This is the easiest thing to make, ever. Frozen banana pops are one of the things I keep stocked all the time.
When the kids get off the school bus, I am just getting home from work. I need a healthy snack that they will gobble down. Banana pops are the perfect answer. At least they buy me a few minutes until I can rustle up something else.
We live in the country, and don’t have many neighbors. But the few houses around us are mostly families with school-aged kids. So it’s common for me to have as many as 6 boys under the age of 10 running around the house after school on any given day.
The pops can be as simple as peeling a banana, cutting it in half, stick in a popsicle stick and freeze. Ta-da! That’s what I do most of the time. About once a month, we like to slow down and have the kids make “extra fancy” banana pops. It is so fun and easy and it seems to reignite their interest in this evergreen, standby snack.
This recipe uses yogurt and nuts. You can add anything you can think of. Try shredded coconut or caramelized hazelnut bits. Yum! Ask the kids to each come up with their own banana pop toppings or flavors, and you will be amazed. Chili lime banana pops anyone?
- At least 1 firm ready-to-eat banana, not too browned. Each banana makes 2 pops so you can decide how many you want to make at any time.
- Plain or vanilla yoghurt. Enough for dipping.
- Crushed nuts. Almonds and hazelnuts work great.
- Peel banana(s) and cut in half
- Insert popsicle stick into the cut end of the banana
- Dip or roll banana pop in yogurt
- Sprinkle on nuts (or other toppings)
- Place on waxed paper
- Freeze for at least 2 hours until hardened
- Enjoy right away, or wrap in plastic and keep in the freezer.
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