Now we all remember the cake pop craze! I remember refusing to buy the overpriced cake moulds, but relented at the dripping tap nagging of my Grunkies. Well, it sat in the cupboard. It sat and it sat and when we moved, I was close to donating it to St Vinnies. But Miss B saw it and secreted it away into her suitcase.
So we made the cake pops. Yep, cute, so great for parties. Yep, small, so nobody eats too much and cake isn’t wasted. Yep, great idea, but so fiddly that they ain’t gunna get made often.
But I found the moulds other day and an idea came to me…healthy cake pops! Easy cake pops! Lunchbox pops! Nourishing pops! Healing pops! Something that’s not just pop, but has a bang as well! 😉
So here ’tis.
Waste Not Want Not Pumpkin Seed-Banana Pops
Two ingredients! Yep, TWO ingredients!!
2 x banana, mashed
3/4 – 1 cup pumpkin seed meal (depends upon the size of your bananas)
1/4 tsp cinnamon or ginger or nutmeg (optional)
Heat oven to 155
Roast your pumpkin seeds. There are THREE ways to dry roast seeds. (1) Dry roast in a pan. Keep pumpkin seeds moving and when they start to brown and pop, remove from heat. (2) Alternatively, roast in a moderate oven for 10 mins. (3) Third method: put into a popcorn popper. Once they start to smell like they’re roasting, stop the machine and tip out. It doesn’t take long.
Put roasted pumpkin seeds into a food processor, Ninja, Thermomix, Vitamix – any chopping device. Blitz until they are nicely chopped into a meal. It doesn’t really matter whether they’re coarse or finely chopped into meal; it just changes the texture of the final product.
Mix the mashed bananas with the pumpkin seed meal. (Add spice – optional).
Grab your cake pop moulds and grease. Spoon into half the mixture on one mould. (6 or so half-cake pops). Then do the same on the other mould – so that they’ll meet up when you put the moulds together. Pat down the batter with a wet finger. Flip one mould on top of the other mould so the two sides of the batter meet.
Put on a baking tray and into a slow oven for 15mins. Remove from oven and allow to sit for 5 mins before gently pulling the moulds apart.
When cooled, top with your favs: dairy free chocolate, caramel sauce, coconut, puffed amaranth, goji berries, cranberries, pineapple chucks. The ideas are endless. But they are so yummy. Low in sugar, but high in all the goodness that bananas and pepitas offer. What’s not to love?
Get popping and waste not want not! 🙂