Summer may have ended, but I banana pops are a great treat all year round. These tasty looking, sweet- smelling pops will have your kids begging you to give them their fruit. Frozen bananas are a great way to teach your kids that the healthy foods do not have to taste nastily. You can even get your kids involved for a better learning experience. Snack time doesn’t have to mean junk time.
What You Will Need:
- Popsicle Sticks
- Butter Knife
- Cutting Board
- A Large Plate
- Chocolate pudding
- Peanut or Almond Butter
- Dried Fruit Pieces (eg. raisins, mango, strawberries)
- Cocoa Powder
- Peel all of your bananas and cut them in half with a butter knife. Place your cut and peeled bananas on a plate, or just leave it on the cutting board.
- Stick one Popsicle stick in the middle, through the biggest end of each banana. Dip the banana in some yogurt or pudding, and sprinkle some dried fruit, nuts or sprinkles on top. Put the completed bananas on one large plate, or several smaller ones.
- Place the decorated bananas in the freezer for 3 to 4 hours, or overnight.
Eat these tasty pops all year. You can dip the bananas in almost anything that sounds good. Let your imagination run wild. Encourage your kids to help you invent a new kind of pop, a s’mores pop, perhaps, with rolled oats instead of graham cracker crumbs. Try replacing the bananas with other fruits, apples and strawberries, maybe? By using healthy ingredients to make fun snacks, your kids will learn to value healthy eating habits, and will be more likely to choose the healthier options in the future.