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Kids' Recipe: Banana Popsicles

freshly peeled bananaPopsicles may taste good, but most store-bought kinds aren't a healthy snack for you. What can you eat that will taste yummy and help your body grow?

Bananas! Bananas are fruits. Fruits like bananas help your body. Bananas taste sweet like popsicles. But bananas don't have added sugar like many store-bought popsicles do. You can use bananas to make popsicles that are healthy for you.

Ask a grown-up for help to make this healthy frozen treat.

What You Need

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 yogurt
  • 4 handfuls of cereal, like bran flakes or granola
  • 4 wooden craft sticks
  • Paper plate
  • Plastic wrap or wax paper
  • Zip-top plastic bag
  • Plate
  • Bowl

How to Make Banana Popsicles

Get ready.

1) Wash your hands.

2) Put a sheet of plastic wrap or wax paper on a paper plate. You will put your popsicles on this plate at the end.

Get the crumbs ready.

3) Put the cereal into the plastic bag. Zip the bag closed. Make sure it is closed tight.

4) Crush the cereal into crumbs.

5) Open the bag. Pour the crumbs onto a plate.

Get the yogurt ready.

6) Open the yogurt. Stir the yogurt to make it creamy.

7) Use a spoon to put the yogurt in the bowl.

Get the bananas ready.

8) Peel the bananas.

9) Break the bananas in half.

Make handles for your popsicles.

10) Push 1 craft stick halfway into the big, flat end of a banana piece. Ask a grown-up for help.

11) Put 1 stick in each banana piece.

Build your popsicles.

12) Hold the stick of 1 banana.

13) Dip the banana into the yogurt. Get yogurt all over the banana.

14) Roll the banana in the cereal crumbs. Get crumbs all over the banana.

15) Put the banana on the paper plate with wrap.

16) Do the same thing with all of the bananas.

Freeze your popsicles.

17) Cover the bananas with another paper plate or plastic wrap. and then put the paper plate with the bananas in the freezer.

18) Wait for 2 hours.

Now you can eat your banana popsicle! Enjoy your healthy frozen treat.

Why Banana Popsicles Are Healthy for You

  • Bananas have potassium to help your heart stay healthy.
  • Yogurt has calcium to help make your bones and teeth strong.
  • The cereal has fiber to help you poop.

For Parents

Little kids can help with simple tasks like making the crumbs, stirring the yogurt, and rolling the bananas in toppings. Older kids may be able to do most tasks without help, although it's still a wise idea to supervise.

For best results, use bananas that are ripe -- not too green, not too brown.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD on November 28, 2018