Sunday, July 21, 2013

Recipes: Frozen Honey Banana Pops

Recent History of Honey
In Korea, purchasing natural honey tends to be fairly expensive and difficult. Honey bees are dying in mass quantities, and keeping bees healthy can only be done by giving them antibiotics, which seep into honey and contaminate the quality. There was a big scandal in 2011 on honey laundering in China, the world's largest producer of honey, where poor quality honey is mixed with sugar or corn-based syrups to mask the poor taste, or honey is heavily diluted with water to minimize the antibiotic impurities. After the EU banned and America started to tax China's tainted honey, they used a series of underhanded methods to repackage the labels to say "Made in Singapore/Malaysia/Taiwan/Philippines" instead of "Made in China". High-ranking executives have been arrested and sent to jail, and honey brokers are being actively sought after. This is very serious business, people. 

I've always been a bit obsessed with honey, but since its scarcity in Korea, have kind of toned down my usage. However, this summer while going back and forth to Europe, I fell in love with honey all over again due to the high quality of honey being available there for relatively reasonable prices. I brought a few (okay, I smuggled in a lot) bottles of honey and have been experimenting with fun honey recipes. At the risk of being a little "neener neener I have natural honey" for my Korean/Asian readers, here is one of my favorites!

This recipe was adapted from the National Honey Board (there's a National Honey Board, naturally) of America. I thought they made the perfect refreshing, low-carb + low-cal summer treat using all natural ingredients, except for the toppings, which are optional. 

What You'll Need:

  • 2 peeled ripe bananas
  • 4 wooden chopsticks or popsicle sticks (I just broke two whole chopsticks in half)
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1 1/3 cups of graham cracker crumbs, dried fruits or desiccated coconut (optional)

What You'll Do:
  1. Take the ripe bananas and cut them exactly in half. Stick a wooden chopstick or popsicle stick into the banana half. 
  2. Freeze the banana halves for about 15 minutes in the freezer. 
  3. While bananas are freezing, take the graham crackers (or really, any toppings that you'd like) on to a plate. Take out the frozen banana halves and cover the surfaces with honey. 
  4. Roll the honey-coated banana halves into the graham cracker crumbles, ensuring all surfaces are covered. 
  5. Freeze the coated banana halves for about 30 minutes to set toppings. 
  6. Take out and enjoy, preferably in the sunshine at the local park!

These popsicle treats are such an amazing low-carb + low-cal dessert! Each banana popsicle will net about 120 calories, so you get your sweet tooth cravings satisfied with minimum guilt. Unless you eat 4 of these in a row... 

What are some foods you make with honey? Feed my honey obsession!

1 comment:

  1. Treats, yummy! I'm going to try and tell you about it. That looks so tasty!


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