In this Texas heat, a person just wants to eat ice cream, but that same person (who could she be?) doesn't enjoy exercising after 10am when the temperatures rise. These popsicles offer a beautifully sweet and not-as-sugary treat, alternating between creamy frozen liquid portions with a subtle, sweet banana cream cheese flavor and chewy chocolate coconut chunks. These measurements are my recommendations for where to begin, although I usually taste test the liquid and chocolate chunk portions before pouring into the mold to check for desired sweetness and creamy-ness levels. I hope you enjoy! —lydiaencyclopda
To toast the coconut: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a baking sheet, spread out the coconut flakes. Depending on the size of the flakes, bake in oven for 2-5 minutes until flakes turn golden brown. It's important to watch to make sure they don’t burn; small flakes take about 2 minutes, thicker ones can take 5). Set aside in a small dish.
While the flakes are toasting, add all of the banana cream cheese ingredients set to blender. Puree or liquefy until all ingredients are combined. Set aside.
To make the chocolate coconut chunks: In a small bowl, combine the coconut oil, cocoa powder, and golden syrup. Stir well. Taste to check for flavor and readjust ingredients if not enough cocoa/sweetness/etc. Add the coconut flakes to this mixture and stir well to coat the flakes. The mixture should not be dry. Taste the mixture for desired sweetness level and add more of the oil, powder, and syrup if you'd like more of a chocolate shell type appearance in the popsicle versus a chewy chunk texture and appearance.
In the mold, fill each popsicle ¼ full. Then drop in a little bit of the coconut chocolate chunk mixture to each popsicle. Continue alternating the liquid and chunks until the molds are full. Freeze well.
Tip: If you expect to save some popsicles for later instead of eating them all at once, in order to conserve water, instead of running the mold under warm water every time you want a popsicle, fill a bowl with warm water and remove all frozen popsicles at once, set on a dish, and leave in the freezer.