Blueberry Buttermilk Banana Popsicles! Say that three times fast. What could be more delightful on a hot summer day. The buttermilk adds a distinct tanginess that is simply irresistible.
I’ve been on a real popsicle kick lately. Here’s a new one for all you popsicle fans. Have you ever made these frozen treats with buttermilk? The idea may raise a few eyebrows but I promise once you try it, you’ll be hooked.
Buttermilk is mostly used in pancakes and cornbread so if you have some leftover in the fridge from those recipes this is a great place to use it up. They have a delicious creamy texture, almost like ice cream but because of buttermilk’s tang and lightness, it lets whatever fruit is in the dessert shine through.
To go with the buttermilk I added frozen blueberries and very ripe bananas. I think the bananas are a must because they add body and a rich sweetness, but you could switch up the blueberries for another frozen fruit if you want. Frozen peaches, blackberries, or mango would be good.
The Benefits of Buttermilk
Still unconvinced about using buttermilk? Well, aside from its bright, tangy flavor there are health benefits that might convince you. Buttermilk is just that; milk made from butter. When churning butter the liquid that is released is buttermilk.
Buttermilk has digestive benefits, helps with bone growth and osteoporosis, and is naturally low in calories, but high in protein. So adding it to these pops is a win-win for flavor and nutrition!
Banana Popsicle Ingredients
- Ripe bananas. The riper the banana, the better. If you have bananas that are past their prime on the counter, this is a great way to use them.
- Frozen blueberries. Or fresh is fine too. Or if you want to use a different frozen fruit like peaches or blackberries those would work.
- Buttermilk. Most buttermilk sold is low-fat or reduced-fat buttermilk which is what I used to make this recipe. If you can find full-fat buttermilk that will make them even creamier.
- Honey. Make sure your honey is runny and not too thick or it won’t blend properly and just all fall to the bottom. Warm it briefly in the microwave to loosen if necessary.
How To Make Them (Step-by-Step Instructions)
Blend. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until really smooth.
Freeze. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds. This amount of liquid made 10 popsicles in the molds that I used but adjust accordingly if your molds are larger or smaller. Insert the popsicle sticks, and place in the pops in the freezer until solid, at least 4 hours.
Enjoy! Run the mold under warm water to free the popsicles. Pull out of the mold and enjoy!
How To Remove and Store Them
To remove the popsicles from the mold, run the mold under hot water until they release then pull them out.
I find it is easiest to remove the popsicles all at once, then place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Return them to the freezer to firm up (they always get a little melted when removing).
Once they are frozen solid again, pack them in an airtight container between layers of parchment paper.
What Makes These The Best Banana Popsicles?
- Easy! The prep time is minimal (about three minutes), there’s no fussy techniques or hard-to-find ingredients.
- Adaptable! Switch up the flavorings like instead of the frozen fruit, add almond butter or your favorite nut butter to the honey, bananas, and buttermilk.
- Healthy snack for the kids. In the summer it’s hard to keep kids out of the chips and junk food. These banana popsicles are a great healthy alternative, loaded with protein, fiber, and potassium.
Banana Popsicle FAQ’s
Can I use frozen bananas? Sure! If you have a couple stashed in the freezer, use those instead.
I’m allergic to honey, can I use a different sweetener? Absolutely. Swap the honey for maple syrup or agave syrup.
Can I make these dairy-free? Well yes, but that would remove the buttermilk which is kind of the star here. If you want to try and mimic the flavors for a dairy-free version, substitute coconut milk or almond milk for the buttermilk and add a teaspoon of lemon juice
More Yummy Desserts To Try!
- Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies
- DIY Peanut Butter Pretzel Cups (from our sister site, ¡Hola! Jalapeño)
- Soft Pumpkin Cookies
- Healthy, Fruity Striped Yogurt Popsicles
- Easy, 3-Ingredient Sour Cream Fruit Dip (again from ¡Hola! Jalapeño)
- The Best Apple Pie Recipe
- Super Simple Cocoa Powder Cake (from HJ)
Become a Buttermilk Convert
One bite of these banana popsicles with buttermilk and you’ll be adding it to everything! When you try it, let me know how it went! Share a photo and tag me on Instagram using @katesbestrecipes so that I can see (don’t forget to leave a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating)! Also, sign up for my weekly recipe newsletter so you never miss a thing.
BLUEBERRY BUTTERMILK BANANA POPSICLES RECIPE
- 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
- 2 bananas
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1/3 cup honey
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 4 hours.
- Run popsicle molds under warm water to remove. Enjoy!
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