Banana Mouse Pops

2

PREP TIME

5 min

Makes

1 Servings

* PLUS Freezing Time: 240 minutes, Baking time: 5 minutes
Banana Mouse Pops

Maya Visnyei

These quinoa pops can be made with marshmallow ears and chocolate chip eyes, or apricot ears and currant eyes for a healthier version. Easily multiply the ingredients to make as many pops as you please.


Ingredients

  • 1 small unpeeled banana
  • lollypop sticks
  • 1 tbsp quinoa flakes
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened or flaked coconut
  • 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp smooth natural peanut butter
  • 1 large dried apricot , halved crosswise
  • 3 dried currants

Instructions

  • Cut 1 in. from the stem end of the banana. Insert a lollipop stick into cut end, pushing it in 2 to 3 in. (If desired, insert the stick into the underside of the banana.) Remove banana peel, cover banana with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, 3 to 4 hours.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350F. Spread the quinoa flakes and coconut on a baking sheet and bake until fragrant and toasted, about 5 min. Set aside to cool.
  • Remove plastic wrap from the frozen banana and spread 1 tbsp of the peanut butter over the banana. Place the quinoa-coconut mixture on a plate. Roll the banana in the flakes, making sure to cover the entire banana.
  • Using the remaining 1 tsp peanut butter as glue, attach the apricot halves for ears and currants for eyes and nose. Serve these pops immediately.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 250,
  • Protein
  • 7 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 34 g,
  • Fat
  • 12 g,
  • Fibre
  • 5 g,
  • Sodium
  • 180 mg.

Recipe from Quinoa Revolution: 150 Healthy, Great-Tasting Recipes by Patricia Green & Carolyn Hemming. Copyright © Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming, 2012. Reprinted by permission of Penguin Group (Canada) Inc, a division of Pearson Canada Inc.