Frozen Yogurt Bananas

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Frozen bananas are my favorite treat to eat at the end of a long, warm day riding roller coasters at my family’s favorite amusement park, Cedar Point, in Sandusky, Ohio. After walking through the park from morning until late in the day, waiting for our turn to ride as many coasters as we can fit in, I look forward to dusk when the bright park lights come up.  They’re my signal it’s time to head to the midway for a frozen chocolate banana.

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I have always considered frozen bananas an indulgence found only at fun parks and entertainment venues… until I made these impressive Chocolate-Hazelnut and Pineapple-Pecan nuggets at home.

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Adding honey to the recipe tames the yogurt’s natural tartness.  Agave nectar will also work well if you can’t have honey in your diet. Put in as much of this sweetness as you prefer. I would like to think yogurt gives them a bit of a healthier edge over the amusement park variety, too.

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Oh, and they are ready-to-eat in about an hour.  So good!

Frozen Yogurt Bananas

Pineapple-Pecan Frozen Bananas
2-3 firm ripe bananas
3/4 cup Chobani Pineapple Greek yogurt
1 heaping Tbsp honey
1/2 cup crushed pecans
popsicle sticks

Chocolate-Hazelnut Frozen Bananas
2-3 firm ripe bananas
1/2 cup plain Chobani Greek yogurt
1/4 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread (Nutella)
1 heaping Tbsp honey
1/2 cup crushed hazelnuts
popsicle sticks
chocolate syrup (optional)

1. Line small tray with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

2. Mix yogurt and honey (plus hazelnut spread for the Chocolate banana recipe).

3. Cut off an end from each banana, then insert the popsicle sticks

4. Coat the bananas in yogurt mix and lay on a plate of crushed nuts, then sprinkle more nuts to fully coat.

Lay bananas on the parchment paper and freeze for 45-55 minutes. The bananas will be creamy and firm, but not completely frozen. (Avoid freezing longer or the yogurt may become icy and bananas hard to bite.   Otherwise you will need to slightly thaw before eating.)

Here’s to roller coasters and great memories made at the amusement park — enjoy!


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