4 Banana Ways to Celebrate Nutrition Month & Frozen Foods Month


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Left to right: Mini Chocolate-Covered Banana Mini-Pops; Breakfast Banana Pop; Chocolate Confetti Banana Pop; Peanutty Banana Pop

Image provided by Cindy Silver, MS, RD, LDN

Two of my favorite themes are celebrated in March — Nutrition Month and Frozen Foods Month. I decided that putting them together would be a fun opportunity to pair frozen + nutritious and came up with a kid-friendly treat that I call a Banana Pop. You can call it that or call it a banana popsicle — whichever you like.

Here are four recipes that turn a common, nutritious banana into a frozen treat that will light up your child’s eyes and delight her/his growling stomach. The great thing about Banana Pops is that they work all spring and summer long. So, start practicing now!

Each Banana Pop Recipe Makes 1 serving

What You Need

Peanutty Banana Pop

½ banana

2 tablespoons peanut butter

3 tablespoons chopped walnuts

 

Breakfast Banana Pop

½ banana

3 tablespoons vanilla Greek yogurt

3 tablespoons granola

 

Chocolate Confetti Banana Pop

½ banana

¼ cup dark chocolate morsels

¼ teaspoon coconut oil

2 tablespoons rainbow sprinkles

 

What You Do

1. For all Banana Pops, get out Skewers and Parchment paper.

2. For all Banana Pops, take ½ of a banana and place the skewer halfway into the banana.

3. For all Banana Pops, place the banana onto a small parchment paper-lined pan and freeze for 3 or more hours.

4. For Peanutty Banana Pop, spread peanut butter onto frozen banana and sprinkle with walnuts.

5. For Breakfast Banana Pop, spread Greek yogurt onto frozen banana and sprinkle/rub with granola.

6. For Chocolate Confetti Banana Pop, pour chocolate chips onto a plate and put coconut oil on top. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and then repeat until chocolate and coconut oil is melted. Stir. Roll banana into the melted chocolate and then sprinkle the rainbow sprinkles. Allow chocolate to dry before freezing again.

7. For all Banana Pops, freeze for 3 more hours. When ready to serve, allow 10 minutes to thaw before eating.

 

And…Here is the grand finale of frozen banana treats that will light up the eyes of kids and adults, too:

Mini Chocolate-Covered Banana Mini-Pops

1 banana, sliced

¼ cup dark chocolate morsels

¼ teaspoon coconut oil

Toothpicks

Parchment paper

1. Stick toothpick into each banana slice. Place banana slices onto small parchment paper-lined pan and freeze for 3 or more hours.

2. Pour dark chocolate chips onto a plate and put coconut oil on top. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and then repeat until chocolate and coconut oil is melted. Stir up.

3. Dip banana slices into melted chocolate and allow chocolate to dry before freezing again.

4. Freeze for 3 more hours on parchment paper. Serve frozen.

Cindy Silver is a licensed, registered dietitian who is again serving on Piedmont Parent's Fit Family Challenge expert panel. Follow her on FacebookTwitterPinterest and visit her website.

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Cindy Silver is a licensed, registered dietitian. She is the owner of Market Basket Nutrition, a nutrition education business, and is a Nutrition Services Provider for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. She has a master’s degree in Food Science and Nutrition. 

She works with families to help them master the skills of good nutrition for healthier and happier lives. She believes that everyone can improve their nutrition and feel better by taking time to write tasty and healthy menus, get more organized in the grocery store and then cook simple and delicious meals at home. 

She also enjoys fresh air exercise, cooking, gardening, traveling and kids. She lives in Winston-Salem with her husband and their son is a senior at Appalachian State University in beautiful Boone, NC. Visit her website at marketbasketnutrition.com.

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