Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Frozen Banana Yogurt Pops

The other day we were flipping through the Dole 5 a day kid's mini cookbook and we came across something the girls wanted to try right away!  It looked like a Popsicle dessert on a stick, only it was made with fruit and yogurt (and a tiny bit of sprinkles). Hooray!

Fun and delicious - A frozen banana yogurt pop
First we assembled our ingredients:  Some yogurt, bananas, wooden Popsicle sticks, sprinkles, a cookie sheet and some wax paper.  You will also need enough freezer space for the entire pan to chill for a few hours.

First, grab a child and a reasonably dull butter knife and let them peel and then slice the banana in half

My four year old and her fine slicing abilities
Next (grown ups might want to do this part) hold the half of banana in one hand and firmly but gently push a wooden Popsicle stick into the center of the banana.   You want it in the pretty far and at the same time, not punch through any of the sides.  The directions at this point say to pour yogurt on a plate and roll the banana around.  Hello, have you seen a banana?  It's weird and curvy in spots.  I thought rolling would be messy, not efficient, and would waste yogurt.  I thought dipping would be a better route.  

A new container of yogurt works great, as it's all the way up to the top
The only trouble with dipping this way is that the banana might slip off the stick from the weight of the yogurt.  So if you dip be sure to have an adult (or your free hand) hold onto the base of the banana as it goes it and guide it back out.  That way you won't have to go fishing for banana chunks at the bottom of the yogurt container.  Once dipped, you can hold it over the plate and add some fun colored sprinkles.

This was their favorite part, well, right next to eating these of course!

Have a cookie sheet lined with wax paper ready and place the banana dip pops on them while other people take their turn at dipping.

My middle child only likes vanilla yogurt, so that's why we had two different flavors.  Made it very pretty though.

Once you have completed all your treats, it's time to pop them in the freezer for a few hours!

I thought the yogurt would slide off before we could get them in the freezer, but it surprisingly stayed in place
After a few hours they are ready to go.  We decided to eat these in the back yard.

A sweet treat the kids will actually ask for!

These were fun, healthy, and pretty easy to make.  I have to say the girls had so much fun they have already been eying my newly bought bananas and asked if we can make these again. Like NOW.

My little budding chefs love making things in the kitchen!
This little treat is a win win for everyone.  Kids get to make their own snack.  It's sweet, and fun, and moms can rest easy because it's made from bananas and yogurt... well and a bit of sprinkles... but hey what is life without a few SPRINKLES!

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