Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Banana Recipes: Cooking With Kids
Kids Cook Monday
Cooking with your kids is both fun and educational for everyone. Most of the time my kids and I cook very healthy foods. Here are two recipes that are healthy but with a touch of sweetness added to them for some extra fun. We hope that you enjoy them as much as we did!
Using Overripe Bananas
We love to eat bananas in our house, however sometimes we just can't eat them fast enough and they begin to turn brown. Usually I like to use them to cook banana bread or muffins but there are times that I can't bake just then. So I put them in the freezer to use at a later time. This is a great way to minimize the waste of food and to have just the right ripeness of a banana for bread.
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Photos of Making Our Banana SmoothiesClick thumbnail to view full-size
- 3 Frozen Bananas, (can use fresh)
- 1 3.5 oz. Chobani Champions Chocolate Chunk Yogurt
- 12-15 oz. Crushed Ice, (can use cubes)
- 2 Tablespoons Creamy, natural peanut butter
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Cocoa Powder
- 1/2 cup Soy Milk, (You can use regular milk but the soy milk has a touch of sweetness to it.)
Making the Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies
- Empty the container of Chobani Champions yogurt, the bananas, peanut butter, and cocoa powder into the blender and pulse until mixed.
- Add half of the ice and pulse again until thick but somewhat smooth in consistency. Add remaining ice and repeat.
- Pour into glasses and serve!
We had great fun using our Chobani yogurt and frozen bananas to make our smoothies! However our cooking with bananas was not done. There still some bananas that needed to be used. So in addition to our smoothies, we decided to create a fun banana popsicle treat!
Photos for Making Chocolate Peanut Butter PopsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Ingredients for Chocolate Peanut Butter Pops
- 2-3 banana
- 6 oz. milk chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup of creamy, natural peanut butter
- 1 package of lollipop sticks
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pops Instructions
Making our chocolate peanut butter banana pops was very easy. Most of the work was done by the kids with guidance from me.
- Peel the banana and cut into 1-1/2 inch pieces. My kids did this very easily with plastic knives. (Some of the pieces were cut a little too small so watch them carefully!)
- Using a plastic spoon, spread some peanut butter on the top of the banana piece.
- While the peanut butter is being spread, I melted a half of a bag (about 6 oz.) of milk chocolate chips. To do this, I simply melted the chips in a small pot on low heat while stirring constantly.
- Once the peanut butter is spread and the chocolate is melted, I put the lollipop stick in the bottom and dipped it in the melted chocolate. **The melted chocolate is very hot and should only handled by an adult or much older, responsible child with adult supervision.
- Place each dipped banana face down on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Place in freezer for about one hour.
Once the banana pops are frozen, they can be enjoyed immediately. Any that you don't eat right away, return to the freezer to enjoy at a later time. Happy cooking!
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