Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Banana Recipes: Cooking With Kids

Yummy banana recipes!
Yummy banana recipes! | Source

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.

How well did you like this recipe?

4.8 stars from 5 ratings of Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Photos of Making Our Banana Smoothies

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The Chobani Champions yogurt that we won!  Great for eating and cooking!Add the yogurt.Add the peanut butter.Add the soy milk and remaining ingredients.Mixing with the blender is great fun!Add a couple of fun straws in some fancy glasses and the kids will love it!
The Chobani Champions yogurt that we won!  Great for eating and cooking!
The Chobani Champions yogurt that we won! Great for eating and cooking! | Source
Add the yogurt.
Add the yogurt. | Source
Add the peanut butter.
Add the peanut butter. | Source
Add the soy milk and remaining ingredients.
Add the soy milk and remaining ingredients. | Source
Mixing with the blender is great fun!
Mixing with the blender is great fun! | Source
Add a couple of fun straws in some fancy glasses and the kids will love it!
Add a couple of fun straws in some fancy glasses and the kids will love it! | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 3 min
Ready in: 13 min
Yields: Serves four, six ounce glases.

Ingredients

  • 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

  1. Empty the container of Chobani Champions yogurt, the bananas, peanut butter, and cocoa powder into the blender and pulse until mixed.
  2. Add half of the ice and pulse again until thick but somewhat smooth in consistency. Add remaining ice and repeat.
  3. Pour into glasses and serve!

More bananas!

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 Pops

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The kids cut the banana into 1 inch pieces.Spread peanut butter on the top of each banana piece.Swirl the banana in the melted chocolate.Place in freezer for up to one hour and serve.
The kids cut the banana into 1 inch pieces.
The kids cut the banana into 1 inch pieces. | Source
Spread peanut butter on the top of each banana piece.
Spread peanut butter on the top of each banana piece. | Source
Swirl the banana in the melted chocolate.
Swirl the banana in the melted chocolate. | Source
Place in freezer for up to one hour and serve.
Place in freezer for up to one hour and serve. | Source

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

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.

  1. 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!)
  2. Using a plastic spoon, spread some peanut butter on the top of the banana piece.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Place each dipped banana face down on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. 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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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Another yummy, fun, cooking with kids hub. As always, I loved the photos which prove even young children can help make their own food treats.

I also learned something new as I didn't know that overipe bananas could be frozen.

Thanks for sharing this info. These recipes are also great for adults, not just kids.

Voted up across the board except for funny.


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

You had me with your title! I love all three of these ingredients! Again, another great hub with wonderful and tempting ideas. Teaching kids to cook and participate in the kitchen make for many delicious memories. Your pictures are awesome by the way. Nice tip on freezing ripe bananas. I do that for my future smoothies.

Voted up and Yum! Pinned too!


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

I can't eat bananas fast enough either, even when I buy only a few, so I often have a few in my freezer for banana bread. But I like this smoothie idea. Maybe it would be a way to get Uncle Quincy to get something healthy. Great ideas and cute kids! :)


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

The bananas will be a little mushy when they defrost but they really are perfect for baking or for smoothies. I appreciate your comments and am so glad that you are enjoying our cooking!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Haha missolive! We are definitely making delicious memories. :) So glad that you enjoyed it and thanks for the pin!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

For some reason they ripen VERY quickly in my house. I hope it works on him! :)


kelleyward 4 years ago

Sorry I messed up on my first comment ????This looks great and especially fun for hot summer days! Bookmarked voted up and useful!


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incomeguru 4 years ago from Lagos

This is wonderfully put together, a healthy meal indeed! I have shared it with my wife and that she should call the kids, follow the instructions as stated, and see how they could prepare something yummy like this...lol

Thanks for sharing!


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California

Anther winning presentation, Cara! These recipes look like so much fun. Anything with banana, chocolate and peanut butter has simply got to be yummy! I thoroughly enjoyed your picture by picture directions.

