About a little more than half way through this month, I had blogged about Frozen Yogurt covered Strawberry Popsicle. While I personally endorse feeding nutrition rich, low calorie, healthy whole foods to my kin, I observed and realized that like most kids, my little girl J resisted treats that were wholesome and totally healthy. On the other hand, I was soon becoming the only soul in my house who had to stuff and overdose herself with all foods super healthy. Because “super healthy treats” didn’t seem too appealing for the rest of the beings living with me! It seems they weren’t as pleasing. So while I was on my couch chewing most of the yogurt covered strawberries I made last time, I knew I had to think of an alternative that could strike the right balance between being kid friendly and being appropriate nutrition-wise.
Moreover, J was slowly drifting away from eating fruits. With her taste buds growing more fond of the naughty foods around, she was losing interest in fruits. I could always cover-coat whole fruits with chocolate and make them lucrative baits. But that wasn’t the point. Long term, it wasn’t a solution. I needed a better healthy way out. Something guilt-free that I can make often.
I experimented with flavored yogurt to make them just as pleasing and used them to coat whole fruits and freezed. The outcome received a warm applause and cheer from J’s gang of friends. Husbandman and I did get a small share too. The flavored yogurt makes a smooth soft and silky coat on the fruits. I have used all kinds of fruits! Then there are so many ways how I could flavor the yogurts. Happy experiments, happier by products and happiest little ones. What else makes a great summer play time more fun, more colorful? And these lollies are certain to catch many a drooling grown-ups too! It’s a wonderful treat. Meanwhile, you all have a great rest of the week…
You Will Need⇒
Makes 4 Banana Lollies
- 2 ripe Bananas (or any other whole fruit of choice)
- 3 tbsp thick Greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp granulated cane sugar (or adjusted to taste)
- Yogurt flavor: 2 tbsp thick coconut milk or 2 tbsp cacao powder or 1 heaped tbsp grated fresh/dessicated coconut or 1 tbsp Rooh Afza or 2 tbsp grated and shaved chocolate or 1 tbsp of your favorite fruit pureed (if working with Rooh Afza, sweet chocolate shaves or fruit puree, use only 1 tbsp sugar)
- For Garnish: Grated and shaved Chocolate or chocolate chips, or crushed granola or candy sprinkles or crushed breakfast cereals or chopped nuts, raisins or grated fresh/desiccated coconut (and you may also use more than 1 garnish together!)
- 4 Popsicle sticks (more if using smaller whole fruits)
- In a bowl, mix together yogurt, sugar and the flavor of your choice. I used coconut milk.
- Peel and slice the bananas into 2 halves (you may not need to halve smaller fruits).
- Insert popsicle sticks into fruit-bottoms.
- Using a spoon, place sufficient yogurt mix on the fruits to coat. Using the spoon or frosting spatula or a palette knife, spread the yogurt mixture as evenly on the fruit. Gently turn the banana lolly and cover the other side with yogurt mixture in a similar way. [If you are using a firm fruit, you may also try holding down the popsicle stick and dipping the fruit into yogurt mixture to coat.]
- Garnish the whole fruit lolly with your favorite topping. I used milk chocolate shaves and some butterfly and sweetheart sprinkles!
- Freeze the fruit lollies in freezer for at least 4-6 hours. If too hard and frozen, let it stand for 5 minutes to make it tooth-friendly before serving.
**Storage/consumption: After about 10 hours of freezing in a freezer, place the lollies into a freezer bag (ziploc) and store in freezer. This prevents the yogurt coat from losing all moisture and drying too much. If you aren’t storing them in freezer bags, it is best to consume within 2 days of making these lollies. When stored in bags in a freezer, these lollies should keep well for a couple weeks. However, at our’s, these are made and quickly gone…so we have never been able to store them any more than a handful days!