Bananas are one of the world’s most popular fruits, so it should come as no surprise that one of the most beloved treats for kids and adults alike is the classic banana popsicle. Today, creators are getting more creative with their popsicle recipes, including the banana popsicle.
These cool treats have been enjoyed during hot summer days since the 1950s, and because they are so easy to make, they remain a favorite to this day. This article will outline the ingredients, tips, and tricks you need to know to make delicious banana popsicles of your own.
Making banana popsicles is an easy process that requires just a few basic ingredients. The main component, naturally, is the bananas, but you’ll also need a sweetener of your choice. This could be honey, sugar, agave nectar, or maple syrup – whatever your preference. You’ll also need milk or a milk alternative, as well as yogurt, either vanilla or plain. Topping it off, a teaspoon of natural or artificial flavor of your choice should give you the perfect tasting popsicle.
Once you have all the ingredients, you’ll also need a few items to help put it all together. These include a blender, popsicle molds, and wooden sticks. You can purchase these items or, if you’re feeling creative, you can use other items for popsicle molds. Examples include silicone molds, ice cube trays, Dixie cups, or even just biscuits.
Put It All Together
Creating the perfect banana popsicle is easy and requires few steps. First, start by blending 1-2 ripe bananas with a teaspoon of sugar, honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar in your blender. If you’re looking for something a bit sweeter, you can add a tablespoon of almond butter or peanut butter.
Once they are all blended together and smooth, add the milk, yogurt, and flavorings of your choice. Blend until all the ingredients combine and the consistency is creamy and smooth.
Next, pour your banana mixture into the popsicle molds. Place the molds in the freezer for about an hour. After an hour, insert the wooden sticks. If you didn’t add too much liquid, the popsicles should be ready after an additional hour in the freezer. If possible, try to leave the banana popsicles in the freezer overnight to ensure they are completely frozen.
Tips and Tricks
Making banana popsicles is a simple and fun process, but here are a few tips to make the most out of your recipes. First, choose ripe bananas for the best flavor. If you use overly ripened bananas, they will end up brown and mushy in the blender.
To make the popsicles delicious and calorie conscious, try making a low-calorie version with whole milk and Greek yogurt, and limit the amount of sweetener.
If you’re looking to add some variety, you can add other flavors such as peanut butter and chocolate, strawberry and cream, coconut, or even strawberry and banana. Another way to mix things up is to add a swirl of crushed roasted almonds, chopped dates, raisins, or any nut of your choice. Just add half of the banana mixture to the mold, sprinkle on your desired topping, then pour the rest of the mixture on top.
For a creamier version, try using heavy cream or coconut cream, both of which tend to be a bit sweeter than whole or 2% milk.
These treats will keep in the freezer for up to one month. When ready for consumption, simply run the mold(s) under warm water for a few seconds and the popsicle will come out easily.
Making banana popsicles is a fun and easy way to cool down with a healthy and tasty treat. This classic summer snack will never go out of style, especially as recipes and topping variations continue to be created. So, don’t hesitate in getting creative with your own banana popsicle recipes and have some fun exploring new flavor combinations.