These ice lollies were based on a banana paletas recipe I spotted 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!
Roasting bananas brings out a softer, sweeter flavour than using them raw, but of course you can use uncooked banana 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 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!
Roasted Banana & Cream Ice Lollies
- 3 medium to large ripe bananas
- 50 g light brown or Demerara sugar
- 300 ml double cream
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste or 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
For American readers, the closest substitute to double cream is heavy cream; if you can find a non UHT version, so much the better.
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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Please leave a comment - I love hearing from you!41 Comments to "Roasted Banana & Cream | Ice Lollies | Paletas | Ice Pops"
This looks delicious. I am sure my children would love them
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!
I love the thought of using roasted bananas! These sound so good and I’m sure my kids would love them (especially with the choc chips!)
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!
Kavey,what can be better than this? I love roasted / fried bananas served with ice cream but never thought of combining the two together, brilliant idea!
Works so nicely, just a really rich smooth texture!
What a yummy treat. The roasting of the bananas really brings out there flavor.
Yes indeed. I adore raw bananas but there’s a mellowness to the flavour of roasted ones that’s just gorgeous!
I’m always looking for new ways to utilize bananas. This is such a great idea and I like that you subbed in double cream, I’ve been using that quite a bit lately.
Thanks Christine, I probably use way too much double cream!
Roasting the bananas is genius!
Thank you, I can’t claim credit for that idea, but yes it’s so good!
I love this idea and what a great summer snack! Pinned and shared!
Thanks, very easy and so delicious!
Oh wow! These sound absolutely delicious! I know my son would love these. I hope our weather starts warming up so we could enjoy them outside.
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! 😉
I’ve never roasted bananas before, plantains, but not bananas! A great combo with cream and cinnamon of course so I’m sure these taste wonderful – and who doesn’t love food on a stick!
Aah, I’ve not really cooked plantains much!
I really must try making some of my own ice lollies. I’m afraid the best I’ve done is to freeze diluted fruit squash. #badfoodblogger These sound great.
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.
These look amazing. I love banana and cream fresh so very excited about the idea of a frozen version. Yes please 🙂
Oh, I’m so glad you like, hope you make and enjoy!
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.
Only one left in the freezer, I suspect it may not last the day out!
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.
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!
Yum. I am in love with bananas. I would eat them all.
I have! 😉
These roasted banana lollies look refreshing and healthy. My grand kids would all love these!
I think homemade lollies are definitely a healthy option, just a few simple ingredients in them.
I love the roasting of the banana, this must add so much sweetness. Lovely ice lollies.
Yes, definitely. Still need a little sugar but not loads.
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.
Rosemary, I hope you like it, it mellows the flavour, makes it sweeter!
I am sure roasted bananas give such a profound flavor to these frozen bites!
I’m thinking it’s already time for me to make more!
What a fun and yummy snack! My grandkids will adore these!
Beautiful flavor combo!
Beautiful summer treats! How yummy!
What a beautiful, heathy treat for these hot summer days!! I love that they are made out of roasted bananas!!
Thanks, the roasting really brings out the flavour but with only a little added sugar, they still feel pretty virtuous!