Looking for an easy 2-minute recipe that is perfect for snack time, breakfast, or part of lunch and is both healthy and filling? Then this Banana Yogurt is going to be your new BFF! Plus, it’s perfect for your baby, toddlers, and big kids! For ages 6+ months.
Medically reviewed and co-written by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), and Lauren Braaten, Pediatric Occupational Therapist (OT).
If you’ve got extra bananas and want to use them up quickly? Need a snack for your hangry kid in a matter of seconds?
Then this Banana Yogurt recipe is going to be on repeat at your house! 🍌
This Banana Yogurt is rich, creamy, filling, healthy, and perfect for topping with granola, hemp or chia seeds, mini chocolate chips, or a drizzle of peanut butter. (Because banana + peanut butter = the best.)
This easy banana yogurt is lower in sugar and has no added preservatives or flavors compared to most store-bought yogurt.
If you are looking for more easy and healthy yogurt recipes for your little one, then be sure to check out my Blueberry Yogurt, Strawberry Yogurt, Apple Yogurt, Fruit-Filled Yogurt Parfait, Easy Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt Cups, or these delicious Yogurt Pancakes or Muffins. You can also find more recipes and information in my best-selling cookbook Little Foodies: Recipes for Babies and Toddlers with Taste.
Reasons to Love this Banana Yogurt
- Adds a fun twist to plain yogurt
- Easy to make – less than 3 minutes from start to finish
- Perfect for baby-led weaning, traditional spoon-feeding, toddlers, and big kids
- Good source of protein, fats, and probiotics
- Lower in sugar and no added preservatives
- Freezer friendly
- Yogurt: plain whole milk yogurt is best, either regular or Greek style. For a dairy-free version, you can do any plain plant-based yogurt you prefer – almond, cashew, oat, etc.
- Bananas: ripe bananas work best
- Cinnamon: in my opinion is a must with mashed bananas, but you could also use a pinch of nutmeg, cloves, or a dash of vanilla extract.
- Maple Syrup: optional – for toddlers and kids, you could also use honey (for babies over 1) or agave nectar.
- Lemon: optional but helps prevent browning if you plan to store the yogurt in the fridge or freezer.
Recipe Tip: Sub nutmeg or clove for other spices if desired. You can even stir in 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter or your favorite nut butter if desired.
Benefits of Banana Yogurt
Yogurt has many health benefits for babies, toddlers, adults and everyone in between. It provides many of the nutrients our bodies need for different functions in every stage of life. And go ahead and go B-A-N-A-N-A-S for bananas because they are packed with nutrients, too!
- Yogurt is an excellent source of calcium, needed for bone growth and development, one cup has almost half of the recommended daily value for adults.
- If yogurt contains live active cultures, these are probiotics, which are helpful for a healthy gut and digestion.
- Whole milk yogurt, recommended for kids 2 and under, has fats necessary for brain development.
- Bananas are a good source of potassium, which is a crucial nutrient for active babies as it acts as an electrolyte that manages hydration levels.
- They are great for digestion since their fiber helps prevent constipation, bloating and other unwanted digestive issues in baby.
- For a chunkier banana puree – peel and mash bananas using a fork. Add cinnamon.
- For a smooth banana puree – transfer the bananas and cinnamon to a blender or food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes.
- Spoon into yogurt and enjoy!
Tip: try to use really ripe bananas with lots of brown spots as ripe bananas are naturally sweeter and will help balance the tartness of plain yogurt.
While this yogurt is amazing by itself, toppings and yogurt are always a good idea. Here are some of our favorite toppings to add:
- hemp seeds
- drizzle of honey (over 1 year of age)
- chopped berries
- sliced bananas
- sprinkle of ground flax seeds
What Yogurt is Best
When choosing yogurt for your baby and toddler, look for a whole milk yogurt that contains a variety of live active cultures. Yogurt that’s plain or has no added sugar and organic is also preferable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can freeze banana yogurt for up to 2 months. After that, the taste and texture won’t be as optimal. You can also freeze the banana puree on its own for up to 4 months.
Choose bananas speckled with brown spots. This will provide just enough sweetness and flavor, as well as make it easier to mash the bananas smoothly.
Store this banana yogurt in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can also freeze the banana puree for up to 4 months. We recommend freezing the puree in a silicone baby food freeze tray or an ice cube tray for easy portion sizes. Simply take out the amount you want to thaw and add to yogurt whenever you want.
- Mix this banana puree with Greek yogurt for easier eating – Greek yogurt is slightly thicker than standard yogurt, which can be helpful for babies starting solids because it sticks a little more to spoons and fingers.
- Pre-loading a spoon is a great way to help your baby be more successful in the early stages of self-feeding. Simply dip a spoon like the NumNum GOOtensil or ChooMee Starter Spoon into the yogurt so that it sticks to the utensil and allow baby to grab the spoon.
- Make it worth your time – this recipe can easily be doubled to make enough for the whole family and to freeze for later!
- Dress it up – for toddlers and kids, try topping this banana yogurt with hemp seeds, chia seeds, granola, a drizzle of honey or peanut butter, or mini chocolate chips.
Get the recipe: Easy 2-Minute Banana Yogurt
- 1 cup plain whole milk yogurt
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 2-3 tbsp maple syrup, optional and if needed
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice, optional
- On a cutting board or small bowl, add the bananas, maple syrup (if using), cinnamon, and lemon juice (if using).
- With the back of a fork, mash until you get your desired consistency. For a smoother puree, you can add the bananas to a blender and puree for 60 secones.
- Swirl in the banana puree into the yogurt, serve and enjoy!
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