Many parts of the country are set to enter into a heat wave tomorrow, with temperatures climbing into the mid 90s and up – just in time for the end of the school year.
So, here’s a sure-fire way to beat the heat and keep the kids occupied, all while watching your waistline: do-it-yourself low-fat, low-calorie banana pudding pops!
What You’ll Need
- 1/3 cup(s) light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoon(s) cornstarch
- Pinch of salt
- 2 cup(s) low-fat milk
- 2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
- 2 cup(s) (about 2 large) diced bananas
- Large saucepan
- Food processor/blender
- Ice pop molds with sticks
- Whisk sugar to taste, cornstarch, and salt in a large saucepan. Add milk and whisk until combined. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking occasionally. Boil, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla.
- Put about half the pudding in a food processor or blender and add bananas. Process until smooth. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.) Stir the mixture back into the remaining pudding.
- Divide the mixture among freezer-pop molds. Insert the sticks and freeze until completely firm, about 6 hours. Dip the molds briefly in hot water before unmolding.
This simple recipe makes 10 three ounce ice pops, each containing just 82 calories, one gram of fat, 41 milligrams of sodium, and three milligrams of cholesterol – making them heart healthy as well.
A diet high in sodium, fat, and cholesterol will increase your chance of developing coronary heart disease. To learn more about coronary heart disease, including what to expect at your doctor appointment and questions to ask your doctor, read the Vitals Coronary Heart Disease Patient Guide.