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Banana Paletas

By The Editors

Published April 4, 2024

Throughout Mexico, paletas are made with fresh fruit and not much sugar, pretty much the opposite of commercial sorbets and sherbets sold here. Like sorbet or sherbet, these frozen snacks are easily made at home; all you need is a set of plastic molds, sold in many supermarkets, toy stores and online.

Photo: Evan Sung
Photo: Evan Sung
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For a lower-tech solution, you can use small paper cups and insert wooden sticks in them once the mixture freezes hard enough to support them. The dairy is optional. Adding it produces a paleta de leche, which has a more distinctive texture than the dairy-free paleta de agua, which is icier.


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Banana Paletas

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Makes 4 to 6 servings 1x

Time 10 minutes, plus freezing

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  • 2 medium bananas, about 3/4 cup
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  1. Purée all ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Pour into 4 to 6 molds and freeze until solid.
  2. Unmold by first running a little cold water over outside of molds, then gently pulling the sticks.

— Recipe from The New York Times