Summer is in full swing and I must say I’m always feeling hot. I just hit 24 weeks and a tall glass of ice water is my favorite side kick. My husband has joked several times that our ice maker struggles to keep up with ice intake. The glass has to be full of ice with water trickling through. My love for ice water came long before I got pregnant but for whatever reason this pregnancy has intensified my love. Ha!
In a close second to my love affair of ice water is any food item that is cold. We have been making popsicles like crazy. I prefer making them because most brands out there lack nutritional value. Even the healthier brands are mostly sugar and juice. I love that we can add healthy fats, vegetables, real fruit and protein to our frozen treats. The fact that I can also control the quantity and type of sugar is also an incentive for me.
These Dairy-free Peanut Butter Banana popsicles were concocted from one of my favorite combos of peanut butter and chocolate. Really though? There are few combinations as timeless and tasty as peanut butter and chocolate. This duo never gets old. And now I can enjoy this perfect combo and get a cool down.
Plus, I think the chocolate swirls on this dairy-free peanut butter banana popsicle make it look sophisticated and super appealing for adults. 🙂
Okay, so I want to focus on two of the ingredients in this dairy-free peanut butter banana popsicle recipe. Peanut butter and flax. Both are considered fats but what type of fats are they, you may be asking?
Is Peanut Butter considered a healthy fat?
Let’s start with peanut butter. Peanut butter is a monounsaturated fat. Don’t be scared of the long name. Monounsaturated just means it has one unsaturated carbon bond. What? Okay, so in other words, it means that it is considered a simple fat. Much easier, right? Monounsaturated fats like peanut butter are good for you. They are often found in nuts, avocados, olives and different types of oils. So the great news is that the fat content in peanut butter is not only the good kind but it’s the type that can help lower bad cholesterol, lower heart disease, and have even been shown to even help control blood sugar levels according to the Mayo Clinic.
Other benefits from eating peanut butter is that it’s high in protein, magnesium and potassium – not too shabby for such a great tasting food.
What are some of the health benefits of Flax?
Most of us know that flax has great nutritional benefits but what are they? First off, flax is a polyunsaturated fat. Again, this long name just means that the fat structure contains several double or triple carbon bonds. In a nutshell,flax is a great source of fat. There are two types of polyunsaturated fats those that contain omega-3’s and those that contain omega-6’s. Flax contains omega-3’s which is something your body needs but can not make itself. It must be consumed through fish, flax, walnuts, and types of oils in order to get these health benefits. This is why having a bag of ground of flax or flaxseed meal is so handy. You can add a few tablespoons to popsicles or smoothies to get this good source of fat in more easily. Or, you can also drink flax milk which is our favorite non-dairy milk.
Consuming omega-3’s or flax also helps because it’s high in fiber but low in carbs. You get all the fiber benefits without the extra “empty” calories.
Other benefits of flax include:
- Protein 6g
- Vitamin B1 31% RDA
- Manganese 35% RDA
- Magnesium 30% RDA
- Phosphorus 19% RDA
- Selenium 10% RDA
- Also, flaxseeds contain a good amount of vitamin B6, Iron, potassium, copper and zinc. (List taking from this Dr. Axe article.)
Dairy-free Peanut Butter Banana Popsicles
5 hours, 5 minutes
Author: Allison Kuslikis
1 and 1/2 banana
1/2 cup unsweetened flax milk
1/4 cup plain coconut yogurt
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon of honey or sweetener of your choice
2 tbsp. flax milk
1/2 cup of dairy-free chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life)
Measure and pour 1/2 cup flax milk, 1/4 cup yogurt, 1/4 cup peanut butter into a blender.
Peel and add 1 1/2 bananas along with a large dollop of honey or other sweetener of choice.
Blend until smooth and no longer chunky.
Pour banana peanut butter mixture into popsicle molds. Freeze overnight or until firm.
Once you are ready to serve the popsicles pull the popsicles out of the freezer and set on the counter.
Begin preparing your chocolate drizzle, by placing 2 tablespoons for flax milk in the microwave for 30 seconds.
Add in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips to your warm milk and stir until chocolate chips are completely melted.
Place melted chocolate in a small plastic squeeze bottle or a small ziplock bag.
Run popsicles underneath warm water and pull out popsicles out of the holders and set on a table.
Drizzle melted chocolate on popsicles using a squeeze bottle or a cut a small hole in your sandwich bag.
Eat right away.
Calories per serving: 259.27 kcal
Fat per serving: 13.36 g
Saturated fat per serving: 5.43 g
Carbs per serving: 31.62 g
Protein per serving: 5.71 g
Fiber per serving: 2.16 g
Sugar per serving: 25.16 g
Cholesterol per serving: 7.99 mg
I would love to hear from you. If you give this recipe a try, please let me know by giving the recipe a rating and leaving a comment.
Love healthy easy popsicles? Check out this watermelon popsicles.