Banana-Raspberry Pops: Summer Fun on a Stick

by Christina Stanley

Frozen pops are a favorite summer treat around our house. Long before those hot days roll around, my son is already focused on making these delicious snacks. Truth be told, we have some in the freezer all year long, but that doesn’t make them any less fun in the summer.

If using wholesome ingredients, frozen pops are a great way to get more fruit and dairy into your kids’ diets. You can customize them to suit your tastes and dietary needs, and the possible combinations are nearly endless. If your favorite fruits aren’t in season, frozen fruit is a great alternative. You can also swap out any dairy with soy, rice or almond milk, or just leave the dairy out altogether for a super fruity pop.

Banana-Raspberry Pops

Makes 4 (3 oz.) pops

Ingredients:

1/2 cup plain kefir or yogurt

1 cup raspberries

1 banana

1 tbsp. honey (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Pour mixture into purchased molds (or 4 paper cups with sticks) and freeze for at least 6 hours.
  3. If you have trouble getting the pops out of the mold, run them under warm water for a few seconds to loosen them.

Don’t feel limited to the flavor combo above, there are tons of ways to put your own spin on what you make. Feel free to use your imagination or try something like watermelon-lime, or blueberry-cherry. You can even fill the molds with your favorite homemade pudding and freeze.