One of my friends, Diane, has never been the most passionate cook in the world, especially when it comes to cooking for herself. But when she had kids, that all changed. Diane is my favorite militant mom when it comes to making sure her kids eat totally balanced, healthy meals. Compared to her, I look like Willy Wonka!
One thing is for sure, when you have 3 kids under the age of five, as Diane does, it's all about fast and fun recipes! She comes up with the most fabulous simple recipe ideas and has shared a few of them with me over the years. In fact, I loved one of them so much it's going into the weelicious lunch book (watch for it summer 2013)!
For today's recipe, I was inspired by a picture Diane sent me of her brood devouring frozen bananas on a stick with huge smiles on their faces. Reminding me of one of my own childhood favorites, I couldn't help but take Diane's treat one step further and coat them with a drizzle of chocolate before freezing. Just a little bit goes a long way towards creating a truly heavenly treat, and when you're looking for an inexpensive after-school or camp snack, these frozen bananas on a stick are a total crowd pleaser--chocolate or no chocolate!
Frozen Bananas on a Stick (makes 4)
- 2 large bananas, peeled and cut in half
- 4 wooden skewers, chopsticks or popsicle sticks
- 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, optional*
Preparation1. Carefully skewer each banana piece with a stick. If desired, dip in or drizzle with melted chocolate.
2. Freeze for 4-6 hours or until frozen through.**
*These can also be made with melted vegan chocolate chips
**You can place the bananas on a parchment-lined baking sheet or place the skewered bananas right-side up in a cup stuffed with foil