ParentMap and PCC have partnered to produce an exciting new web series called Healthy Kids Cook, designed to encourage families to make a healthy habit of cooking fresh food together in the kitchen. Each month, PCC Chef Jackie Freeman hosts families in the PCC kitchen to create a healthy and fun-to-make recipe featuring seasonal fruits and vegetables. In this episode, 5-year-old Sameeksha and her mother Padmaja learn how to make frozen banana pops (see full recipe below) — a delicious, nutritious and fun-to-make recipe that even very young children can master.
Recipe: Frozen Banana Pops
A perfect anytime treat, these pops are packed with protein and fiber; yet, they’re so fun and tasty, your kids will love snacking on them!
- 2 organic bananas, peeled and cut in half
- 4 Popsicle sticks
- ½ cup nut butter, hazelnut-chocolate spread or plain or flavored yogurt
- ½ cup topping of choice (see note)
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Carefully insert a opsicle stick into each banana piece. Use a butter knife to cover the banana with the nut butter, spread or yogurt.
Place your toppings in a shallow bowl or plate. Roll the banana in the toppings, using your hands, if necessary, to make sure the banana gets well-coated. Place the coated banana on the parchment paper; repeat with the remaining bananas.
Freeze for 3 hours. Enjoy or store in a sealed bag in the freezer for one week.
Note: Some of our favorite toppings include:
- Granola or cereal (You’ll find a wide selection of granola in our bulk department, including options that are kid-tested and –approved through our PCC Kid Picks program.)
- Crushed nuts or pretzels
- Shredded coconut or other dried fruit (such as raisins and cranberries)
- Sunflower or sesame seeds
Recipe by Jackie Freeman, PCC Chef