Healthy home made popsicles the whole family will love
These choc banana popsicles remind me of our Aussie Paddle Pops, so kids and adults alike are going to love them! They’re made with simple, wholesome ingredients.
As we head into Summer (depending which side of the world you’re on), we naturally start thinking more about frozen treats. So I thought it was time to give you some healthier options.
If you search the internet, you’ll find plenty of dairy free or sugar free ice cream recipes. I’ve tried quite a few and in my humble opinion, I don’t think they’re worth the effort unless you have an ice cream maker.
It doesn’t seem to matter how many times you stir the mixture during the freezing process, you just don’t get a very good result without an ice cream maker.
So let me share some much simpler ideas with you here, along with my simple popsicle recipe, a guaranteed hit with kids and adults alike.
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A little bit of prep makes frozen treats easy
One of the easiest ways to make a healthy frozen treat is to simply blend up frozen fruit. Bananas work very well as a base ingredient, then mix with other fruits like berries and mangos.
You can probably use just about any fruit as long as you follow a couple of basic common sense rules. The most important thing you need to do is prepare the fruit before you freeze it – that means, peeling, hulling, removing stones, pips etc, washing and chopping it.
That might sound obvious, but the first time I froze a punnet of strawberries I forgot about hulling them. It wasn’t a disaster, but I had to take extra time to partially defrost them so I could hull them and then they were good to go!
Banana nice cream
You can buy frozen dessert makers from department store chains like Kmart, Big W and Target very cheaply – I used to have one that did a pretty good job. But you don’t really need one, a powerful blender or food processor will do the job just as well.
As long as you remember to keep a supply of frozen fruit in your freezer, you’ll always have a fast, healthy treat or dessert on hand.
You’ll find my easy BANANA NICE CREAM recipe here.
I highly recommend experimenting with combining different fruits for different flavours and adding ingredients like yoghurt, honey, peanut butter or ricotta cheese for a creamier consistency. You can also add some texture and crunch with chocolate chips, nuts, granola, etc.
Make your own fruity popsicles
The other great way to use frozen fruit is to make delicious fruit icy poles and popsicles. You can buy the moulds from department stores and kitchen shops. Making your own will save you buying the commercial ones that are full of added sugar, artificial flavours, colours and other nasties.
The simplest icy pole recipe is to squeeze a bag of fresh oranges, pour the juice into your moulds, and freeze. Again, I recommend experimenting with fruit and fruit juice combinations and you will get some recipes with your moulds when you buy them.
Remember that most juices you buy will have added sugar. They may also contain preservatives, colours and/or be made from reconstituted powder. So it’s worth the effort of squeezing the juice yourself, to keep your icy poles and popsicles lower in sugar and generally healthier.
Give my MANGO ICE CREAM POPS recipe a try – the mango can easily be swapped out with strawberries to make delicious strawberries and cream popsicles.
Tips for making these choc banana Paddle Pop style popsicles
- Chocolate protein powder makes the popsicles extra chocolately, but don’t worry if you don’t have any, use plain or vanilla and double the amount of cacao powder.
- Greek yoghurt gives the popsicles a bit of tang, so use cream or coconut cream if you want sweeter popsicles.
- You can always add a teaspoon or two of honey or maple syrup if you’re making these for kids or anyone with a extra sweet-tooth!
- To remove popsicles from moulds, run under warm-hot water for a few secs.
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Now let’s get to the choc banana paddle pops
CHOC BANANA POPSICLES aka PADDLE POPS
- 2 ripe bananas roughly, chopped
- 2 scoops chocolate protein powder AND
- 2 tbsp cacao powder OR
- 2 scoops plain protein powder, with 4 tbsp cacao powder
- ½ cup plain Greek yoghurt, cream or coconut cream
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- ⅔ cup milk of your choice
- Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and fully mixed.
- You can make these popsicles by hand if you don't have a blender. Just mash the bananas first, in a large bowl, then add the other ingredients and mix thoroughly.
- Pour the mixture into popsicle moulds, and place in the freezer to set, at least 3-4 hours, or overnight.
**NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION IS ESTIMATED AND SHOULD ONLY BE USED AS A GUIDE.
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