If you who loves the idea of dessert for breakfast, but you’re trying to be healthy, you are going to flip for these tasty, nutritious breakfast popsicles with yogurt, cereal, and fruit. My simple, kid-friendly recipe for Banana Popsicles is made with just 6 wholesome ingredients and just 10 minutes of active kitchen time, making it perfect for your meal prep day.
Update: This post was originally published in August 2016. I made edits to include more information about making these creamy banana yogurt pops at home.
About these popsicles with fruit
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but before my first cup of coffee, I’m practically dead to the world. How’s a girl supposed to feed herself or her loved ones when she’s out of go-juice?
Luckily, my simple recipe for popsicles with fruit is perfect for making in advance so breakfast is ready to go by the time your bleary eyes open. With this easy recipe, there will be no more scrambling to make a plate of something nutritious for yourself, your hubby, or your hungry kiddo while you’re still knocking the sleep off your brain. You can night-owl meal prep these banana cream popsicles for the morning win!
Why you’ll love these homemade popsicles
Aside from being make-ahead friendly and absolutely delicious, these greek yogurt popsicles with fruit are also:
- Made With Only 6 Simple Ingredients, so your shopping list will be short and your tastebuds will be happy.
- Wholesome & Nutritious – With a good balance of probiotics, protein, fat, and carbs and no refined sugar, these frozen breakfast treats might taste like dessert but are secretly healthy. Shhhhhhhh! Don’t tell!
- Versatile – This homemade banana popsicle recipe is a cinch to customize! Swap out the yogurt, the fruit, and the cereal whenever you’re in need of some variety.
- Quick & Easy – All you need is 10 minutes of prep to blend these ice cream pops and get them ready for the freezer. In fact, they’re easy enough for your kiddos to help.
Ingredients for banana popsicles
As promised, you only need 6 ingredients to make this easy popsicle recipe with yogurt. Here’s what to grab:
- Plain Greek Yogurt – Make sure to reach for full-fat yogurt for the best, creamiest experience.
- Substitution: You can substitute flavored Greek yogurt for plain, just make sure you are using full-fat yogurt. Skyrr and labneh can also be used in place of Greek yogurt. Plant-based yogurt is also totally copacetic.
- Milk – I’m a full-fat dairy kinda person, so I also use whole milk. Feel free to swap in lower fat options like 2%, 1%, or skim.
- Substitution: Try plant-based milk if you prefer. I suggest reaching for unflavored and unsweetened options so you have greater control over how much sugar goes into them, but you do you.
- Honey – I recommend adjusting the honey in this recipe for banana popsicles to suit your specific taste.
- Substitutions: You can also use agave nectar, maple syrup, date syrup, or brown rice syrup if you prefer.
- Cinnamon – I love the warmth that ground cinnamon adds, and I think it’s a perfect pairing for my banana flavor popsicle.
- Substitutions: Feel free to omit it if you prefer, or experiment using different flavor additives like ground ginger, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, peanut butter powder, or cocoa powder instead.
- Granola OR Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal – So long as you’re reaching for a crunchy cereal, you should be good. Bonus points if there are clusters of yummy goodies!
- Bananas – These potassium-packed banana pops are always in stock at my house because they’re delicious, versatile, and inexpensive. Brown-flecked ripe bananas are sweeter, making them extra delicious in this popsicle recipe.
- Substitution: Feel free to swap in sliced strawberries, mango, papaya, or persimmon. You can also use any type of fresh or frozen berries (frozen fruit is just as good for you as fresh!).
Variations to try
While I love eating a frozen yogurt popsicle with fruit for breakfast, there are plenty of ways for you to make these your own. Here are a few variations to consider:
- Bump up the protein. Use a scoop or two of your favorite flavored protein powder to add flavor and nutrition to the mix.
- Different fruit (e.g. berries). Swap out the bananas and opt for your favorite fruit.
- Add chocolate! If you love chocolate covered bananas, layer some chocolate chips in your popsicle.
- Add a swirl of jam or nut butter by layering in some of the cereal/milk/yogurt mix, then topping with a bit of jam or nut butter, then adding more of the mix, then more of the swirl, and finally topping it off with more of the mix to hold everything together.
- Dip them in homemade Magic Shell. Mix melted chocolate or seed or nut butter with some coconut oil, which helps the tastiness of your choice harden on your treats.
- Try different flavored yogurt. Greek yogurt comes in all kinds of flavors these days, so go buck wild!
- Use other crunchy cereals. Any variety that has clusters is a winner here.
- Make them vegan. Opt for plant-based milk and Greek yogurt, swap in any other liquid sweetener for the honey, and use a vegan-friendly cereal.
How to make popsicles with yogurt
These banana ice cream popsicles are super simple to prepare. Here’s how it’s done:
- Make “cereal milk”. In a 4-cup measure or large mixing bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, milk, honey and ground cinnamon. Then, stir in your cereal of choice.
