiest homemade banana popsicles
These banana popsicles are the best refreshing, frozen Summer treat. I also love these lemonade popsicles and this blueberry peach sorbet, but I must admit that these banana pops are sneaking toward the top of my list. Everyone (kids, athletes, and adults) will love these sweet and creamy banana popsicles.
The best part about these banana popsicles is that you only need six ingredients to make them: bananas, yogurt, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and maple syrup. There is no refined sugar, no preservatives, and no artificial flavors. Plus, you can make them dairy-free and vegan with one ingredient swap.
Let’s not forget the magic shells! You can dip these banana popsicles in simple two-ingredient chocolate or peanut butter shells. So tasty!
Each popsicle only has 72 calories and 4 grams of protein, making them the perfect healthy and guilt-free dessert and snack. So as you can already tell, I am obsessed with these creamy, sweet banana popsicles. I cannot wait to hear your thoughts about this super easy recipe.
Why you’ll love this healthy recipe:
- Banana popsicles are creamy and sweet.
- You only need 6 ingredients.
- Refreshing and healthy frozen treat.
- 4 grams of protein per mini popsicle.
- Options to add a chocolate or peanut magic shell.
- No refined sugars!
- 72 calories per popsicle.
- Sweetened with maple syrup.
- No granulated white sugar in these popsicles.
- Gluten-free and healthy.
- Easily make them vegan.
- Try these refreshing lemonade popsicles next!
Ingredients needed & substitutions
Banana popsicles call for six simple ingredients. You need bananas, milk, yogurt, maple syrup, and vanilla. You probably have everything in your kitchen already. Here is a list of everything you need so you are prepared:
Healthy banana popsicles:
- Bananas: Grab spotty brown bananas for extra natural sweetness.
- Milk: I love oat milk or almond milk, but any type of milk works for these popsicles.
- Vanilla Yogurt or Skyr: This adds flavor and protein; plus, makes these banana popsicles so creamy. You can use dairy-free yogurt or plain yogurt too.
- Maple Syrup: For natural sweetness. There is NO refined sugar in these banana popsicles.
- Vanilla Extract: To help flavor the popsicles.
- Cinnamon: For that classic banana bread flavor.
- Optional Flavor: you can also add 2 tbsp peanut butter to the “batter” to make these peanut butter banana popsicles.
Peanut butter magic shell:
- Peanut Butter: I love this recipe because you can have fun and customize it. You can make a homemade peanut butter magic shell, just grab all-natural creamy peanut butter.
- Coconut Oil: To help make the melted peanut butter extra smooth for dipping.
Chocolate magic shell:
- Chocolate Chips: You’ll melt chocolate chips or a bar for the magic shell. Grab your favorite kind!
- Coconut Oil: To help make the melted chocolate extra smooth for dipping.
Kitchen tools required
Here is a list of kitchen utensils for making chocolate banana popsicles.
- Popsicle Mold
- High-Speed Blender
- Microwave-Safe Bowl
- Measuring Tools: 1/2 teaspoon, 1 Tablespoon, 1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup, and 1 cup.
How to make homemade banana popsicles
Banana popsicles are so easy to make in a few simple steps. They are rich, creamy, refreshing, refined-sugar-free, and perfect for Summer. Here are detailed step-by-step instructions with pictures for visual reference so any level baker can make them. The full recipe and ingredient measurements are in the recipe card’s bottom of this page.
First, add all ingredients to a high-speed blender: bananas, milk, yogurt, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. If you want them to have a peanut butter flavor, add 2 tbsp of creamy peanut butter too. Blend until smooth and creamy.
Next, evenly pour into popsicle molds and tap the filled popsicle molds on a kitchen counter to release any air pockets. Then, add the popsicle sticks. This recipe makes about 10 popsicles.
After that, freeze the banana popsicles overnight or for at least 5 hours.
Finally, make your peanut butter or chocolate magic shell. Do this by removing the frozen popsicles from the freezer and putting them on the countertop while you prepare the shell. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt the peanut butter (or chocolate) and coconut oil in 20-second intervals (it should be very smooth). Add it to a glass or keep it in the same bowl. Then, dip the tops of the popsicles into the melted peanut butter and decorate with crushed peanuts or a drizzle of chocolate.
Place them back on the lined baking sheet, repeat with the remaining popsicles, and freeze for another 30 minutes.
Banana popsicles recipe tips
- Blend your ingredients well. Ensure that the bananas are fully blended, and the popsicle mixture is smooth. No one wants chunky popsicles.
- Let them freeze for at least 5 hours. For best results, let the popsicles freeze overnight.
- Flavor your banana popsicles. Feel free to add peanut butter or cinnamon to the blender to flavor the banana pops. You can also add mini chocolate chips to the molds before freezing to make the banana popsicles extra chocolatey.
- Add a chocolate or peanut butter magic shell. I love chocolate banana popsicles and peanut butter banana popsicles! Feel free to dip your frozen popsicles in melted chocolate for a fun, homemade magic shell. I left instructions in the recipe card.
