Thursday, June 19, 2014

Protein Lollypops

Last night I was browsing through facebook and I came across a post from a Mom's group I follow.  The Mom was asking for ideas to get her 17 month old to eat something besides fruit.  She received about 50 comments, including one from me about taking his favorite fruit and dressing it up in the form of a lollypop.  I suggested to dip the fruit in yogurt and roll in different ground up nuts and seeds to add some healthy protein and fat.

This morning I woke up still thinking about that Mom and wondering if she took any of the ideas she received and tried them on her toddler.  Then I thought about my comment.  "Hey, my kids would like anything in the form of a lollypop!"  I immediately checked out what I had in the kitchen to create my vision.

1 medium sized sweet potato cut into 2 inch thick circles
2 apples, cut in half and shaped with a fun cookie cutter
1 container vanilla yogurt of your choice
Toppings of your choice.  Below is a list of what i already had in my pantry.
1/4 cup ground walnuts
1/4 cup ground almonds
1/4 cup ground pistachio and pumpkin seeds
1 TB chocolate protein powder (I use SunWarrior)
decorate straws or lollypop sticks

Preheat oven to 350
Line your baking sheet with the prepared sweet potatoes and apples and sprinkle lightly with cinnamon to add some flavor and extra nutrition


Cover with foil and bake for about 10 minutes.  Remove apples, cover pan back with foil and continue cooking sweet potatoes about 10 minutes more.  Allow to cool slightly before adding the toppings.  Put all your toppings into separate bowls for easy dipping.  You can insert your straw or lollypop stick before or after adding toppings.  I found it was easier to insert after they were made. 

coat sweet potatoes in yogurt and dust with chocolate protein powder

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