When my 5 year old son Eli asked if I would buy him a frozen ice cream bar the other day, I said no without any explanation. My kids have learned that when I say no, I really do mean, no. Some kids would consider this mean, instead I was trying to stay on task and get through the grocery store before having to pick my daughters up from school. If I had to stop every time my kids asked for something they saw in the store, my 20 minute shopping trip would painfully become 40, I would lose my peace, and my kids would see me come undone in a really not so fun way – this is when being called mean could be justified. Think Incredible Hulk. If you can relate to this, know that I am virtually high-fiving you this very minute.
Instead, Eli accepts my answer, we check out quickly, and go home with about 15 minutes to spare before pick-up time. Once home I ask my son if he would like to make homemade frozen pops, after all this is the last week of school and it feels like summer outside. His face lights up and he breaks out with his own dance of joy while shouting YES! The truth is, I want my kids to discover the joy and wonder of cooking, baking, and making all sorts of food at home. I want them to feel empowered to get cooking in the kitchen with confidence and ease. I want my kids to be Kitchen Explorers.
You know what else I want to teach my children? I want each of them to understand the concept of delayed gratification and why waiting (sometimes) is better than catering to a “now” mentality. Of course at 5 years old my son doesn’t understand any of this. He is gradually learning that whining and crying will get you nowhere with me and not very far in life.
As Eli pulls drags a stool to the kitchen counter I explain to him how we are going to make these pops. The only thing he requests is that I let him lick the spoon. Done deal.
Recipe: 3-Ingredient Chocolate Banana Pops
A dairy-free chocolate banana pop. Perfect for the summer, these pops are incredibly easy to make and use only three ingredients.
- 1 cup unsweetened canned coconut milk
- 2 large super ripe bananas
- 1/2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- ****additional sweetener such as agave syrup, honey, or sugar may be added depending on your personal taste
- Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth.
- Pour the liquid into pop molds.
- If not using a pop mold, cover your mold with either plastic wrap or foil.
- Place a wood pops stick straight down the center piercing the covering.
- Allow 3 hours or preferable overnight for the pops to be ready.
- When the pops are ready to be served, run warm water over the mold, carefully loosen the mold from the pop.
- Serve immediately.