Wednesday, June 1, 2016

2 Ingredient Banana Nutella Pops

Summer can be a sugary time, what with the snow cones, cotton candy, popsicles, ice cream, and so forth. It’s tough to stay cool without loading up on sweets. But I'm not going to give up on what makes summer so much fun!

One summer treat I love from my childhood are Creamies. They are creamy ice-cream-like popsicles that are available in the west, but apparently not as far west as the Portland area... I miss them. These pops really remind me of Creamies, which is an awesome thing! They're more nutritious, too, and as easy to make as it would be to drive to the store to get some -- if they sold them here, that is.

I love this recipe because it makes me feel so sneaky: First, it feels like a complete cheat, as there are only two ingredients, neither of which are cream, and yet they are dreamily creamy. And it's so easy, your toddler or preschooler can help you every (quick and easy) step of the way.  When I hand it off to the kids, they feel like they are getting a sugary treat, when in reality they're mostly getting a healthy banana. Sneaky mom for the win! Oh, yes, and they’re husband-approved, too!


2-Ingredient Banana Nutella Pops

2 large bananas
1/4 c. Nutella

Peel bananas and cut into chunks. Place on a plate and freeze several hours or overnight -- until banana chunks are completely frozen. Put frozen bananas and the Nutella in a blender or food processor and process until completely smooth. Pour or scoop into popsicle molds of your choice, and freeze until firm. When ready to serve, run molds under cool water to release the popsicles.

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