Twenty-seven pounds. That’s the amount of bananas most Americans eat each year. People eat more bananas than either apples or oranges, according to Chiquita bananas. They may just be the perfect fruit – they’re full of potassium, vitamin C and other nutrients. Even better, kids actually eat them! Once your kids are done downing them plain, trying mixing it up with these banana recipes. To start out the day, whirl up a winter smoothie and serve alongside banana crumb muffins. As an after-school snack, make PB&J banana dogs or no-bake cookie squares. As a treat, make frosted banana cookies.
This recipe for no-bake cookie squares from Chiquita Bananas has only three ingredients – ripe bananas, peanut butter baking chips and granola mix. Line a pan with nonstick foil. Then, in a saucepan add peeled bananas and mash. Over medium-low heat, add the baking chips, melt and then stir in granola. Press the mixture into the pan. