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Healthy Kids Cook: How to Make Frozen Banana Pops

Published on: February 28, 2014

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!

Serves 4

  • 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)

Preparation

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

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