Smooth, rich, creamy, and dipped in melted chocolate, this delicious healthy peanut butter popsicles recipe tastes like eating a frozen Reese’s peanut butter cup!
Healthy peanut butter popsicles
With a frozen peanut butter center and smooth chocolate shell, these peanut butter pops are everything you could ever want in a dessert.
And yet they are also nutritious and filling at the same time, packed with iron, calcium, potassium, and over five grams of protein each!
These popsicles are the perfect healthy indulgence to beat the summer heat.
Also make this Protein Banana Bread
Easy peanut butter pudding pops
Have I ever told you about the chocolate Reese’s peanut butter cup phase I went through in middle school?
On weekends going to the movies with friends, we’d always stop at the grocery store beforehand to stock up on candy.
I was completely obsessed with Reese’s peanut butter cups and would usually buy three or four packages, all for myself.
Honestly, I could eat so much sugar back then.
Toaster strudels or Eggo waffles saturated with syrup at breakfast, chocolate bars packed into my lunch box, large Baskin Robbins milkshakes after school…
My mother brought us up on a very healthy and balanced way of eating, with a variety of vegetables at every meal, and I counted broccoli and brussels sprouts among my favorite foods even as a child.
But I’ve always been a person who eats dessert every day.
Watch the peanut butter popsicle recipe video above
And any dessert that includes the combination of chocolate and peanut butter is especially difficult for me to resist.
I think I would eat my shoe if you covered it in chocolate and peanut butter.
Thankfully, these homemade peanut butter pops taste much better than shoes.
And at the same time, they are also much healthier than consuming four packs of Reese’s peanut butter cups in one sitting!
Ingredients for peanut butter banana popsicles
You will need peanut butter, milk of choice, a pinch of salt, optional sweetener of choice, and optional bananas and chocolate.
The popsicle recipe can be made without banana if you prefer.
Any creamy or crunchy peanut butter will work, whether it’s natural or the shelf stable kind from brands like Peter Pan, Skippy, or Jif.
Feel free to change up the flavor by swapping out the peanut butter with almond butter, cashew butter, coconut butter, or this Homemade Nutella Recipe.
For popsicles with no banana, just add an extra half cup nut butter of choice to the recipe. You will also most likely need to increase the sweetener to equal the natural sweetness of the bananas.
Vegan and keto options
For vegan popsicles, use your favorite dairy free and plant based milk, such as almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk.
The recipe has no eggs and is gluten free.
For keto popsicles, use coconut butter instead of the bananas. You can also substitute the peanut butter for a low carb nut, such as macadamia butter.
How to make peanut butter popsicles
Gather all of your popsicle ingredients and equipment, and read through the tips and tricks included below.
Blend the peanut butter, salt, milk of choice, sweetener, and optional banana together until completely smooth.
Using a blender or food processor will yield the best texture, but you can technically mash everything together by hand if you are extremely patient.
Pour the mixture into popsicle molds or Dixie cups, and freeze. If using cups, add a popsicle stick or spoon to each pop when it is only partially frozen.
Chocolate covered peanut butter pops
If you would like for your popsicles to have a chocolate shell (and who wouldn’t??), you have two options:
The first option is to melt half a cup of chocolate chips or broken chocolate pieces carefully in the microwave or using a double boiler method. For a smoother sauce, you can stir in an optional half teaspoon of vegetable or coconut oil after melting.
The second option is to make your own chocolate sauce by stirring together a teaspoon of cocoa powder or raw cacao powder, a tablespoon of melted coconut oil, and half a tablespoon of pure maple syrup, honey, or agave.
Take one frozen peanut butter popsicle from the freezer, dip it into the chocolate sauce, and place it on a plate lined with either wax paper or parchment paper.
Return it to the freezer to set the chocolate shell, and repeat with all remaining pops.
Homemade popsicle tips and tricks
If you do not own popsicle molds, simply use paper cups instead.
You can find wooden popsicle sticks at most craft stores, like Michaels or Joann Fabrics. Or you can insert a small spoon into each pop instead of a popsicle stick.
To get the popsicle sticks to stay upright, I recommend freezing the pops for about a half hour, until firm but not rock hard. Then add the popsicle sticks and return the peanut butter pops to the freezer.
To remove homemade pops from the molds, run them under mildly hot water for about fifteen seconds, then gently twist.
Leftover peanut butter? Stir it into this Chia Pudding Recipe
This recipe was adapted from my Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie.
Peanut Butter Popsicles
- 1 cup milk of choice
- 1/3 cup peanut butter or allergy friendly sub
- 2 ripe bananas, or 1/2 cup coconut butter or additional peanut butter
- 1/8 tsp salt
- sweetener to taste, such as pure maple syrup, sugar, or stevia
- optional chocolate coating, listed below
- Blend all popsicle ingredients together until completely smooth. You want the liquid to taste a little too sweet, as it will become less sweet once frozen. Sweetener amount will depend on your tastebuds, ripeness of the bananas (if using), and your milk of choice. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze. Chocolate Coating: Either melt chocolate chips to form a thin sauce OR stir together 1 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder, 1 tbsp melted coconut oil, and 1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup or agave to form a sauce. Take one frozen popsicle from the freezer, dip in the sauce, then place on a sheet of wax paper and re-freeze. Repeat for remaining popsicles.View Nutrition Facts
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