With just 5 ingredients, Chocolate Banana Popsicles with Cold Brew Coffee make an easy, grab-and-go treat that hits the spot on a hot day.
The list of awesome things about these popsicles is pretty long.
For starters, the short ingredient list. Oh, and they're dairy free, gluten free, paleo, vegan, and unsweetened. Cold brew coffee is a crucial component, which means they're perfect as a breakfast treat.
I don't know about you, but my day is instantly better when I have a popsicle first thing in the morning!
Ingredients for Coffee Chocolate Banana Popsicles
As I've harped on, one of the perks of these chocolate banana popsicles is the short ingredients list!
— Banana: obviously. A large ripe (yellow) banana will do the trick!
— Cocoa powder: to provide that chocolate kick!
— Cold brew coffee: I highly recommend using cold brew coffee, as it's more concentrated than a standard brew. I've got a tutorial for making your own if you're interested — it's WAY cheaper than store bought. And you don't need a cold brew kit.
— Coconut milk: This keeps these popsicles creamy instead of icy. You can use cream if you'd like!
— Chocolate protein powder: bonus! You can omit this if you'd like, but I love the chocolate boost and protein pump! My fave protein is Equip Foods Chocolate Protein Powder. Highly recommended!
Can I use regular coffee instead of cold brew coffee?
Yes, you can.
While I highly recommend using cold brew coffee since it's more concentrated, meaning more coffee flavor, if you don't have cold brew on hand and don't have time to make your own, strong drip coffee that's been cooled will work in a pinch.
How to make homemade popsicles
First, you'll need popsicle molds to make these chocolate banana popsicles. I picked up these inexpensive popsicle molds for this recipe, and I still use them!
Add all ingredients to a blender.
Pour into popsicle molds.
And that's it! Homemade popsicles are so stinkin' easy!
How long does it take to freeze popsicles?
Freeze homemade popsicles for at least 4 hours.
Every recipe will be a little different based on how warm your ingredients are and how much liquid is used.
For these basil mango popsicles and the other popsicle recipes I've made (like Simple Basil Mango Popsicles), I can say 4 hours seems long enough!
Can I make this without popsicle molds?
Yes, you can still make these homemade mango popsicles without a popsicle mold!
How to make popsicles without molds
You'll need popsicle sticks, plus something to hold the popsicles while they freeze. You probably already have lots of options in your kitchen:
- disposable cups
- shot glasses
- muffin tins
- mini loaf pans
- reused yogurt containers, dip containers, etc.
Just make sure whatever container you use is freezer-safe.
The easiest way to use these repurposed containers as popsicle molds is to pour the popsicle mixture inside, cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, poke a hole through the wrap or foil with a knife, and insert the popsicle stick.
The plastic wrap/aluminum foil will hold up the popsicle stick while they freeze.
If you find you enjoy making DIY popsicles, I recommend picking up some popsicle molds. They're fairly inexpensive and make the whole process a little more streamlined!
Ideas to change up chocolate banana popsicles
Want to jazz this recipe up even more? Here's a few ideas for how to modify the recipe:
— Use cream intead of coconut milk if you can handle dairy. Talk about rich!
— Sub vanilla protein powder for the chocolate protein powder.
— Make dark chocolate banana popsicles: omit the protein powder and add another tablespoon (or two!) of cocoa powder.
— Melt chocolate chips and drizzle the finished popsicles with chocolate. Or get wild and dip the finished popsicles in chocolate. Note that they wont' fit back into the molds if you do this!
More summer desserts to save
Why stop at one summer treat? Once you've made these chocolate banana popsicles with cold brew coffee, try another popsicle recipe, dairy free ice cream, or no bake bars!
With just 5 ingredients, these Chocolate Banana Popsicles with Coffee will be your new go-to treat on a warm day! They're unsweetened, dairy free, gluten free, and vegan. Make sure to drizzle or dip in chocolate for added flair!
- Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender. Blend until smooth.
- Pour into six 2-ounce popsicle molds (my 2-ounce molds hold about ⅓ cup liquid each). Freeze for at least 4 hours.
- Run the molds under hot water for 10-30 seconds to release the popsicles from the molds. If desired, drizzle popsicles with melted chocolate before serving (it will harden from the frozen popsicles). Enjoy!
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