DSC06201We had some dessert-style fun at our house this week and I thought I would share the idea with you guys.

It’s been colder than a Polar Bear’s nose in these parts lately, so I’ve gravitated towards DSC06199the warm types of yummies. Two weeks ago I had a massive craving for a custard-style treat and whipped up a coconut milk, egg yolk, vanilla and honey sort of thing to satisfy my desire.

But lately, I’ve had an oldie but goodie on my mind. Used to be, when I had that end-of-day desire for a little something sweet, I’d take a banana, pop some chocolate chips on top, then zap it in the microwave. Warm, sweet, and delicious.

DSC06206We took this idea to another level this week and made “Baked Banana Splits.” The details are below, but make them your own and – as always – have fun!

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Baked Banana Splits
 
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Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 bananas, preferably ripe
  • ½ chocolate chips
  • 1 cup strawberries or cherries (frozen is fine)
  • ½ cup marshmallows (PLEASE buy the kind without high fructose corn syrup!)
  • ½ cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • (Other items might include pineapples, nuts, and whipped cream!)
  • (You will also need aluminum foil and a cookie sheet with a lip)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Tear off two rectangles of foil and place a peeled banana in the center of each.
  3. Let the kids "top" their bananas as they wish! Just try to keep the toppings as close to the bananas as possible.
  4. To develop fine motor skills, you can have wee ones try to press the chocolate chips into the banana.
  5. Fold the foil around the bananas like a package, ensuring that every edge is sealed and double-folded to prevent leakage.
  6. Place in oven and cook at 350 degrees F for at least 25 minutes. You want everything nice and melty and mushed together.
  7. Let cool before serving! This is very important as little mouths will want to dive in immediately.
  8. Top with whipped cream, if using and serve!

 

One Response to “Baked Banana Splits”

  1. on 23 Jan 2014 at 11:38 amChristine

    Definitely making these – sounds fabulous, and the boys love constructing food!

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