Oct 012013

Summer seems to be taking one last stand in NYC this week, and with highs in the 80’s it’s going out with a bang. So I thought it was a great opportunity to get in one last cold sweet treat. But let’s be honest here…it doesn’t have to be warm for me to want a cold sweet treat (the fro yo place around the corner that knows me by name and topping preferences can verify this). But why spend $5 on frozen yogurt when you can make your own adorable, tasty, and natural pops.
Money isn’t the only thing you’ll save on these. Instead of the processed who knows what that goes into your frozen yogurt, this has only a few (relatively) natural and (pretty) healthy components. I can count the ingredients in these babies (literal/figurative) on one hand- soy milk, nutella, bananas, dark chocolate. Hey, I even have a thumb to spare.
Nutritional Highlights: These are gluten free and almostttt vegan (my chocolate-hazelnut spread has some skim milk in it, darn). The main component is banana, followed by soy milk (or milk of your choice), with just a hint of nutella and a thin chocolate layer. Plus, if you make these in small cups like I did they are a perfectly acceptable dessert portion (which I cannot say when I am left to my own devices at a do it yourself fro yo joint). As far as desserts go, these are a pretty good choice!
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Banana Nutella Popsicles
number varies based on the size of your cups/popsicle molds
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What’s in it:
3 ripe bananas (2 for the pops, 1 for the slices on top)
1/3 cup nutella or chocolate-hazelnut spread
2/3 cup vanilla soy milk
optional: 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, melted

How to make it:
1. Arrange 6-8 plastic dixie cups on a plate or tray (make sure it’s one that will fit into your freezer). Slice one of the bananas into 1/2 inch slices and place one in the bottom of each cup. Put in the freezer while you make the pop mix.
2. In a blender, combine the remaining bananas, nutella and soy milk. Blend until smooth.
3. Pour mixture into the dixie cups and press a popsicle stick into each (it will stand upright if you push it partially into the banana at the bottom). Return to the freezer for about an hour so it begins to freeze.
4. Melt the dark chocolate chips in the microwave. Spoon a thin layer of melted chocolate onto each popsicle. Return to the freezer until pops are completely frozen. Enjoy!

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