A Quick and A"peel"ing Snack

How to make a fun interactive snack when the cupboards are bare you ask?
Well, maybe you didn't ask but I will tell you anyway.  I am always looking for fun ways to make the same old thing feel new, so if you have and aging banana and peanut butter you have it made!  If you look carefully you can see the banana peel under the slices, just for fun.

I am not a lover of bananas (I know, I know how could that be?) but I am trying hard not to impose my culinary dislikes on my child's pure palate. I always say, "never let them see your reaction to a food, let them judge for themselves," but I don't think you have to do much convincing to get kids to eat bananas. 
Disliking the banana has been a bit of a hardship for me, missing out on shared desserts like banana cream pie, Bananas Foster, smoothies heavy on banana, it has been tough. (tears)
Lucky for me I happen to love peanut butter so I have found that the two together are quite good. I think most of you would agree with that statement, or at least be happy for me that I can enjoy a banana with my daughter now and then. Here is an easy idea for a quick snack.
Read about the contest below and see past winners too!

Back to the task at hand.

Banana Dots on a Peel Plate
1 Banana, save 2 strips of peel for serving on
peanut butter, smooth 
shredded coconut, cereal or cracker crumbs

All we did here was to slice a banana in rounds on a plate, use a plastic knife and make sure to let the kids do it.
Give them a baggie with a tablespoon of peanut butter in it, cut off the tip to create a small piping bag. Let them squirt the peanut butter on the rounds, this will make a mess. 
Place the rounds right on top of the inside of the peel  (hard to see here) it gave it a nice curve and the girls thought it was really silly. 
Let them sprinkle the coconut or topping of choice on the rounds and eat.

Read below and enter the contest, get the kids involved and have fun.

One Kid Chef Will Win a $25,000 Scholarship Fund
Making a peanut butter sandwich has never been more rewarding. The makers of Jif(R) peanut butter, the number one choice of choosy moms, announced today a call-for-entries for the Seventh Annual Jif(R) Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest(TM). The grand
prize is a $25,000 scholarship fund with four runners-up receiving a $2,500
scholarship fund. Parents can help their kids (ages 6-12) enter this
nationwide contest between August 4, 2008 and November 14, 2008.

Through the Jif® Moms Voice Their Choice Contest™, one lucky mom will win a 4-day, 3-night trip to New York City and a seat at the judging table at the 7th Annual Jif® Most Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest™.

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Michelle at Whatscookingblog said...

In the photo, I thought the peanut butter was nutella :-) That would be an excellent variation, don't you think? We recently made a banana-nutella smoothie - pretty amazing, if we do say so ourselves ;-)

Jeana said...

We made these and they were very delicious! Fun to do. Today we made a banana hot dog with peanut butter "mustard" and jelly "ketchup". Very fun.

Anonymous said...

I hope, given that you love healthy foods, that you aren't actually feeding your child Jif peanut butter. There are way more delicious, and healthier versions of PB out there.

Those look pretty good too! The topping variations can be endless.

Jennifer Carden said...

Yes the ideas for topings are endless. It is up to the parent to decide what to use for healthy snacks and treats. I am promoting creativity and this contest is about being creative with food.

Anonymous said...

HI Jenn,
Just found your blog today and fell in love with thsi cute idea. I blogged about it over at www.kidsstuffworld.com

Keep the great ideas coming, I can't wait to read more

Jeana - Love the hot dog idea