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.
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Low fat granola
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.
- Dark chocolate chips
- Unsweetened coconut flakes
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.
- Almond butter
- Chia seeds
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.
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?