From Nebraska Extension: Make a cool and refreshing snack this summer with bananas and your favorite toppings. These pops are a great way to use extra bananas and get children helping in the kitchen. print-friendly version:
Ingredients (makes 12 servings):
- 3 large bananas
- 1 carton low-fat Greek or regular-flavored yogurt
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
- Popsicle sticks
- Garnishes (optional):
- dry cereal or granola
- crushed graham crackers
- toasted shredded coconut
- chopped nuts
- colored sprinkles
- chopped dried or fresh fruit
Peel and cut each banana into four chunks. Insert a popsicle stick into each banana chunk. Place on a cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper and freeze for about 30 to 60 minutes.
Remove the bananas from the freezer and dip, one banana at a time, into either the yogurt or melted chocolate, making sure the banana is completely covered. Roll or sprinkle the coated banana in a garnish, if desired. The finished bananas can be eaten immediately or placed back on the baking sheet and frozen.
Once completely frozen, the bananas can be stored in a covered container, for about one week.
Author: Carol Schwarz, MS, RD, Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension in Buffalo County.
For more information on cooking with children, visit Food Fun for Young Children at: http://food.unl.edu/web/fnh/food-fun-for-young-children