When my kids come in from a long day of playing outside, the first thing they do is ransack the freezer for a sweet treat to cool them down. But even though I usually stock up on the store- bought staple popsicles, sometimes I prefer to offer them a healthier substitute to beat the heat. When I began brainstorming for a healthy- but delectable- summer delight, I dug through my memory bank and recaptured my teen years, working on hot summer days at Dairy Queen- serving up the customers looking to satisfy their hankering for a sweet novelty. I particularly recall cringing at the sight of the endlessly unloading minivans jam packed with anxiously hungry little leaguers after their victory games.
The whole Dairy Queen team braced themselves, awaiting the inevitable storm that was about to erupt. It was like watching a tornado of uniforms heading towards the door. But the storm died down as each player caught their treats. One of the favorite menu items ordered from these eager eaters was the classic banana split- three mounds of rich vanilla ice cream- one mound covered with smooth chocolate syrup, one with tangy pineapple chunks and one with sweet strawberries. A halved banana was placed on each side of the mountainous dreamy dessert, topped off with a generous portion of whipped cream. Am I making you hungry? But don’t’ touch those car keys just yet- let me finish before you decide to scurry out the door to your local Dairy Queen!
The banana split sounds just about perfect, huh? But however delectable the banana split is, it still didn’t solve my dilemma to find a healthy snack. Thankfully, as it turns out, that minimum wage job at Dairy Queen actually paid off when my ah ha moment inspired me to make this: a banana split yogurt pop. It contains the decadent and refreshing ingredients of a banana split without all the sugary guilt from ice cream. You will be the Mom MVP with your little ones with this winning recipe! When your kids go out to the ball game, they won’t be asking for peanuts and cracker jacks any more. These pops are perfect to pack in a cooler for those family picnics, baseball games and trips to the pool! Warning: may attract neighbor kids and other spectators. Make sure to make enough for extra mouths and extra innings! The flavors will knock your taste buds out of the park!
Homerun Banana Split Yogurt Pops
3 Strawberries, hulled
1 Banana, cut into chunks
1 Tb. Chocolate Syrup
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
16 oz. Vanilla Greek Yogurt
Juice from a 20 oz. can of Pineapple chunks, plus 1/3 of the Pineapples
6-8 Plastic Freezer Pop Molds
Add the strawberries, banana, chocolate syrup, vanilla extract, Greek yogurt, pineapple juice and pineapple chunks into a blender. Blend until mixture is smooth. Disperse equally into freezer molds. Freeze for 8 hours. Before devouring, run each mold under warm water for 30 seconds to easily remove the yogurt pops. Feed to sweaty and ravenous children!
The Humble Homemaker