- Add banana slices to the popsicles. Have fun with these homemade banana popsicles; feel free to add a few banana slices to the popsicle molds before pouring in the mixture.
- Use any kind of popsicle mold. I love this mini popsicle mold, but you can use any shape or size. If you use a bigger one, give the popsicles extra time to freeze.
- Make them vegan. Make these banana popsicles vegan by substituting the yogurt with dairy-free yogurt.
How to make banana popsicles vegan:
Easily make these banana popsicles vegan by substituting skyr or yogurt with dairy-free yogurt. Follow the exact instructions in the recipe card below and make sure. Make sure to use dairy-free chocolate if you are adding a magic shell on top.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use frozen bananas?
I do not reccomend using frozen bananas for this recipe because it will make the popsicle mixture chinky and hard to pour into the popsicle molds. However, if that is your only option, I recommend letting the frozen bananas thaw at room temperature for 30 minutes before blending the popsicle mixture.
Can I make them vegan?
You can easily make these chocolate banana popsicles vegan. Simply substitute the skyr or yogurt with dairy-free yogurt. Follow the exact instructions in the recipe card below, and make sure to dairy-free chocolate if you are adding a magic shell on top.
Are these banana popsicles healthy?
Yes, these banana popsicles are healthy for many reasons; here are a few: (1) they are refined sugar-free since we sweeten them naturally with maple syrup, (2) they only call for 6 basic ingredients, (3) there are no preservatives, gums, or “natural flavors,” (4) they are gluten-free, (5) they are made with yogurt and have 4 grams of protein per popsicle, and (6) they are low-calorie and guilt-free.
Do I have to add the peanut butter or chocolate magic shell?
No, you do not have to add a peanut butter or chocolate magic shell to these banana popsicles. It is optional.
What can I substitute maple syrup with?
You can substitute the maple syrup with honey, agave sweeteners, date syrup, or sugar-free maple syrup.
What’s the best milk to use?
Any milk will work for this recipe. I love using vanilla almond or oat milk, but you can use cashew, skim, 2%, whole, or lactose-free milk.
Can I make them nut-free?
These banana popsicles are nut-free if you use a chocolate shell, not a peanut butter shell.
How many calories per banana popsicle?
There are 72 calories per banana popsicle.
Can I make them sugar-free?
You can make these banana popsicles sugar-free by leaving off the maple syrup. If you do this, add 1 to 2 extra tablespoons of milk and make sure to use very spotty, brown bananas since those are sweeter than green bananas.
What is the best way to get popsicles out of a mold?
There are two easy ways to quickly get homemade popsicles out of their mold: (1) let them sit at room temperature for 5 minutes, or (2) run the bottoms under lukewarm water for 30 seconds.
How long do popsicles take to freeze?
It depends on the size of your popsicle mold. However, homemade popsicles take about 4 to 5 hours to completely freeze. I recommend freezing them overnight for the best results.
How to store them:
You can store these banana popsicles in the freezer for up to 2 months. Either keep them in the mold or store them in airtight baggies.
If you love this no-bake recipe, try these next!
- Lemonade Popsicles
- Blueberry Peach Sorbet
- Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Cups
- Banana Mango Strawberry Smoothie
- Frozen Yogurt Granola Bars
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- 4 medium bananas, use extra spotty brown ones for sweetness
- ⅔ cup milk, I love oat milk or almond milk
- 1 ¼ cup vanilla yogurt or skyr
- 2 – 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp cinnamon, optional but I love the taste
- Optional Peanut Butter Flavor: 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
Peanut Butter Magic Shell:
- ¼ cup all-natural peanut butter
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Decorations: Crushed peanuts, mini chocolate chips, or a chocolate drizzle
Chocolate Mahgic Shell:
- ½ cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Decorations: Crushed peanuts, mini chocolate chips, or dried banana slices
- Blend: Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender: bananas, milk, yogurt, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. If you want them to have a peanut butter flavor, add 2 tbsp of creamy peanut butter too. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour: Evenly pour into popsicle molds and tap the filled popsicle molds on a kitchen counter to release any air pockets. Then, add the popsicle sticks. This recipe makes about 10 popsicles.
- Freeze: Freeze the banana popsicles overnight or for at least 5 hours.
- Peanut Butter Shell: Remove the frozen popsicles from the freezer and put them on the countertop while you prepare the shell. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt the peanut butter and coconut oil in 20-second intervals (it should be very smooth). Add it to a glass or keep it in the same bowl. Then, dip the tops of the popsicles into the melted peanut butter and decorate with crushed peanuts or a drizzle of chocolate. Place it on the lined baking sheet and repeat with the remaining popsicles. Freeze for another 30 minutes.
- Chocolate Shell: Remove the frozen popsicles from the freezer and put them on the countertop while you prepare the shell. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in 20-second intervals (it should be very smooth). Add it to a glass or keep it in the same bowl. Then, dip the tops of the popsicles into the melted chocolate and decorate with crushed peanut or dried banana slices. Place it on the lined baking sheet and repeat with the remaining popsicles. Freeze for another 30 minutes.
- Store extras in the freezer in an airtight container – enjoy!
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