These are a great way to get gut-loving probtioics to to kids, and are a bit of a homage to one of my favourite childhood ice creams – the Banana Paddle Pop (which contains no actual banana).
What makes these pops probiotic is coconut kefir – I use a locally made one by Amphore Living Foods, but you’ll find kefir in the supermarket alongside the yogurts/milks – look for one that contains only milk and live cultures.
If you don’t have kefir, then yoghurt would also do the trick but kefir contains around 3x more probiotics than yoghurt – all of these probiotics also make kefir more sour than yogurt too.
In the spirit of always trying to sneak veggies in to the girls, I’ve added some frozen (steamed) cauliflower florettes. They’re an optional addition but they do add creaminess and go completely undetected. Like all cruciferous veggies, cauliflower contains goitogrens which disrupts thyroid function – cooking them reduces around 2/3 of the goitrogens.
This is a rough recipe, you may need to adjust the amounts slightly to suit your moulds – this made 6x of the ones you see pictured.
Probiotic Banana (+ Cauli) Pops
– 2x medium over-ripe bananas
– 1/2 coconut kefir
– 1/2 cup coconut milk or milk of choice
– 1/2 cup frozen (steamed) cauliflower
– 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/2 tsp cinnamon
– 1 Tbsp collagen powder or nut butter *optional
Whiz everything up on the blender, pour in to your moulds and freeze.