I have been working with Dole for over three years now, and I am so honored to be an official Dole ambassador for 2015! I’m also really excited to announce the launch of Dole’s “Get Up and Grow!” campaign and tour! All of my bunnies know that I am a huge advocate for “eating more rabbit food” and getting as many fruits and vegetables into your diet as possible. You’ve seen me hide spinach in everything from smoothies to brownies and it’s no secret that I love introducing my readers to healthier options. That’s why I’m so excited for Dole’s “Get Up and Grow!” campaign and initiative to directly challenge the public to adopt a healthier daily routine including eating more fresh fruits and vegetables!

The Dole “Get Up and Grow” tour caravans are making roughly 480 stops at supermarkets and special events throughout the U.S. and Canada this summer that you won’t want to miss!

“Multiple colorful Get Up and Grow! Tour caravans with rolling kitchens will deliver innovative new recipes, product samples, a do-it-yourself smoothie bar, free giveaways for the whole family and other activities specifically created to showcase the fun, flavor and preparation possibilities of fresh fruit and vegetables and a plant-based diet. Visitors can also present a grocery receipt showing a qualifying level of DOLE® fresh purchase to receive a limited-edition, commemorative Get Up and Grow! item.

The new recipes available for sampling range from the Banana and Blue, Breakfast Smoothie, Power Punch Smoothie and Spinach-Avocado Hummus to the Grilled Banana Parfait, Southwestern Gazpacho, Caesar’s Bounty Salad and Charred Summer Salad, which Dole has proclaimed 2015’s “Official Salad of Summer.”

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I’m really into snacks, they literally make the world go round. My absolute worst snack attacks usually hit at about 3pm and midnight (I know, it’s so bad) and although I try to avoid the midnight snacking by sipping on herbal tea, the midday hunger is unavoidable. 3pm is that awkward time in-between lunch and dinner when you don’t want to eat something heavy and spoil your dinner, but you need something to give you energy and nourish your brain and body to get you through the next few hours. This is when Banana Power Pops are the perfect little energizing snack. Natural sugars and potassium from bananas, antioxidants and caffeine from dark chocolate, and nourishing plant based fats from the nut and seed toppings make a winning combo to power you up and give you a dose energy! They also make a great cool treat during the hot summer when kept in the freezer!

Power snack or dessert? You decide!

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Dole Banana Power Pops

1 Dole Banana
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or vegan chocolate chips
Toppings: shredded coconut, sliced almonds, chia seeds, raisins, oats.
Lollipop Sticks

1. Peel and slice banana into half inch thick slices.
2. Melt chocolate in a saucepan over medium heat.
3. Place a lollipop stick in each banana slice.
4. Dip each banana slice one by one into dark chocolate and sprinkle with desired topping.
5. Place dipped banana slices on wax paper and place in the freezer until hardened. Enjoy cold.

Dole-Get-Up-and-Grow-Ambassador-Facebook-ChatI am hosting a Facebook chat this Thursday, June 11 at 5pm PDT (8pm EST!) on the Dole Facebook page! Make sure to stop by, chat, and ask me questions!

Health & Happiness
xo-Catherine

17 Comments on Dole Banana Power Pops

  1. evolvewithmary
    June 9, 2015 at 10:38 pm (2 years ago)

    Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy, I love bananas, they are my savior in the middle of the night when I need something sweet, I like the idea of Banana power pops! Bravo Catherine <3

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  2. Vicky
    June 11, 2015 at 11:09 am (2 years ago)

    I love love love this idea!!! It’s so easy to make and best of all, they’re incredibly tasty!! I wonder if there’s an eco-friendly version of lollipop sticks though… something that could be re-used and not made from plastic!

    Congrats Catherine on being an official Dole ambassador for 2015! You rock, gurl! =)

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  3. Rosemary
    June 28, 2015 at 11:48 pm (2 years ago)

    Congrats Catharine on being Dole’s 2015 ambassador! And they made the prefect choice from the looks of things.

    Your banana pops are great! Not only is it great for us adults but the kids will love them too!

    I wanted to ask, if I wanted to serve these straight away without freezing them. How would you keep your bananas from going brown? Maybe drip them in a bit of lemon or orange juice before dipping them in the chocolate?

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  4. Katie
    June 29, 2015 at 9:11 am (2 years ago)

    I just wanted to let you know I came upon your blog a couple weeks ago and I love your recipes. I’m kind of obsessed with all the smoothies which are amazing. I’ve been looking for ways to eat healthier and keep failing but your recipes are totally inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. evolvewithmary
    July 6, 2015 at 1:39 pm (2 years ago)

    I miss you Catharine! I hope all is well, enjoy your summer.

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  6. Brit
    July 9, 2015 at 1:40 pm (2 years ago)

    Just discovered your blog today, and I think you have great recipes and I love the way you write! Now to spend a few hours reading posts from way back…hehe 🙂

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  7. Bunny Box
    July 20, 2015 at 3:58 am (2 years ago)

    wow these look delicious will be trying these out

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  8. offfindingsparks
    July 21, 2015 at 4:51 pm (2 years ago)

    So making this for my next dinner party!!

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  9. Caitlynn Felias
    July 23, 2015 at 10:54 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Catherine! I recently found your blog and I’m in love with it! I was wondering if you had any tips for college students? Also, are your 2014 long sleeve shirts and beanies going to be in stock again in the future? They are so cute!

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  10. ellen
    August 14, 2015 at 2:26 am (2 years ago)

    Hey!!! We miss you…where have you been 🙂

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  11. Allecs
    August 31, 2015 at 12:48 pm (2 years ago)

    I miss your posts!

    Reply
  12. Amanda
    September 3, 2015 at 5:45 am (2 years ago)

    Have you ended your blog and IG? It dwindled down to pictures of your hands and feet then nothing. Please update us!

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  13. Lisa G.
    September 16, 2015 at 6:20 am (2 years ago)

    Hello Catherine! I am a long time reader and really miss your posts. I think of you often and hope all is well. We all need a break now and again, no matter what the reason. Just wanted to let you know that you have a lot of fans thinking of you and missing you 🙂 Sending love!

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    • Catherine
      September 22, 2015 at 8:19 pm (2 years ago)

      Awwwww thank you so much, Lisa!!! You are so sweet, I appreciate you so much 🙂 I’ll be back soon <3

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  14. Tabitha
    October 23, 2015 at 11:12 am (1 year ago)

    I’m so inspired by you!! I love how REAL you are. I just found you last week and I’ve been obsessed with all your recipes, gorgeous photos and contagious positive attitude. Hope you are well and can’t wait to see more posts! 🙂

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  15. Denise
    December 3, 2015 at 1:03 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow what a great idea! I will be making some banana pops for me and the grandkids. This would be fun to make with a little older child. Thank you for the recipe! Wahooo!

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