These chocolate banana ghost pops are the perfect snack for the days leading up to Halloween! Almost too adorable to eat, these nutty, sweet and FUN little ghost pops make a wonderful and satisfying Halloween season snack. Make them with your kids!
Kids and grown ups alike love the adorable look of these tasty ghosts, and how could they not? The flavour is a hit, too, roasty, nutty peanut butter with sweet white chocolate is a perfect pairing (this dietitian mom is a big fan of this combo!). These ghost pops have a pleasing texture; biting into the firm banana through the lightly crunchy white chocolate and peanut butter shell is delightful. Bonus – kids love nearly any snack served on a stick!
How to make these chocolate banana ghost pops
Your children will think you spent ages on these (and they’ll feel so special!) but they actually don’t take much time to make, for the most part, they’ll be chilling in your freezer. First, you’ll slice a banana into quarters, insert sticks and pop them into the freezer for an hour (or overnight, making it an even faster prep the next day!).
Dip each banana quarter into the peanut butter mixture. Freeze about 20 minutes, until the peanut butter is solid. You’ll have peanut butter leftover after dipping, why not use it to make a Halloween pumpkin smoothie to savour while you wait for these to chill? Just sayin’.
Lastly, dip them into melted white chocolate.
Add a couple of chocolate chips for eyes, return to the freezer, until the chocolate is solid, and enjoy!
Pro mom tip: Little kids think it’s the best day ever when they get to add the chocolate eyes. Word of warning, your ghosts will likely end up with more than two when kids get creative. Or one eye, when kids eat the chips before they can pop them onto the bananas.
For more pro tips, see the notes at the bottom of the recipe!
What is in these frozen banana ghost pops?
These ghost pops are a winning combo of nutrient dense and fun, sweet ingredients. They are made using only 5 ingredients in total! Banana, peanut butter, white chocolate, dark chocolate and coconut oil, and that’s it. In addition to their other nutrients, the healthy fats in the peanut butter and the fibre in the banana give these snacks staying power, which helps us feel fuller longer in between meals. The sweet, creamy white chocolate and the dark chocolate “eyes” give us energy, add delicious flavour and whimsy, and make these pops taste extra-special.
I encourage you to not try to “healthify” these pops further by swapping out the white chocolate, it’s what makes them taste so yummy, and after all, food is about more than nutrients. It’s about making memories and connecting, and it makes us feel good. As well, it’s part of the Halloween holiday tradition. Plus, if you swap out the white chocolate, these just won’t taste as wonderful ;).
Why make these Halloween themed snacks?
Because they are delicious, they are huge crowd pleasers, and they are packed with Halloween delight. In my blog post The Halloween Candy Strategy that this Dietitian Mom Swears By, I remind parents that “Halloween can be a great teaching opportunity for kids, to learn to be mindful and calm around treats and sweets. As parents, we have the power to use this holiday to strengthen our child’s relationship with food and help them to be calm and mindful around sweets.”
Halloween is one of kids’ eagerly awaited holidays. After all, the thrill of dressing up and trick-or-treating only comes around once a year, and then only until they reach their teen years, so we have a limited time to promote the enjoyment of this special holiday. Along with chatting about their costumes, school activities and trick-or-treating safety, we can show that we are excited right along with them by making special, holiday-themed snacks like these ghost pops. Connect with your child AND your inner child!
I hope you and your family give these frighteningly flavourful and eerily easy-to-make snacks a try! Happy Halloween!