Come to find out, you have to keep feeding kids. So I am always looking for snacks that I can make for the maniacs ahead of time to sail through the week with. Now that we are basking in nice weather and sunny days, cool treats are what they will be looking for. I want to be able to make them some “treats” for snacks that I can feel good about feeding them. Banana Berry Yogurt Pops fit that bill.
The maniacs love popsicles and ice cream so I wanted to be able to make them a healthier version of those treats that they will still enjoy.
This is a really simple recipe that comes together quick. I use some popsicle molds that were a gift from my mom. If there is a one use kitchen gadget like a pineapple corer or corn on the cob specific plates my mom owns it. Usually I laugh these gadgets off, preferring to not waste money on single use items but I have to say these molds have turned out to be pretty handy and we use them regularly in the summer months. If you don’t have any molds like these I will also show you how I freeze little “dots” for our littlest maniac.
I start with 1 banana and 1 cup of blueberries. I load them into my food processor and whiz them until they are completely broken down. If you like chunks you can grind them to the consistency you prefer.
After transferring to a mixing bowl I add 2 cups of low fat strawberry Greek yogurt.
The fruit and yogurt is mixed together and I am ready to fill the popsicle molds.
This will make 12 popsicles but I am going to split this recipe and do half as popsicles and half as dots. These go into the freezer now for a couple hours at least.
To make the dots I load the remaining Banana Berry Yogurt mix into a gallon freezer bag. I roll it up tight and clip a little of the corner off with scissors to allow myself to push the yogurt out.
On a sheet of parchment paper on a sheet pan I make little yogurt dots. I make nickle sized dots that are easy for the 10 month old to pop in her mouth.
Once that is done the sheet pan goes into the freezer as well. Once frozen you can transfer to another container to store in the freezer.
Maniac #3 enjoying here Banana Berry Yogurt dots. Needless to say things wouldn’t go well if she watched her big brother and sister enjoying pops with no treat for her! The only downside to the dots is they melt quickly, so it is just a few at a time kind of treat.
Healthy “treats” are in the freezer for the kids and everyone is happy. I might call these Banana Berry Yogurt Pops but to my kids I call them “Frozen Yogurt Treats.” In their minds it conjures up images of beloved frozen yogurt desserts and they are none the wiser to all the fresh fruit loaded in them.
- 1 banana
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 cups low fat strawberry greek yogurt
- In a food processor combine banana and blueberries to a smooth consistency.
- In a mixing bowl combine banana blueberry mix with 2 cups of yogurt.
- Spoon mixture into popsicle molds and freezer.