Here's a simple, healthy snack idea that's fun to make with kids and absolutely delicious.
My ten year-old son, Jack, helped make these treats last week and they were a huge hit. He did almost all the work and loved making them, and we all loved eating them!
They're also allergy friendly, since they're naturally free of allergens like gluten and eggs, and can easily be made dairy free and soy free.
- Bananas (about one per person)
- Chocolate chips (preferably all natural, like Ghirardelli)
- A small amount of coconut oil or shortening
- Toppings such as shredded coconut, crushed dry cereal, natural sprinkles, chopped nuts, etc. (optional)
- Cookie sheet
- Table knife
- Microwaveable bowl
- Two forks for each person
- Parchment paper
- Additional bowls for toppings (optional)
Steps (your child can do all of these steps):
- Peel the bananas.
- Slice them with the table knife and lay them out in a single layer on parchment paper on the cookie sheet, with spaces between the slices.
- Freeze them for about an hour to firm them up.
- Pour about a half cup of the chocolate chips in a small microwaveable bowl and microwave for 5-10 seconds at a time, stirring often, until they are just melted.
- Stir in about a half teaspoon of coconut oil or shortening (this makes the chocolate slightly thinner and easier to work with).
- Use a spatula to loosen the frozen bananas from the cookie sheet if necessary, and drop them one at a time in the melted chocolate.
- Using two forks, flip the bananas in the melted chocolate until they're just covered and lift them back out of the bowl.
- If you want toppings, drop the dipped slices in a bowl of toppings like finely chopped nuts or coconut, flip once, and then transfer to your cold cookie sheet.
- Otherwise, place the dipped slices right back on the cold cookie sheet (the cold will help the chocolate harden again almost immediately).
- Melt more chocolate chips as needed, until all of the bananas are covered.
- Freeze the chocolate covered bananas for 15 minutes or until they're fully frozen again, and then use your spatula to lift them off and transfer them to a freezer bag.