Secret Ingredients for Healthy Snacks

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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