Monkey Pops with a Crunch featuring Love Grown Foods

 

Chances are if you have a toddler, you’ve experimented with the infamous Monkey Pop. Here is my faster version using a bit of my favorite non-homemade granola from Love Grown Foods. I tasted Love Grown Foods granola at my recent adventure at the Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference. It is perfectly crunchy and not too sweet. Plus the company is unabashedly optimistic and genuine about healthy products becoming the norm. I like that.

Monkey Pops with a Crunch featuring Love Grown Foods

Monkey Pops with a Crunch featuring Love Grown Foods

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas, peeled and cut in half
  • 6 bamboo skewers
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (I used grapeseed, but canola works well)
  • 1/2 cup Love Grown Foods Granola in Sweet Cranberry Pecan or Simply Oats
  • Cinnamon to sprinkle (optional)

Instructions

  • Place the bananas on skewers and set in the freezer for 30 minutes. (I assigned my preschooler, Big P, to watch the clock.)
  • Put chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and drizzle oil on top.
  • Melt mixture at 20 second intervals until it's melted and creamy. Be careful not to burn the chocolate. You will be heartbroken.
  • Pull the bananas out of the freezer and put on a wide cutting board or large plate.
  • Drizzle chocolate on both sides, shortly followed by the granola.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon and enjoy with your favorite people.
  • You will notice the chocolate hardens beautifully, but the banana is soft enough to easily chew. Miraculous, no?
  • We also experimented with some ripe mango: