So, I have some good if not slightly embarrassing news.  I went a bit overboard in anticipation of the holidays this year and lined up a giveaway for every week leading up to Christmas, starting in a couple weeks.  It feels slightly awkward because I’ve had some great conversations with many of you recently about finding a balance between doing your own thing versus working with companies. But the holidays are about celebration and this is all in good fun.  Because in the end, what’s the point if we’re not having fun?  I’ve decided to run this particular contest a bit sooner rather than later because once the snow comes I’m not sure how many popsicles anyone will be craving.  And you really need to try these vegan banana cream pops.  Zoku sent me a pop maker to review and in turn, I have decided to personally give one away so that this post isn’t simply a product review.  Details about the giveaway can be found after the recipe.

I’d been eying the colorful Zoku products for quite some time before getting my hands on one.  I’m clearly part of their target audience because I like bright jewel-tone colors and I’m also a big fan of pops in general. The marketing sold me before I even opened the box. I already had basic pop makers on hand (which I used to make these) but was intrigued by the idea of being able to enjoy a frozen pop within minutes of prepping it.  I’m a big fan of instant gratification.  The Zoku Pop Makers come in single, double and triple versions but the single is right size for me.  Mr. Savory isn’t a big fan of pops and I get bored easily.  I like the idea of making just one or two pops at a time and then moving on to a new flavor.

This thing basically works like an ice cream maker but much easier.  You put the Zoku in the freezer for 24 hours (or just leave it there so it’s ready whenever you want it).  Make and chill your pop filling and you’ll have a fresh popsicle within 7-10 minutes of pouring the liquid into the device.  Not bad for a quick, healthy snack and a definite upgrade from the standard popsicle maker.  I think you’ll really like these vegan banana cream popsicles.  They’re easy to make (only 4 ingredients!) and have no refined sugars.  It’s a guilt-free treat that doesn’t skimp on (healthy) fat or flavor.  Use the full fat coconut milk with these for the best results.

 

Vegan Banana Cream Popsicles
 
Author:
Serves: makes 2 Zoku pops
Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • ¼ cup canned coconut milk
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon cardamom
Instructions
  1. Puree all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Chill the mixture for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Pour mixture into frozen Zoku Quick Pop Maker.
  4. Allow to chill for 7-10 minutes.

 

Today I’m giving away one Zoku Single Quick Pop Maker.  The contest will run through November 4 and then Rafflecopter will randomly select a winner.  All entries will be confirmed and invalid entries will be deleted.  I’ll email the winner who will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected.  US residents only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: I was sent a free Zoku Single Pop Maker to review.  I was not compensated for the review and all opinions are mine.  The contest is sponsored by Savory Simple.

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Comments

  1. Very cool picture – great colours. I don’t think popsicles are my thing, however:)

  2. Hah I’ve been wanting to make popsicles for months, but don’t have room in the freezer for a tray of paper cups with sticks (the only option I had available)

  3. I like the purple best!

  4. Jessica K. says:

    These sound so amazing!! I <3 bananas frozen!!

  5. I’ve always wanted one of these popsicle makers! So cool. And LOVE banana cream! :)

  6. ooh!! I’ve heard of this!! I would love the purple one :) recipe sounds delish!

  7. These are so cool (literally and figuratively)! Definitely need the orange one :)

  8. What a great product! Thank you so much for holding this contest.

  9. Love banana cream! Great idea for a popsicle! I’d go for the purple one.

  10. What a fun idea…and the flavor looks great!

  11. Yesss! A popsicle I can eat. NOm nom. I love this flavor combination.

  12. It’s never too cold for popsicles! Love the idea of a chilled version of bananas and cream, :)

  13. Michelle Pierce says:

    Looks like a great idea, I don’t have room for multiples in my freezer but one wouldn’t be a hard fit. Any color would be great :)

  14. Looks great and my kids who always need it on demand will love that they don’t have to wait. Instant gratification!

  15. I live in a part of the country that still has 80 degree weather so these sound delicious! I would choose the red one :)

  16. WANT!!! Love the bright color, but mine would definitely not have bananas in it ;)

  17. I love the idea of combining the banana with coconut milk. Have you tried making an ice cream version of this recipe? It sounds delicious!!

  18. Purple is great!

  19. I do the exact same thing. I get all excited about a really ambitious project, like it’s going to be the best thing in the entire world, and then when it comes to the dirty work, I sort of regret taking it on. And then I do it again. But, I’m (almost) always glad I did it. and when it comes to working with companies, I’m all for it if they are companies you really love, which it seems to be the case with you. I always want to know what products people actually use. I see some bloggers (we know which ones) whore themselves out for anyone who will give them a free PR trip. And that’s totally fine, but it just isn’t you (or me) at all. I feel like I can trust your opinion on products, you seem to be mindful of who you work with. I know you say no more often than you say yes.

    • I say no more than I say yes. I also say kudos to anyone who decides to take free PR trips or work with every company who comes along. It might not be me or you but it’s totally ok. It’s just another style of blogging. A blogger-who-will-remain-unnamed went off on me in an email last week because I’m “trying to be popular.” And wow did it make me do a double take. Communities build each other up and then rip each other back down and we all have to work hard not to let that happen just because our styles differ. PS – I want to marry your chocolate stout truffles.

      • ??!! I have no words for the nameless blogger (well, I have many words, but non of which are internet friendly. Why can’t we chat over drinks?!) who took time to send you a shitty email. People suck. I had a guy I’ve never met send me an email to let me know he doesn’t think I’m “attractive at all.” Classy.

        I get why people do every PR trip that is offered to them, and it’s totally cool. but I tend to not believe that someone can be “totally obsessed” with, a dozen companies every 6 months. It just lessens my faith in their opinions. But, If that’s how they like to do it, more power to them, there is enough space on the internet for every blog style. I’ll still give them my support, it’s just not my style. in LA, we have a great group of bloggers and we meet about once a month. They are all so supportive and encouraging. The main theme of the group is, “A rising tide lifts all ships.” I love that. Even if we differ in motive, style and opinions, we should lift up the industry as a whole.

  20. Blue. :)

  21. I’m a sucker for anything purple :) This recipe sounds delicious, and rather healthy too!

  22. fun but for summer for me and I always hear great things about these machines

  23. FrenchtwistDC says:

    In addition to being vegan, this is actually paleo friendly too… I’ve made very similar frozen treats for the hubby all summer long…though I left out the cardamom and used regular coconut milk since we buy it in larger quantities than cans ;-) also, I don’t have cute Zoku popmakers to make my popsicles with so they’re not as cute!

  24. I have seen popsicles popping up everywhere! My mom used to make em all the time when we were kids– would love to make my own and bring back memories!

  25. Samantha Remington says:

    Love the blue!

  26. I have had my eye on these, too, but still haven’t gotten one. For the single, if you make one pop, do you have to refreeze it for another day before making a second one?

    • That’s a good question! It retains its chill pretty well so I’d say if you stick it back in the freezer while the first pop is freezing and then get it back in there quickly it won’t take long to get back to temperature.

  27. PURPLE! Obvi – that is MY color. :)

  28. I’ve seen the Zoku, but didn’t think it was necessary. And then you said “have a fresh popsicle within 7-10 minutes of pouring the liquid into the device”. Now I’m thinking I need this sweet little device.

  29. I would go for red or purple. Tough decision.

  30. I’d like green!

  31. These sound awesome. In Texas it’s almost always a good time for a Popsicle! I’d love a purple one.

  32. I love popsiciles of all kind, but can’t remember the last time I had one. I would love to experiment with one of these.

  33. Francine S says:

    Not sure that the color matters but I’m going with…….PURPLE!

  34. i’ve been wondering about the zoku! sounds awesome and your recipe is so simple and delicious, love it!

  35. thejewishhostess says:

    love your popsicle recipe! Would love to win! red sounds great!

  36. I love the blue one! Great recipe!

  37. Ashley Larmore says:

    Red! :)

  38. Blue!

  39. Everyone in my family loves popsicles but me. Apparently I am missing that gene. :) But maybe I will win for them!

  40. Ooops, purple!

  41. I am a fan of the red and orange colors. How fun!

  42. I can’t believe I actually have something that appears on your blog. I have one of these goody makers! I don’t have the single. Mine makes four. It’s a wonderful thing. I bought it two years ago and use it all the time! :-)

  43. Coconut, banana…these popsicles must be very good!

  44. I like the blue color, just seems right for something frozen.

  45. I’d take red, since it’s my favorite color. :)

  46. I love popsicles like this for healthy snacks. They’re so convenient for making ahead and then grabbing when you’re hungry. Love the banana and coconut combo too :)

  47. I’d probably go for the red or blue. But my daughter’s favorite color is purple, and since the popsicle would most definitely be for her, I guess I have to choose purple! ;)

  48. I love the simple ingredients in these. Coconut milk is wonderful and I love cardamom.

  49. I’ve wanted a popsicle maker for a while. I love making healthy treats, and this would be perfect for that. Your banana cream popsicles sound great! As for the color, I’d go with purple!

  50. Seriously, my kids would go crazy for these popsicles! I would go with orange!

  51. I think the blue and purple colors are the best.
    This one looks so much better than the cheap ones from the dollar store!

  52. The purple one is great. Nice recipe!

  53. These pops sound delish – love the spices!

  54. Wow, your photography is so gorgeous. These popsicles look great!!!

  55. These look positively delicious! I adore your blog and you are officially added to my Google Reader :D

  56. I so wanted to try it, it looks delicious and tasty, yummy

  57. I love icey poles (which is what there called in Australia) I find there even a great breakfast on the way to work! The only issue I have is when it gets to 40 + degrees things tend to get a little melty….
    Have you ever tried doing it with Almond/ Soy milk?

  58. Ooh, yum! I have never made popsicles, but this one looks too good to pass up.

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