Recipe of the Week: Mark Bittman’s Banana Paletas

Ice, ice baby!

Ice, ice baby!; Groovy Pop Molds, amazon.com, $10

As Chrissy mentioned, we are off on vacation. (And not a moment too soon.) But I thought I’d put up a post while we’re away. Wouldn’t want you to miss a Recipe of the Week!

Up now: Mark Bittman‘s Banana Paletas.

What they are: essentially, pureed banana popsicles; they’re “sweet ice pops,” popular in Mexico

First time we tried them: last summer; we got the recipe from Mark Bittman‘s column in The New York Times

Why we like them: they’re a super-easy summer treat — so easy, toddlers can actually be a help; and they require few ingredients — likely ones you’ll routinely have on hand

Special equipment: popsicle molds; here are some cute ideas from alpha + mom on the best ones out there; and here are recs for molds that are BPA-free, via nature moms blog

Reaction: Jasper talked about making these with mama, and eating them, all winter long.

Thus, they’ve been in frequent rotation in the freezer this summer.

Here’s the recipe:

2 medium bananas, about 3/4 a cup

1 cup whole milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup sugar

1. Puree all ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Pour into 4 to 6 molds (or more, depending on size) and freeze until solid.

2. Unmold by first running a little cold water outside of molds (actually, I find it’s easier with a little warm water!), then gently pulling the sticks.

Yields: 4 to 8 servings, depending on size of molds. Here’s a link to the ones pictured above.

Enjoy!

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