Summer is in full swing here in Arizona. Along with consistent 110 degree days the humidity is also starting to creep up. However, I have news, big news! In less than two weeks my husband and I will be on our way to Denver, Colorado. This won’t just be for a vacation either, we are moving there! I am so excited, stressed, and nervous all at the same time. I have family in Colorado and have been there many times, so in a way it’s my home away from home. Every time I go up to visit it gets harder and harder to come back to the hot dry desert. Don’t get me wrong, I have had many wonderful memories here in Arizona, 29 years worth of them to be exact! The biggest draw Colorado has for my husband and I is all the outdoor things there are to do. We love camping, hiking, and biking together and Colorado has an abundance of trails, mountains, and bike paths for us to explore, not to mention much cooler temperatures to do these activities in! I have also always wanted to live in a place with four seasons and we will definitely get that there. The snow and winter will be the biggest adjustment for us, but we are looking forward too it and already planning our first ski trip. In the meantime with our final weeks here in Arizona we’ve been doing a lot of work on the house, packing, and sweating, lots and lots of sweating! To help us cool off I made this great little snack, Frozen Yogurt Banana Pops.
They are a cold healthy sweet little snack, just what we need to cool off from all the work we’ve been doing. The great thing about these Frozen Yogurt Banana Pops is that they are almost effortless to make and require only a few ingredients.
The ingredients you need are bananas, your favorite flavor of nonfat Greek or regular yogurt, freeze dried strawberries, and Rice Krispies. Bananas are always in abundance at our house as well as Greek yogurt. I also had leftover Rice Krispies from the batch of Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats I had made. The only thing I had to buy was freeze dried strawberries. This was my first time using freeze dried fruit and I loved it! I bought my strawberries at Trader Joe’s (one of my favorite places to shop). They had many other types of freeze dried fruits to choose from so feel free to use whatever sounds tastiest to you.
To make the Frozen Yogurt Banana Pops peel your bananas and slice them in half (not lengthwise). Pour the yogurt out onto a plate. On another plate combine the chopped up freeze dried strawberries and the Rice Krispies. Take a popsicle stick and push it through the bottom of the banana. Roll the banana in the yogurt until it is covered and then roll it through the Rice Krispie and strawberry mixture. Place the banana on a cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper. Once you have made all the banana pops that you want, place them in the freezer for at least an hour or two or until they are frozen. Store them in an airtight container and enjoy whenever you need something cold and sweet! These Frozen Yogurt Banana Pops would also taste great rolled in my Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola or my Chai Spiced Granola.
- 3 large bananas
- 1 container of your favorite flavored Greek or regular yogurt
- 1/2 cup Rice Krispies
- 1/2 cup chopped freeze dried strawberries
- Popsicle sticks
- Peel and cut the bananas in half (not lengthwise).
- Spread the container of yogurt out on a plate.
- Mix together the Rice Krispies and freeze dried strawberries on a large plate.
- Push a popsicle stick through the bottom of each banana half.
- Roll the banana in the yogurt.
- Roll the yogurt covered banana in the Rice Krispie and strawberry mixture.
- Place the finished bananas on a cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper.
- Freeze the bananas for 1-2 hours or until frozen.
- Store in the freezer in an airtight container until ready to eat.
You can use any flavor of yogurt you would like. I have used strawberry and pomegranate. Try rolling the bananas in granola or nuts instead of the cereal for a different variation. You can also use any kind of freeze dried fruit that you prefer.