#POPSICLEWEEK: BANOFFEE-COFFEE POPSICLES

 
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It’s Popsicle Week! And I’m back!

In the past two months, I/we: bought a condo, packed, moved, unpacked, went to California twice, unpacked some more, and got married. It’s been nuts (but the best kind of nuts!) I’ll do a wedding recap soon. Also - you'll have to excuse these photos. They're a little off, as I'm still getting used to how the light works in our new place.

I’m pretty excited about popsicle week. Partly because there are so many other amazing bloggers sharing their craftiest popsicle recipes, but also because popsicles are, hands down, one of my favorite food/drink-related ways to cool off during the summer.

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Banoffee-Coffee popsicles are pretty much exactly what they sound like – a banoffee pie + coffee hybrid. Coffee + bananas is a seriously legit combo, you guys. It sounds weird, but I promise it’s delicious. Next time you’re at an ice cream shop getting a milkshake, get a coffee-banana milkshake. That shit is bananas. No joke.

To see the whole Popsicle Week menu, go check out Billy’s blog, Wit & Vinegar.

 
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Banoffee-Coffee Popsicles

makes 10-12 popsicles. easily doubled.

3 ripe bananas
2-3 TB granulated sugar
2/3 cup toffee (recipe below)
1/3 cup brewed espresso or strong coffee
½ tsp vanilla extract
7oz plain Greek yogurt (I used Fage 2%)
ice

Melted bittersweet chocolate
Graham cracker or Biscoff cookie crumbs

Directions:

  1. Slice bananas into coins. Sautee in a skillet with the granulated sugar, until the bananas caramelize a bit. Add to blender.
  2. Add toffee, espresso, vanilla, and yogurt. Blend until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add 2 cups of ice, and blend again.
  4. Divide mixture among your popsicle molds, and add sticks. Freeze.
  5. Once popsicles are thoroughly frozen, remove from molds.
  6. Dip in melted chocolate, and then in the cookie crumbs. Freeze again to harden the chocolate.
  7. Eat!
  8. For storing, I wrap mine individually in plastic wrap, and then stick them all in a gallon-sized freezer bag.

*Note: you can make these without the espresso, if you really want to. They won’t be quite as amazing, though.

Toffee

(recipe from Saveur)

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
pinch of salt
½ cup dark brown sugar
1-14oz can condensed milk (I used nonfat, and it worked just fine.)

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan.
  2. Stir in the brown sugar and salt. Melt over low heat, stirring frequently.
  3. Add the condensed milk and bring mixture to a boil for 3-4 minutes, whisking continuously. The mixture will darken slightly.
  4. Pour into a bowl to cool slightly. Don’t leave it in the pan! It’ll burn and make cleanup absolutely miserable. :)