June 05, 2012

Banana Date Popsicles

Banana Date Popsicles with Cinnamon & Vanilla

It has never really occurred to me before to make my own popsicles, probably because I'm not really much of a popsicle-eater in the first place.  I much prefer smooth, creamy ice cream or frozen yogurt over hard, messy popsicles.

This year though, there seems to be more and more recipes for homemade popsicles popping up on blogs, and I was surprised to see that you can create beautiful, tasty, and healthy popsicles at home with often only a few ingredients.  So when I saw a popsicle mold for only two dollars at the grocery store, I went for it!

Banana Date Popsicles with Cinnamon & Vanilla

Surprisingly, for my first adventure in popsicle making I didn't choose a bright and beautiful strawberry or mango popsicle recipe, but a recipe that used dates as the main ingredient.  I happen to like dates and was intrigued by the idea of using them in a healthy, creamy popsicle that was different from a lot of the fruit-based recipes out there.

I still ended up adding some fruit in the form of banana because I thought it would pair well with the dates, and I used vanilla Greek yogurt along with some added vanilla extract and cinnamon for flavour.  I used coconut milk beverage as the liquid because that's what I had in the fridge at the time, but I bet these would be even better with vanilla almond milk. 

Banana Date Popsicles with Cinnamon & Vanilla

I'm happy to report that my first-ever popsicle experiment was a huge success!

The main taste in them was definitely banana, but they were nicely spiced from the cinnamon, and the vanilla and dates added the perfect touch of sweetness.  I only made five popsicles and went through them pretty quickly!  I loved being able to grab a homemade popsicle from the freezer for a healthy but satisfying dessert, knowing exactly what ingredients were in it.

Banana Date Popsicles with Cinnamon & Vanilla

Now that I've christened my popsicle mold, I can't wait to break it in some more with lots of other flavours!  My goal this summer is going to be to try to always have some healthy popsicles ready to eat in the freezer, and to try to resist the temptation to buy every other type of mold out there!  I saw some rocket pop molds at the store the other day and had to try reeeally hard not to add them to my cart! 

You can probably expect to see many more popsicle recipes here this summer, but if you can't wait, I've started a Pinterest board of frozen treats with some of the recipes I've been eyeing!

Banana Date Popsicles with Cinnamon & Vanilla

Banana Date Popsicles with Cinnamon & Vanilla

Based on these date shake popsicles from Whole Living

Makes 5 popsicles

Ingredients:
 
10 pitted dates
1/2 cup low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
1 large ripe banana, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup milk – I used coconut milk but almond milk or dairy milk would also work
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Soak dates in hot water for about 5 minutes to soften them, then remove from water and chop them into very small pieces.  Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into 5 popsicle molds and freeze.

Note: I had just barely enough mix to fill 5 standard popsicle molds so you may want to add a touch more yogurt and milk to the mixture to make sure there is enough, depending on the size of your popsicle molds.

17 comments:

  1. I wonder if I'd like these. I love dates but not a huge banana flavor girl. They look good!

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  2. There was no banana in the original recipe so maybe you could try that version!

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  3. I like your take on these popsicles - I don't think I've seen any other popsicle recipes with dates yet! Can't wait to see what other flavours you come up with...don't go too crazy though, we don't have room in our freezer for any more popsicle molds!

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  4. I was never a popsicle eater until I started making my own. And whoa are they so much better when they're homemade! These look like a nice, virtuous summer dessert. :)

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  5. Banana, cinnamon and vanilla? Mmmm! Sounds fantastic. It's been so hot here this week. Popsicles would be the best way to cool down on hot days like today. I need to go buy some popsicle moulds! Love the addition of dates to this recipe!

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  6. Chewy dates sound great in these popsicles! I think I'm going to have to get a popsicle mold this year. I can no longer resist.

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  7. Natalie, sure i'm gonna try this. I've never tried making popsicles and your last picture is asking me to try it out soon.

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  8. I really need to get popsicle molds! I keep seeing wonderful ideas like this one and know I will want them as soon as it gets warm here!

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  9. RichardLAndersonJune 7, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    http://goo.gl/m9Fy2

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  10.  Haha I'm sure they won't be in the freezer too long because I'll eat them too quickly!

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  11. I like your description of them!  I also plan to make many not-so-virtuous popsicles this summer though (aka with booze in them) haha

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  12.  You should go buy some, I'd love to see what you come up with!

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  13.  If you can find one for two dollars like I did, it's definitely worth it!

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  14.  I know, popsicle recipes seem to be popping up everywhere lately!  I'm so glad I finally bought a popsicle mold - I'd definitely recommend it!

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  15. This looks like such a simple and yummy dessert.  I just recently discovered dates and have fallen in love.

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