Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Frozen Nanners

Frozen bananas are a favorite treat for my middle guy.  He's quickly becoming an expert in the field of covering bananas with chocolate and toppings.  I let him delve into the snack realm when bananas are on sale or I snag a bag of good bananas for 10 cents a pound.  This is a fun snack idea that the children can make themselves with a little supervision.

It's hot here and I want "no bake" snacks that offer more nutrition than frozen fake juice-  aka popsicles. I am hoping the fruit overrides the chocolate coating.  It's got to be a little better than ice cream.  Right? 
Another quick fact-  Did you know that one serving of a banana is technically 1/2 of a banana?  I learned that a few years ago, but how many times do we gobble up the whole thing?

Here is how we made our frozen bananas:

  • Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.

  • Peel bananas and break into halves.  Insert a popsicle stick gently into the broken end.

  • In a microwave safe bowl, melt a bag of chocolate chips with 3 Tablespoons peanut butter or regular butter.  It depends on your tastes.  We go with the peanut butter.  Melt until smooth.  This takes about 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Coat the banana halves in chocolate.

  • Now you can roll the halves in toppings.  A few of our favorites are rice krispie cereal, peanuts, coconut, raisins, chow mein noodles, and small candies.  Be creative and let the children create their own banana pops.  If you don't like toppings you can leave the chocolate plain!

  • Place the coated bananas on the wax paper and freeze.

  • When the bananas are completely frozen, you can seal in freezer bags for storage.
  • Eat!  Mmmmmm 
What's your favorite topping?  This little guy has snapped, crackled, and popped for rice krispies!