Secret Ingredients for Healthy Snacks

Nutritionist and author of "From Junk Food to Joy Food," Joy Bauer is preparing some healthy snacks with fresh fruit.

Berry Ice Pops: makes 7 servings

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 ½ cups fresh or frozen bananas
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen sliced strawberries
  • ½ cup low-fat milk
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves, loosely packed

Peanut Butter-Stuffed Strawberries: makes 1 serving

  • 8 to 10 strawberries, stems removed
  • ½ cup peanut butter chowder (prepared with water as directed on package)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)

Chocolate Ice Cream: makes 6 servings

  • 4 ripe bananas
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk beverage
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Berry Ice Pops:
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours, 5 minutes

Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until completely mixed. Add a bit more milk if it’s too thick. Pour about 1/3 cup of the mixture into 7 ice pop molds, and freeze for at least 5 hours or overnight. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter-Stuffed Strawberries:
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Slightly hollow out strawberries to create just enough space for peanut butter. Mix optional chia seeds with prepared peanut butter.

Place peanut butter in a zip-top bag and cut one corner of the bag. Pipe peanut butter into the strawberries. Enjoy.

Chocolate Ice Cream:
Prep Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes

Peel and cut the bananas into 1-inch rounds. Place the bananas in a freeze bag and freeze them for at least 3 hours.

Right before you’re ready to make the ice cream, whisk together the cocoa powder, coconut milk, and vanilla in a small bowl.

If your banana slices have been in the freeze for longer than a day, it’s best to let them thaw in the food processor bowl for about 15 minutes. Place the frozen bananas, chocolate mix, and salt in a food processor and blend well, stopping to scrape down the sides often to get a smooth, even consistency.

Scoop the ice cream into small bowls and serve immediately or cover in plastic wrap and freeze. If you’re saving the ice cream for a later time, remove the bowls from the freezer about 5 minutes to slightly thaw before serving the treat.

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