It’s finally March and that means spring is right around the corner! Spring reminds me of warmer weather, flowers … and bee pollen. Yes, bee pollen. Oh, where to begin with all the benefits of this “life-giving dust”?
After moving to one of the top 3 worst cities for allergy sufferers almost 6 years ago (yay, Louisville!), I was immediately searching for those non-medicinal home remedies. One thing that kept showing up in every article was honey. LOCAL, raw honey. I use it daily; whether drizzled on toast, in oatmeal, smoothies, or taken with a spoon.
Lately, another version of this superfood has caught my attention. Bee pollen. Just read about it here! Amazing stuff. I came across some local pollen at a health food store; about $9 for the size shown below. I’m still finding different ways to use it, and so far, I’ve mixed it in smoothies, sprinkled it on oatmeal or toast, and made these. The idea came from Instagram where I follow @secretsquirrelfood (& you should too!). I knew I had to make them asap! And I’m so glad I did.
They’re a perfect, clean eating, sweet treat to cure even my biggest sweet tooth. Plus, it’s something I feel good about eating, hence, guilt-free! Did I just use the word “hence”?
superfood banana pops
Yields 4 Servings
Serving size: 3 pops
Points Per Serving: 1pp* (or 1/0pp)
Actually, enjoy the whole thing for 3pp 😉
1 medium banana
1/2oz dark chocolate
1/8t coconut oil (optional)
1t bee pollen
(You will also need small popsicle sticks. However, for bite size bits, just forgo the sticks and freeze them as banana coins! That’ll work great as well!)
•In a small bowl, melt the dark chocolate & coconut oil in :20 second increments until smooth.
•As the chocolate melts, cut the banana into 12 coins/slices. (If you get more out of your banana, great! You can enjoy more for less points).
•If desired, insert a popsicle stick into each banana coin.
•Dip the bananas into the chocolate and set onto a small plate.
•Sprinkle on the bee pollen.
•Place them in the freezer to set.
•Once set, store pops/coins in a freezer safe bag and enjoy when that craving strikes!