Roasted Banana & Cream | Ice Lollies | Paletas | Ice Pops

These ice lollies were based on a roasted banana paletas recipe I spotted online a while ago. A paleta is a Latin American ice lolly featuring fresh fruit mixed into a water or cream base – what we call an ice lolly in the UK, the Americans call an ice pop and the Canadians a popsicle!

The recipe I saw used yoghurt which I have switched out for double cream – I do enjoy the tang of natural yoghurt with fresh fruit but for these lollies I wanted the banana to be the star of the show.

Roasting the banana brings out a softer, sweeter flavour than using it raw, but of course you can use it uncooked if you prefer.

Cinnamon is a natural bedfellow for banana but is often added in quantities that make it the dominant flavour; I wanted a mere hint that would add complexity to the banana rather than overwhelm it. Likewise, adding just a small amount of vanilla added a subtle savoury flavour without making its presence felt too strongly. You can omit either of them entirely or adjust up or down to suit your taste. I reckon a generous handful of chocolate chips would be a great addition too – to be tried next time!

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Roasted Banana & Cream Ice Lollies

Makes 4-6 depending on capacity of lolly mould

Ingredients
3 medium to large ripe bananas
50 grams Demerara sugar or light brown sugar
300 ml double cream*
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
(Optional) half teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)

* For American readers, the closest substitute to double cream is heavy cream; if you can find a non UHT version, so much the better.

Method

  • Wrap the unpeeled bananas individually in foil and roast at 200 °C (400 °F) for half an hour.
  • In the meantime, measure the sugar into a bowl and set aside.
  • Remove the bananas from the oven. When you can safely do so without burning your fingers, unwrap each banana and peel and scoop the soft flesh into the bowl of sugar. Do this while the bananas are still hot and mix thoroughly so that all the sugar is melted by the heat. Using a pair of tablespoons makes it easier to handle hot bananas.
  • Put cream, cinnamon and vanilla (if using) into a blender or food processor and add the banana and sugar mix. Blend until smooth.
  • Divide the mixture into lolly moulds or cups, insert lolly sticks (or teaspoons) and transfer to the freezer.
  • I kept mine quite small so they froze within about 4 hours, but you may need to leave a little longer if make bigger lollies.
  • To serve, cup the mould in warm hands to loosen, or dip very briefly in a bowl of hot water. Slip out of the mould and enjoy!

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41 Comments to "Roasted Banana & Cream | Ice Lollies | Paletas | Ice Pops"

  1. kaveyeats

    Thanks Jo, I do think homemade ice lollies with fresh fruit and no preservatives are a great family treat, and this with me having no kids!

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  2. kaveyeats

    Yes, I thought of choc chips afterwards, when I was thinking about chocolate bananas on the BBQ, one of those recipes I think we got from Blue Peter nearly 4 decades ago!

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  3. kaveyeats

    Yes indeed. I adore raw bananas but there’s a mellowness to the flavour of roasted ones that’s just gorgeous!

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  4. kaveyeats

    Yes the summer disappeared on us somewhat, didn’t it? I confess to having eaten two sat on the sofa, under a blanket, watching the telly! 😉

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  5. kaveyeats

    I love making lollies, I find these last couple I’ve made (the previous was an Eton mess strawberries, cream and meringue number) very easy, the thickness of the mixture means the lolly stick holds itself up too.

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  6. Choclette

    Lovely idea to roast the banana for this and banana and cream are a rather wonderful combination, so I bet these were really good. They look really cute.

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  7. Jacqueline Meldrum

    Just finished lunch and one of these would go down a treat. You are the iced treat queen. There’s definitely a book to be had out of all your yummy iced recipes.

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    kaveyeats

    Aah, you are very kind. The last one, my Eton Mess Ice Lollies was very much my own invention — this one is just a twist on an existing recipe I came across a while ago!

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  8. kaveyeats

    I think homemade lollies are definitely a healthy option, just a few simple ingredients in them.

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  9. rosemary palmer

    I have never roasted a banana but seen them on the grill and thought about it. But have used frozen ones in smoothies. Will try roasted for new flavor.

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  10. kaveyeats

    Thanks, the roasting really brings out the flavour but with only a little added sugar, they still feel pretty virtuous!

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