It’s truly starting to feel like summertime outside! I’m ready for the laid-back days of summer and all the yummy treats that come along with this season of the year. I love watermelon, ice cream, frozen coffee and a cold beer, but I’m not a huge fan of conventional Popsicles and ice pops. Most of them have food coloring, too much sugar, high-fructose corn syrup or other unnecessary additives. So instead of buying them from the store, I’ve started making them at home. Today’s recipe is one of my all-time favorites. These creamy banana almondine ice pops are not only scrumptious but also healthy and very easy to make.
Below is the recipe. We don’t have gluten allergies in my family, but I try to eat low-gluten because it increases my energy level and helps alleviate bloating. If you’re like me or if you have a gluten intolerance, you’ll be happy to know these banana almondine ice pops are gluten-free. Also, you can substitute peanut butter for the almond butter and other types of milk for the almond milk. I just happen to be obsessed with almonds. I grabbed these BPA-free ice pop molds from the story the other day, but you can use any molds you like. These make small ice pops which are great for kids. Be sure the ice pops freeze all the way before trying to remove from the mold.
- 3 bananas
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup almond milk, or water
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Combine all ingredients in the blender and blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Taste as you blend to adjust sweetness with the honey. Remember that the ice pops will be less sweet when frozen.
- Pour the batter into ice pop molds and freeze for at least six hours.
- Place molds in warm water to loosen, pop out ice pops, and store in a sealed container in freezer until ready to serve.
The dog days of summer are quickly approaching and with the kids home more often, we parents need to be equipped with a realm of tasty, healthy snacks. Be sure to add these banana almondine ice pops to your snack list. The ingredients are super healthy and gluten-free, but these ice pops are very flavorful and creamy. They’re so yummy I feel like I should feel guilty eating them. I have to remind myself how healthy they are. Even my five-year old likes them and he normally doesn’t like “healthy food.” I hope you have a lot of fun summer plans and that you love this snack as much as we do. Enjoy!