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Frozen Banana Pops – 2 Ways

1) Yogurt Banana Pops

Ingredients:

2 ripe, firm bananas
1/2 cup vanilla (or fruit-flavoured) yogurt
1/4 cup choose a topping (optional): try granola, crushed graham wafers, sunflower seeds, chopped nuts or crunched cereal

Directions:

  1. Peel bananas and cut each banana in half. Stick a popsicle stick about halfway into the cut end of each banana.
  2. Lay bananas down on a plate covered with waxed or parchment paper.
  3. Use a spoon to cover each banana evenly with yogurt, turning the banana to cover all of it.
  4. Sprinkle topping of your choice over banana, turning it to cover all sides.
  5. Put plate of bananas in freezer until yogurt has hardened, about 2 hours. (Freeze a bit longer if you like the banana completely frozen.) Remove from freezer. Enjoy!

Makes 4 banana pops

2) Chocolate Banana Pops

Ingredients:

2 ripe, firm bananas
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vegetable oil (canola, light olive, coconut)
1/4 cup choose a topping (optional):  chopped nuts, shredded coconut or sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Peel bananas and cut each banana in half. Stick a popsicle stick about halfway into the cut end of each banana.
  2. Lay bananas down on a plate covered with waxed or parchment paper.
  3. Put chocolate chips and vegetable oil in a small microwave-safe bowl. To melt chocolate chips: Microwave for 20 seconds, then stir. Microwave two more times. The chocolate should be totally melted.
  4. Use a spoon to cover each banana evenly with the melted chocolate, turning the banana to cover all of it.
  5. Sprinkle topping of your choice over banana, turning it to cover all sides.
  6. Put plate of bananas in freezer until chocolate has hardened, about 2 hours. (Freeze a bit longer if you like the banana completely frozen.) Remove from freezer. Enjoy!

Makes 4 banana pops

Safety Tip:

Hard food like frozen bananas and chopped nuts are a choking risk for babies. If you make this recipe for your family, offer baby some of the plain ripe banana before you freeze it – just mash or cut it into small pieces.