Hubhugs~


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

You're right, it would be perfect for those hot summer days! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

LOL, that gave me a chuckle, thanks incomeguru! I do hope that you give it a try though, thanks for reading and commenting.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I agree K9! They enjoyed them and I felt good about giving it to them because it was healthy. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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ChaplinSpeaks 4 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

Awesome pictures! If you ever have a picky eater, send them over to cardelean, because she makes cooking fun and delicious for the kids! We love smoothies in my house, so we will be trying that one very soon! Thanks for sharing.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Haha, thanks ChaplinSpeaks! We do have fun in the kitchen and my kiddos are very willing to try just about everything. Hope you enjoy the smoothies!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Yum, all the ingredients I love! You do a great job on this hub topic posts. The children add such a great interest to the read.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I always enjoy your cooking with kids hubs, the recipes are great as are the photos, I love cooking with my grandaughter and you give me lots of recipe ideas!

thank you, voted up and shared.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Don't they say, don't try to compete with kids or animals? LOL. I appreciate your kind words and am so glad that you enjoy these hubs. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Wow! This is an interesting hub on yummy banana-based quick dessert recipes. So nice of your kids in helping you make these tasty food. The pictures are amazing! Well-done! Please can I request you that can I use sweetened condensed milk instead of soy-milk for this smoothie? (I am not fond of soy milk!) I eagerly await your suggestion anytime.

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up & Socially Shared.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Aww, Movie Master, thanks for your compliments! I hope that you and your grandaughter enjoy cooking together as much as we do! I much appreciate your share. :)


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

My kids LOVE to help me in the kitchen. I suppose that you could use any type of milk but I don't know that I would use sweetened condensed milk. I think that I personally would find it too sweet. I used soy because that was all that I had in the house but probably would have used regular milk in its place. You could use that (or coconut milk I guess or really anything) and then add a little sugar if you need it to be sweeter. Thanks so much for your comments.


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Nettlemere 4 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

Well it had never struck me that you can freeze bananas, thanks for the tip, I shall try it.


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theclevercat 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Great ideas! I'm not a fan of bananas, but I plan to try with strawberries... although I'll need a lot more sticks. Lol.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

So glad that you learned something Nettlemere! I hope that those frozen bananas come in handy for you one day!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I don't think I've met anyone that doesn't like chocolate dipped strawberries! I'd need a whole box of sticks if it were strawberries as well!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Turned out great-loved the expression and chocolatey fingers / mouth Grace has! haha. Where are their chef hats? The smoothie sounds yummy. wonderful job promoting health.


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Maddie Ruud 4 years ago from Oakland, CA

Those chocolate peanut butter pops wouldn't last long in our house... and we don't even have any kids! ;)


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rosika 4 years ago

Amazing write here...it is so essential to cook with kids and they love doing it...voted up and useful...great hub.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

It's easy to say which is cuter, the hub or the kids. Those kids would win any day! These banana recipes with chocolate (YAY) and peanut butter come in at the top of second, though. The children obviously worked diligently even though the recipes look easy to make, tell them thanks for doing a good job for us! :)


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Yes, she was a chocolate monster after eating those bananas! Thanks for the encouragement!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Lol, they didn't last long in ours either! I don't think that it really has anything to do with being a kid or not. :)


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I agree with you rosika! I don't know if all kids love it but mine sure do! Thanks so much for reading and commenting!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

LOL, thanks RTalloni! They are good for hub promotions! :) I will definitely pass along your thanks to them. They are awesome kitchen helpers! Glad to have a had you visit today. :)


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I really love your cooking with kids hubs. I almost always have a few bananas in the freezer. The boys would love those shakes!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Teresa, we really enjoy creating them! I hope that you get a chance to make them and that your boys enjoy them.


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

Yummy! My youngest son would love these recipes. He is a big fan of both bananas and peanut butter. I will have to try these out soon. Oh and I love that picture of your kids with the blender - too cute! Great recipes - voted up and pinning!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Alissa. My kids love peanut butter and bananas as well. I think it's the monkey in them! :)


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peachpurple 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

These photos looks good to me. Gonna try them. I love bananas too. Benefits for bowel movements especially me and my kids. Voted Useful and Voted Up!!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for reading and commenting peachpurple! I hope that you enjoy these recipes and yes, bananas have many benefits!


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Tori Ross 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

I may have to try these with my picky eater. Thanks!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

You're welcome Tori Ross. Picky eaters can be quite a challenge! Thanks for reading and commenting.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

The photos with your kids gives this a real and cozy effect. Excellent!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Aww thanks Rebecca. I'm glad you enjoyed it, we had fun creating the food.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I happen to love chocolate, banana and peanut butter so I plan to try these recipes. The smoothie sounds especially delicious and I like the idea of freezing the bananas. Your photos are great and the kids are too adorable, cardelean! : )


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Fantastic vespawoolf! I appreciate all of your compliments. We enjoyed each of the recipes very much and had a great time making them.

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