Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Frozen Banana Pops

Make Frozen Banana Pops.

Who needs ice cream when you can have frozen bananas? These are such yummy treats that I've jazzed them up for St. Patty's Day as a little surprise; although they're great treats, year around.

Frozen Banana Pop Recipe


2 bananas
Greek Yogurt
Honey or Agav, Optional
Cinnamon, Optional

Other suggested toppings: crushed almonds

- Line a tray with parchment paper.
- Peel the bananas.
- In a medium sized bowl, blend the Greek yogurt, honey, and cinnamon together.
- Prepare the coloured sugars.
- Cut off an end off from each banana, then insert the popsicle sticks or 1/2 the Bananas.

- Coat the bananas in Greek yogurt mixtures and decorate with a sugar rainbow.
- Lay the bananas on the parchment paper.

- Freeze for 45-55 minutes.
The bananas will be creamy and firm, but not completely frozen.

Since we live in Sweden, the neighbour kids will be more than curious if they pop by today. Do you celebrate St. Patty's Day?  We embrace just about every cultural holiday that comes through our family: Swedish, French, American; from the French: Fete du Rois, Swedish: Walborg to American: St. Patty's Day. 

Recently, I eavesdropped on the kids when we were at a dinner party, as they were being quizzed by a guest about what and how we celebrate holidays in our house.  Even though the kids were born here in Sweden and are Swedish, it's evident quickly that we're locally unconventional. I could hear the usual questions that range wonderings around Christmas Stockings; the Easter Bunny vs the Swedish Easter Rooster (then, there's the Chocolate Easter Bell that we have every year shipped up from Grandmere in southern France....the answer is that we have all 3!) and, later, St. Patrick's Day, which is absolutely not celebrated here.

Yes, I've done my best to create rainbow activities (here)  (here) for the kids throughout their childhood. I'm not sure what will stick and what won't stick but, I try something new every year and who doesn't love a party?  I've dressed all 3 in green many years;  had them paint rainbows, look for Leprechauns and pots of gold, along with regaling childhood tales of seeing the Chicago River dyed green and attending school versions of Finnegan's Rainbow but, since it isn't a Swedish holiday, I'm not sure what's sinking in; but, I'll continue. I've come to think of these types of celebrations ingredients that make cultures exchanges fun, interesting and easy  --- appreciating one another's holidays is how all kids can become "citizens of the world." Don't you agree?

While none of the kids purposefully left for school dressed in green today, I'm starting to get a little excited for the kids to come home, to turn up the Van Morrison and hear about their day over treats.

While banana pops are yummy year around; today, along with the extra sprinkle of sugar, they're golden. Wishing you the top 'o the day, " today, too!

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