Moms: raise your hand if you continue sticking a banana in your kid’s lunchbox every day even though you know you are going to find the now over-ripened fruit in the same exact spot the next day. I must admit, I am guilty of this too. Potassium and fiber packed bananas are way too nutritious for them to be left uneaten. Here are just a few of bananas’ awesome health benefits for your kids:
- Increases brain power
- Regulates bowel movements
- Serves as a natural source of instant energy
- Good for the heart
- Improves eyesight
- Promotes stronger bones
- Prevents anemia
So, now that you have found out the nutritional value of bananas, it’s time to discover ways to transform this versatile fruit into an enjoyable snack for your kids! By sticking bananas into yummy snacks and desserts, you provide your kids with sweet treats without providing the added sugar, while also providing them with the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that they need.
Incredibly easy and healthy banana snack recipes that your kids will go ‘bananas’ for!
Two-Ingredient Healthy Banana and Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Bites Recipe
Kids love this healthy ice cream alternative. Plus, it’s kid-friendly so you and your children can bond while making it!
Prep time: 3 hours
Total time: 3 hours
- 6 super ripe bananas
- ½ – ¾ cup mini chocolate chips
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Slice the bananas, lay them flat on the baking sheet, and place them in the freezer for about 1-1 ½ hours.
- Remove the frozen bananas from the freezer, and place them aside for about 5 minutes until they are slightly softer.
- Place the bananas in a food processor or a blender, and pulse/blend until it reaches a smooth and creamy consistency.
- Stir in ½ cup of the mini chocolate chips.
- Scoop the banana ice cream into a mini muffin pan that has been greased with non-stick cooking spray. Fill each cup to the top. You then have the option of sprinkling the remaining ¼ of the mini chocolate chips on top, or you can leave them as they are.
- Pop them in the freezer for about an hour.
- Remove them from the pan with a knife. If ready to eat, set them out for a few minutes before eating and enjoy! These bites can be stored in the freezer for about 2-3 months.
Three-Ingredient Strawberry Banana Popsicle Recipe
Cut back on the loads of added sugars contained in store-bought popsicles and make them at home! They are so simple and they satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 8 hours, 10 minutes
Yields: 6 popsicles
- 1 large ripe banana, peeled, cut into chunks and frozen (If you want creamier popsicles, add more bananas)
- 12 large ripe strawberries, sliced in halves
- ½ cup pineapple juice or orange juice
- Popsicle mold
- Blend all of the ingredients together in a blender for about 2 minutes until it reaches a smooth consistency.
- Pour the mixture into popsicle molds. If the popsicle mold that you own already has slots for sticks, you can stick them in before freezing. Otherwise, put the wooden popsicle stick in the middle after about two hours of freezing. Freeze for at least another 6 hours (the total freezing time is at least 8 hours).
- For easier removal, run the popsicle mold under warm water. Time to enjoy!
Three-Ingredient Baked Cinnamon Banana Chips
Your kids crave the crunch of potato chips, while also craving the sweetness of desserts. Give them the best of both worlds with these easy and healthy banana chips!
- 4 medium ripe bananas (or 3 large ripe bananas)
- 3 tablespoons orange juice (or juice from one large lemon)
- Preheat oven to 200° F (warm setting). Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Peel and cut bananas into ¼ inch slices.
- Dip each slice into orange juice and place on the pan. Sprinkle the bananas with cinnamon.
- Bake for 3 to 4 hours until chips are dry and slightly brown. Don’t forget to turn your chips over halfway through cooking time!
- Remove from oven and set aside to cool down. Store them in an airtight container and they’re ready to eat.
Nut-free, Gluten-free, and Vegan Banana Oat Bars
Yields: 9 bars
- 1 cup dates, finely chopped
- 3 super ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 ½ cups brown crispy rice cereal
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup oat flour (if you don’t have oat flour in your kitchen, blending oats in a blender until it is a fine flour works perfectly!)
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil (or baking oil of choice)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Use either an 8×8 or 9×9 square baking dish and line it with parchment paper.
- Mix all of the ingredients in one large bowl. Put the mixture in the baking dish and press the mixture down well until it covers the dish evenly.
- Bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes, or until the top is a slight golden brown
- Set aside to cool, and slice into squares or granola bar shapes. Store them in the refrigerator and they are ready to serve!
Bananas are available every season of the year, so they are highly accessible and affordable. Try out these kid-friendly, healthy bananas snack recipes and let us know what you think!