- Layer ingredients in popsicle molds. Carefully fill each popsicle mold about 1/3 of the way with a the cereal milk mixture. Next, drop a few banana slices into the popsicle mold. Repeat the process two more times, adding milk and slices of banana until the molds are full. Gently rap the mold on the counter to help the banana yogurt popsicle mixture settle.
- Freeze. Transfer the creamy fruit popsicles to the freezer. Store in the freezer for 1 hour, or until the mixture is frozen enough to hold a stick. Remove the popsicles from the freezer (leave them in the mold!) and insert wooden sticks into the center of each popsicle. Return the popsicles to the freezer. Store overnight, or until frozen solid.
- Remove from mold. Remove the popsicles from the freezer. Gently pull each popsicle out of the mold by grabbing the wooden sticks. If you have a hard time freeing the popsicles from their mold, hold the mold until lightly running warm water for 10 seconds or so.
- Enjoy immediately. Drizzle greek yogurt popsicles with honey or pure maple syrup or enjoy plain.
Tips for the best Greek yogurt popsicles
- Dip the popsicle mold in warm water to get them to easily release.
- If you’re trying to cut back on fat, use lower-fat milk and full-fat yogurt so you get the creamiest texture in your banana flavored popsicles.
- Don’t have greek yogurt? Take regular yogurt and strain it through a paper towel-lined mesh strainer for about 6-12 hours. Save the whey to add to your smoothies!
- Use more flavorful yogurt whipped cream instead of regular yogurt.
- Add more fruit to your popsicles! Make it extra fruity by layering in your favorite fresh fruit purees – strawberry, blueberry, and passion fruit purees are my favorite here.
- Experiment with granola! Swap the cereal for granola and experiment with different flavors like Chocolate Granola or Cinnamon Granola (just omit the large apple chips here).
FAQs: banana popsicle
Can I make popsicles without a mold?
Sure! Simply use mini paper cups as your molds. Cover each with some plastic wrap then make a hole for the popsicle stick; the plastic will help keep it straight and centered.
Alternatively, you can use a mini loaf pan to act as a multi-pop mold. Cover with plastic wrap, then 6 insert popsicle sticks at even distances. When the banana pop mix is frozen, remove the entire loaf, then use a heated knife (run it under hot water and dry it) to cut it into individual popsicles.
Do I have to store the popsicles in the mold?
Nope! Once these creamy popsicles with banana and yogurt are frozen all the way through, feel free to remove them from the mold, then place them in a zip-top bag or freezer-safe container. I recommend using parchment or plastic wrap to keep them separate from one another.
Serving breakfast popsicles
These tasty and healthy Greek yogurt popsicles with fresh fruit are perfect first thing in the morning in place of your normal (BORING) bowl of cereal. They’re also awesome as an after-school or post-workout snack, or even as dessert.
I’m generally not starving first thing, so one of these is more than enough to satisfy me alongside a cup of coffee. If you’re feeling extra peckish, consider adding an extra piece of fruit or some whole-grain toast with nut butter to your breakfast spread.
Storing this recipe for popsicles with fruit
- Frozen banana popsicles will last for up to a month in the freezer.
- For long-term storage outside of the popsicle mold, use parchment paper or plastic wrap to individually wrap the yogurt pops before placing them in a storage bag or container.
I hope you love these t-oat-ally delicious frozen yogurt treats! Cheers to easy mornings, because anything is popsicle when you’re prepared.
Until next time, I hope you know you’re cereal-ously the coolest readers around and I’m absolutely bananas about you!
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Banana Popsicles with Yogurt
- 1 Large Bowl, Food Processor or Blender
- 1 Silicone Popsicle Mold
- Make creamy popsicle base: To a large bowl, blender or food processor, add the yogurt, milk, honey, and cinnamon. Mix or blend until combined. Add the cereal to the bowl and stir until just combined.
- Layer popsicles in molds: Fill each mold 1/3 of the way up with the cereal milk mixture. Then, drop a few slices of bananas into the molds. Repeat, layering the cereal milk and bananas into the molds until they are full. Gently tap the molds on the counter to help the popsicle mixture settle.
- Freeze: Transfer the popsicle molds in the freezer. Freeze for 1 hour. Add sticks, then freeze again: Remove the popsicles from the freezer. Insert a wooden stick into the center of each popsicle. Place back in the freezer and freeze overnight.
- Remove from mold and enjoy! Carefully remove the banana popsicles from their mold by pulling on the wooden stick. If you have a hard time releasing the popsicles from their mold, lightly run the mold under warm water for 10 seconds or so. Enjoy!
- Yogurt: You can use any flavor of Greek yogurt you love in these popsicles - just make sure you are using full-fat. Plain, vanilla and honey are my personal favorites if you're looking for inspiration.
- Honey: I recommend using the honey to taste. However, be careful adding TOO much honey or your popsicles will be sticky!
- Cereal: I recommend using a very crunchy cereal with clusters or your favorite granola in these pops. Honey bunches of oats is typically what I use. Avoid delicate cereals or they will turn to mush in your Greek yogurt popsicles.