It’s not officially summer here in Virginia yet, but the weather is telling me otherwise. Next week is supposed to be in the 90’s and everyone knows there’s nothing a pregnant woman likes to do more than chase small children around in the summer heat. Whoop whoop! No worries; we’ll be beating the heat with sprinklers, splash toys and cool treats in the front yard. (We are totally that redneck family in our neighborhood, whatevs).
My 3 year old is crazy for those tall ice pops in the plastic wrapper. It’s a good time until she takes her first bite and then the ice pop “isn’t working” and tears begin annddd.. meltdown. Threenager probz. Plus I don’t thoroughly enjoy pumping my kids with red dye 40 often, especially when I’m home alone with them during the day. #outnumbered
So I figured we could at least incorporate a fruit into our beat-the-heat treat. Bananas — Frozen bananas! Covered in sprinkles and M&M’s.. because kids. (& pregnancy cravings are real).
What you’ll need:
Bananas, popsicle sticks, any kind of yogurt/fruit pack & toppings (we used M&Ms, sprinkles, peanuts & mini chocolate chips)
I also ended up using parchment paper to easily remove frozen bananas and vanilla greek yogurt to combine with the fruit pack mixture.
Let’s do this!
Step one: Cut the bananas in half and insert one popsicle stick into each cut end of the bananas.
Step two: Squeeze out your fruit pack and mix in greek yogurt.
(If you’re a super cool mom, your squeeze pack IS yogurt and you don’t have to mix anything!)
Step three: Coat your bananas completely with the fruit pack/yogurt mixture and place them on a plate. Cover your plate with parchment paper first if you like things in life to be easy.
Step four: Decorate!
(aka: Silently cringe at the site of your toddler dumping all of the toppings into one spot on the bananas)
Step five: Freeze your masterpieces for about 3 hours.
(We froze ours for more like an hour because we just couldn’t wait to get out on the front porch and enjoy them!)