A healthy, inexpensive, surprisingly refreshing treat is a Frozen Banana Pop.
I had seen several candy-dipped banana pops on Pinterest, but I really try to limit the amount of (unnecessary) sugar my kids eat, so I never made them. One day, on a playdate at my friend Amy’s house, she asked if everyone wanted a frozen fruit treat. She puled out gallon sized ziplock bags of chopped mango and sliced bananas. All four kids – ages 3 through 6 – LOVED it. But as the fruit melted, it got a bit sticky and messy.
This Creative Solution came from putting those two ideas together. I picked up some popsicle sticks, peeled the bananas, cut them in half, inserted a popscicle stick, and froze them.
It became the perfect healthy treat on a hot summer afternoon – especially in Houston. One of my friends’ kids thought it was so delicious he insisted I give his mom the recipe. She called to say, “It’s just a banana. Cut in half. On a stick. Frozen. That’s the recipe?” Yep.
As Halloween came around, Pinterest specifically had a lot of white-candy covered, frozen banana pops made to look like ghosts. Armed with the knowledge that the kids didn’t need the candy-coating to love the frozen-banana-on-a-stick, I went wild and popped a couple mini-chocolate chips in as the eyes. (Enjoy Life brand is gluten and dairy free.)
Thus was born my Creative Solution: the healthy, easy “Boo-Nana Pop”
Once you put a couple mini-chocolate chips on the frozen banana, two things happen: (1) the kids go even more crazy for the treat, and (2) there’s really no turning back. So I came up with a few varieties:
Snow-Manana pop for all winter months (can also double as a “Smiling Manana”)
Easter Bunnana pop with two eyes, a nose, and a slit in the top of the banana to make two ears
Dalmation Banana Pop / Polka-Dot Banana Pop for the in-between-seasons.
The possibilities are endless. One day I may even let my boys design own banana pops!
A few of my own guidelines:
- Use mini-chocolate chips: they are easier to insert into the banana without breaking AND ultimately involve less sugar.
- Put a firm limit of 5 to 8 mini-chocolate chips into a banana pop. Keep this healthy treat healthy!
- Craft sticks work as popsicle sticks, unless they note that they aren’t food safe.
Let me know if you can adapt this to find your own Creative Solution.