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Beat the Heat with Frozen Banana Pops

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The dog days of summer are upon us and keeping the kids cool can be a feat all on its own. When they start screaming for ice cream, whip up some of these frozen banana pops for a fun and healthy alternative!

Getting the kids in the kitchen is an all-around win: It’s a fun activity to occupy a summer afternoon (because “bored” is a bad word) and a creative opportunity for kids to play with their food . They’ll have so much fun getting to enjoy the fruits of their labor, plus they may end up even more inspired to help out in the kitchen.

Check out our 3 favorite varieties of this warm-weather favorite below. Make sure to shop organic for these super simple ingredients whenever possible!

Prep your pops by cutting your bananas in half lengthwise and inserting a craft stick into each piece. It also helps to pre-freeze them for up to an hour as it will provide a stronger base.  

Pack in the ProteinFrozen Banana Pops

Ingredients

  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Low fat granola

Directions

Scoop yogurt into a medium sized bowl and carefully dip each banana half, coating thoroughly. Place granola on a plate then roll each dipped banana in the granola. We used a low-fat almond variety, but feel free to use your favorite! The benefit of using plain yogurt is that it pairs well with pretty much anything. Lay pops on a parchment paper covered plate and allow to freeze for about 3 hours.

Satisfy Your Sweet ToothFrozen Banana Pops

Ingredients

Directions

Melt chocolate chips. This can be done on the stovetop over a low heat, or in the microwave using a microwave safe bowl and heating on the lowest setting for about 30-40 seconds. Dip each banana or use a pastry brush to “paint” the chocolate on your banana. Be careful as the chocolate will be hot! Sprinkle coconut flakes on each dipped pop and freeze for at least 30 minutes.

Try Your Nut Butter with a Twistbanana-almond-butter

Ingredients

  • Almond butter
  • Chia seeds

Directions

In a small bowl, mix almond butter with chia seeds until blended thoroughly. The amount of chia that you add can be customized, depending on your preference. Use a spoon or butter knife to spread 2-3 tablespoons of the mixture over each halved banana. Freeze for at least two hours to achieve optimum consistency.

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Frozen banana pops can be stored in a covered container for up to a week or so. This is a fun year-round recipe great as an after-school snack, reduced-guilt dessert, or weekend treat!

What other healthy ways do you like to liven up your bananas?

5 Comments

  1. These are great! Adding some ground cinnamon or cardamom would be a fun way to introduce some new flavors to your little one.

  2. Wonderful idea, Leena! We love finding fun ways to expose kids to new flavors and food pairings.

  3. Me too! I am sort of obsessed with introducing babies to new flavors…herbs, spices and world cuisine. I actually have a baby food blog all about it…www.masalababyfood.wordpress.com. My little one refused to eat anything bland so she was a huge inspiration in creating flavorful meals. Your site is awesome for ideas now that she is 3!

  4. Wow, great site! Introducing kids to different foods at a young age definitely helps to prevent picky eating habits which makes it easier when trying to feed the family. I think it also shows them that healthy can be tasty too! Thanks again for your support.

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