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6 recipes that prove bananas make the healthiest frozen desserts

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Frozen BananaPop them in the freezer and bananas transform almost magically and effortlessly into a healthy dessert with delicious wow-factor. And the frozen treats are getting more attention than ever right now thanks to the premiere of the new season of Arrested Development. (There's always money—and nutrition benefits?—in the banana stand.)

They're super low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium, and a great source of dietary fiber, potassium, and manganese. Plus, they have a non-dairy creaminess and a natural source of sugar that won't make your nutritionist mad.

Here are six deliciously simple and healthy frozen banana recipes you'll want to clear out the ice box for...

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Salted Frozen Bananas Dark ChocolateSalted Chocolate Frozen Banana Bites
Inspired by the recent premiere of Arrested Development's fourth season, these dark-chocolate banana bites are a decadent example of how glam and versatile frozen bananas can be.

What you'll need for this recipe:

3 ripe (but not soggy) bananas
1 batch homemade magic shell (made with dark chocolate and coconut oil)
Coarse sea salt
Cocktail forks or toothpicks

Learn how to make this delicious dessert here...

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Frozen Banana SorbetFrozen Banana Sorbet

Even if you have no culinary skills whatsoever, you can make this super simple, refreshing sorbet in a jiffy. And when you put a bowl of this down in front of them, your guests will think you're a whiz in the kitchen.

There are just three ingredients you'll need:

1 ripe banana, frozen
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon honey

Keep reading for instructions...

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Banana Ice CreamBanana Ice Cream

One ingredient—bananas—make this recipe a standby you'll be making all summer long. It's free of dairy and high in creamy deliciousness.

The only ingredient you'll need:

Bananas!

To see how amazingly easy this recipe is, keep reading...

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Banana and Dark ChocolateArrested Development Frozen Bananas

Another recipe inspired by the Arrested Development frozen banana stand, this one is a simple twist on a popsicle with seriously high food-porn factor.

What you'll need:

3 bananas, peeled and halved
5 oz (150g) of dark chocolate
Finely chopped peanuts or other nuts (optional)

Keep reading to see how you can make your own frozen bananas on a stick...

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Banana YogurtFrozen Banana Treats

If you're feeling like dipping your bananas in something other than dark chocolate? Try this vanilla yogurt version instead. You dip the banana, and roll it in granola for a fantastic and almost virtuous dessert crunch. Just use a granola with whole grains and not a ton of sugar or oil.

What you'll need:

6 ripe bananas
6 wooden craft sticks
8 oz. vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup of granola or granola-based cereal
Waxed paper
Baking sheet

Keep reading for instructions...

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Banana Bread in a BowlBanana Bread in a Bowl

There's no actual bread in this recipe; it's more like a breakfast cereal with whole food sources of fiber and protein. But it has that yummy banana bread flavor.

What you'll need:

1 frozen banana
1-2 tablespoons walnuts (optional)
1 cup milk of choice
1 cup flake cereal (preferably gluten-free)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Keep reading for instructions...

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8 Comments | ADD YOURS

  1. June 22nd, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Love these ideas thank you so much

  2. June 24th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Bananas are one of my absolute favorite foods – I can’t wait to try this sorbet recipe. I’ve got a running list of “things to make with overripe bananas”: http://www.plinnovations.com/what-to-do-with-overripe-bananas/

  3. July 1st, 2013 at 10:57 am

    These are excellent recipe ideas. Much appreciated!

  4. July 11th, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    These are some delicious ideas for banana recipes, Thanks!

  5. Lucy Handler
    July 13th, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Hey it is Healthiest fruit that I know, I have read all that, delicious. Thanks

  6. July 30th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    These look great. Love the Salted Chocolate Banana bites. Perfect recipes for the end of summer.

  7. August 6th, 2013 at 1:12 am

    I have to say those look great and delicious! Something I definitely want to try out. Mmmm!!

  8. Lyn - A foodie who learns about healthy living every day
    September 1st, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Bananas are great as a healthy snack and as a sweet dessert. These recipes definitely prove that. I wanted to try them out from the moment I saw the very first one. They look great and sound great. Plus they are still pretty healthy.

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