Quick and easy to make frozen banana yogurt popsicles perfect treat for the summer or when you fancy ice cream. These super simple to put together and they taste amazing and make a great alternative to the banana yoghurt ice cream.
Why make my banana yogurt popsicles?
- Simple ingredients
- No need for complicated equipment or ice cream maker
- Sugar – free treat (only natural sugar in yogurt and banana)
- Filling snack (if using full-fat yogurt)
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Ingredients & substitutions
This recipe is perfect for leftover bananas before they ripen too much and go off. Don’t use too green bananas as they won’t have much flavour.
I always use fresh bananas and not previously frozen ones. Tinned or previously frozen bananas will just be too mushy to get absorbed into the yoghurt and will be probably already brown, so they will discolour the yoghurt popsicles too much.
I prefer to use full-fat Greek yogurt (because of the protein and natural fat), but you can use any type of yoghurt you like, including plain low fat yoghurt.
You can use banana flavoured yogurt or other flavours that would compliment the banana flavour, such as caramel, vanilla, chocolate or coconut.
This is great way to make your homemade ice creams healthier as we are not using cream in this recipe.
- Full-fat Greek Yoghurt
- Plain – low fat yoghurt
- Plant based (dairy free) plain yogurt
- Soya Yogurt
- Coconut yogurt
- Oat yogurt
I’ve used cinnamon or nutmeg previously with this recipe and both work well.
You only need a pinch to bring out the flavour of the banana more and if you don’t have cinnamon (or don’t want to) you certainly can leave it out.
I think a tiny pinch of salt helps to bring all the flavours together, otherwise the banana flavour can be a little flat.
A little magic ingredient! Not only that the lemon juice helps to keep the bananas yellow (and prevent them from browning too much), but it also helps to sharpen the banana flavour.
The best way to see whether your banana yogurt popsicles need it, is to try it without the lemon juice, taste it and add if you feel that the flavour is missing something.
It’s usually more lemon or extra salt that’s needed.
Other variations for your frozen yogurt banana pops
Banana on it’s own is a great combination, but there are other flavours that compliment bananas and can be added in.
- Banana with yoghurt and chocolate chips (milk or dark chocolate)
- Banana with yoghurt and peanut butter (extra protein to give you more energy!)
- Banana with yoghurt and blueberries
- Banana with yoghurt and cinnamon spice
- Banana with biscoff spread
Use different flavour yoghurt to add extra flavour to your banana ice cream popsicles.
Ice cream lolly mould with sticks
Whisk or food processor (optional)
The good thing about this recipe, is that you don’t need huge amounts of specialist equipment, such as ice cream maker, food process or even the ice cream lolly mould.
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What to do if you don’t have lolly/popsicle mould
If you don’t have the lolly mould with the sticks, you can always use a suitable container for your freezer and just freeze the banana yoghurt mixture as a regular ice cream.
When you are ready to eat your banana yoghurt ice cream, just spoon it out with a ice cream or regular spoon. Top with extra bananas or other fruit.
My top tips for your homemade banana yogurt ice pops
To release the lollypops run them under hot water (or submerge them in cup of hot water for few seconds).
Add a tiny bit of spice (cinnamon, nutmeg or other complimenting spices) to enhance the banana flavour.
Add a tiny bit of lemon juice to make the banana flavour stronger and slightly sharper.
How to make banana yogurt popsicles
Chop the bananas and add to a mixing bowl, together with the yoghurt and tiny pinch of salt.
Mash the bananas until they are all incorporated.
Add the lemon juice and cinnamon or nutmeg (if using). Taste and add any more spice or lemon juice if needed.
Optional step – you can blend everything in a mixer, but hand held whisk is fine too. I often just use fork to mix everything together.
Spoon into popsicle or ice cream lolly moulds, add the lolly sticks.
Place in the freezer for several hours or overnight.
How long do the yoghurt banana ice pops last in the freezer?
Ideally you want to eat the popsicles within 1-3 months.
They will last a lot longer, but the longer you leave them in the freezer, the more chances you have that the freezer temperature might go slightly up or down and they might defrost and then again freeze.
This will change the consistency of the ice cream lolly and you might end up with the ice cream separating slightly and water ice forming on the outside and top of your ice pops.
Banana Yogurt Popsicle
- Popsicle Moulds
- Popsicle Sticks
- 4 bananas medium size
- 1 cup yogurt about 220 grams
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon or nutmeg optional
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- Chop the bananas and add to a mixing bowl, together with the yoghurt and tiny pinch of salt.
- Mash the bananas until they are all incorporated.
- Add the lemon juice and cinnamon or nutmeg (if using). Taste and add any more spice or lemon juice if needed.
- Optional step – you can blend everything in a mixer, but hand held whisk is fine too. I often just use fork to mix everything together.
- Spoon into popsicle or ice cream lolly moulds, add the lolly sticks. You will need about12 popsicles (I had a large mould with 12 cavities, which worked with this recipe)
- Place in the freezer for several hours or overnight.
- To release the lollypops run them under hot water (or submerge them in cup of hot water for few seconds).
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