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|amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Saturated Fat 1g||4%|
|30 mg||1 %|
|dietary fiber 2g||5%|
|Total sugar 18g|
|Vitamin C 5 mg||26%|
|Calcium 76 mg||6%|
|iron 0 mg||1 %|
|Potassium 300 mg||6%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) indicates how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories per day is used for general nutritional advice.|
(Nutritional information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)
If you love one-ingredient frozen banana ice cream, you'll love these easy and healthy banana popsicles. They're made with a few simple and fresh ingredients, and you can make them to your liking with a variety of mix-ins and flavors.
The key to making a delicious banana popsicle is using a ripe banana. As bananas ripen, an enzyme called amylase breaks down the starches in the fruit and converts them to sugar, making the bananas sweeter and sweeter as they sit on your countertop. Another enzyme called pectinase breaks down the cell walls in the fruit to soften it. Therefore, when making banana popsicles, riper bananas result in a sweeter, creamier frozen treat. You can even use a frozen ripe banana in this recipe.
This recipe makes two popsicles from one banana, but you can easily double or triple the ingredients to make as many popsicles as you like.
“I think this would be a great way to use bananas that are just starting to transform – a unique treat! I love frozen banana pops and I think you could even dip them in chocolate for an added treat.” -Tracy Wilk
1 Middle ripe banana
1/2 Cup milk
2 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Gather the ingredients.
In a blender or food processor, combine the banana, milk, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract.
Pour the banana mixture into two popsicle molds.
Cover the popsicle molds and place them on a rimmed sheet to keep the popsicle straight in the freezer. Freeze until set, at least 4 hours. To serve, remove from the ice cream molds and enjoy.
If you have popsicle molds handy in your kitchen, they're great for making homemade banana popsicles. However, you can enjoy them without purchasing any special equipment.
- Pour the blended banana mixture into small paper cups.
- Cover each paper cup with aluminum foil and insert a wooden popsicle in the center (the aluminum foil will keep the popsicles upright while freezing).
- Place the paper cups on a baking sheet to keep them level and freeze until set.
- Once you're ready to enjoy the banana popsicles, simply peel off the paper cup and you've got a delicious homemade banana popsicle.
This simple popsicle recipe can be spiced up with many flavor variations:
- Tropical Banana Popsicles: Place 1/4 cup diced mango in blender and substitute coconut extract for vanilla extract.
- Peanut Butter Banana Popsicles: Add 2 tablespoons of peanut butter powder.
- Chocolate Banana Popsicles: Add 1 tablespoon cocoa powder and sprinkle 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips into the popsicle mixture before freezing.
- All Fruits Banana Popsicles: Add 1/4 cup diced pineapple. Replace the vanilla extract with rum extract.
- Strawberry Banana Popsicles: Add 1/4 cup sliced strawberries.
- Green Tea Banana Popsicles: Add 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder.