If there’s one thing my dad taught me as a girl, it was the upside of getting the most bang for your buck. Whether that means a great flea market find or a 10 dollar bottle of rosé, I appreciate getting the most for my investment. That includes an investment of time, which is why I’m all over this spooky kitchen craft. These Healthy Halloween BooNana Ghost Pops take less than five minutes to make, but have a fun factor worthy of parenting brownie points.

Unlike most Halloween treats, these guys are actually good for you.  The recipe calls for just three ingredients — bananas, yogurt, and a dozen teensy chocolate chips — and each one weighs in at about 65 calories. You can tinker with the basic pops by embellishing them with shredded coconut (who says ghosts can’t be a little hairy in addition to being scary?).

Best of all? They’re so easy to do, you don’t have to wait for a Halloween potluck or class party to make them.

Coconut BooNana Ghost Pops

P.S. If you’re looking for more seasonal treats, you might like this recipe for Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes. I’ve also got my eye on the line up of caramel apples over on Cooking Light, which are a little less decadent than most.

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Healthy Halloween BooNana Ghost Pops

With just three ingredients, these pops take no time at all to make. To add a layer of flavor, sprinkle them with shredded coconut after you've coated them with yogurt. Then add your chocolate chip eyes.

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas
  • 3/4 cup vanilla yogurt (not Greek yogurt)
  • 12 mini chocolate chips
  • Special equipment: 6 wooden popsicle sticks

Instructions

  1. Line a 9-inch baking pan with parchment or waxed paper.
  2. Peel the bananas and cut them in half crosswise at a slight angle. Insert a popsicle stick into the cut end of each banana and push it about halfway up.
  3. Put the yogurt into a small bowl. Hold onto the pops by the popsicle sticks and roll each banana in the yogurt to coat the exterior (tilting the bowl so the yogurt pools on the side makes this easier). Let excess yogurt drip back into the bowl (you can run your finger along the back of the bananas to remove the excess). Lay the pops in the baking pan. You will have leftover yogurt.
  4. Push the pointy top of 2 chocolate chips into each banana to make the eyes of the ghosts.
  5. Put into the freezer to firm up, at least 3 hours.
  6. Remove pops from the freezer and use a knife to trim away any yogurt that pooled and froze along the sides of the banana.
  7. Serve straight from the freezer.
  8. Note: Once pops are frozen, store them in a resealable bag or covered container in the freezer.

boonana ghost pops