Thursday, August 15, 2013
Banana Pops: Fun Activity & Healthy Snack for Kids!
Earlier this week Big A had a dinner 'date' with her boyfriend. This led to some tears because Little A wanted to play with them and Big A told her in uncertain terms that she was not welcome to join them. So I told Little A I would play with her until dinner time and right away she asked if we could cook or bake something together. Ironically, what she asked to make requires no baking or cooking - which makes them perfect to prepare with little ones. She made these at daycare and wanted to recreate them at home and we had a great time doing it. They're healthy and only require 3 ingredients that most folks have on hand. No sharp knives are necessary so even toddlers can help make them!
The only problem was explaining that it would take a little while for them to freeze. Eager to eat them, the girls ended up having them for breakfast the next morning.
2 large medium ripe bananas
4 tbls peanut butter (or other nut/seed butter)
Raisins (or dried cranberries or other dried fruit of choice)
4 popsicle sticks
Options: Use chocolate chips, coconut or chopped nuts instead of, or in addition to the dried fruit.
Cut or break bananas in half width-wise
Push popsicle sticks into the flat (cut) end of each half of banana
Spread with a tbls of peanut butter
Push in desired amount of dried fruit
Place on baking sheet, large plate or flat pan lined with wax paper and freeze for several hours.
Here are my little monkeys enjoying their banana pops (don't mind the bed head...no one likes brushing their hair around here!):