Banana and yogurt ice pops
Prep time:plus chilling time
Total time:plus chilling time
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs: Cheap as chips
These delicious banana ice lollies are really easy to make with the kids and need only 3 ingredients. You'll want to eat them all. Our mummy blogger Anneliese says: 'We don't get to see the sun very often in the UK but, when it does come out to play, we get very excited. The sunglasses go on, the paddling pools are filled and the BBQ comes out. My little boy associates sunshine with ice lollies and ice creams - when a hot day comes along he expects me to dig out an ice lolly from the freezer. We usually buy our lollies but I thought that it would be fun to make our own for a change - I knew he would enjoy it. These banana and yogurt ice pops are unbelievably quick to prepare and it's good to know that they contain just a little honey instead of lots of added sugar, so we can eat them guilt free!'
- 160g Greek yogurt
- 1 ripe banana
- 1tsp runny honey
You will also need:
- 4 small empty and clean kid-sized yogurt pots (the pots I used held 55g of yogurt)
- 4 lollipop sticks
- Small amount of kitchen foil
To make one ingredient banana ice cream you need to slice the banana and freeze the slices. Once frozen you whizz them in a food processor to make really smooth ice cream.
- First of all, double check that the empty yogurt pots have been thoroughly cleaned and dried.
- Take the Greek yogurt from the fridge and ask your little one to help weigh it into a small mixing bowl.
- Your assistant can carefully measure 1 level tsp of runny honey into the mixing bowl, then stir the two ingredients together.
- Mashing the banana is good fun for children so let them take the lead. They can peel off the skin and then place the banana into a little bowl. Using a fork, they can set to work, mashing the banana until it's as smooth as they can make it. You may need to help with the last little bit!
- Now your child can use a spoon to scoop up the mashed banana and mix it into the Greek yogurt and honey mixture.
- As the yogurt pots are quite small, it's best to use a teaspoon when spooning the yogurt mixture into the pots. You may end up with a messy worktop otherwise, but I suppose that's what kitchen towels and wipes are for!
- Once your pots are all equally filled with the yogurt mixture, turn your attention to the foil.
- Use scissors to cut out square pieces of foil, just a little larger than the top of the yogurt pots. Place the foil pieces over the top of each pot to cover the yogurt, then press the edges of the foil under the 'lip' of the pot to seal.
- With a sharp knife, cut a little slit into the middle of each foil lid.
- Your little helper can now place the lollipop sticks into each hole in the foil and down into the yogurt mixture.
- That's it, you've finished! All that's left to do is to place the yogurt ice pops into the freezer for an hour or two, or you could freeze overnight if need be. It depends how long your child will wait.
- When you are ready to eat your banana and yogurt ice pops, take the from the freezer and leave to stand for 10 – 20 minutes to soften. Then ease them out from the plastic yogurt pots and enjoy!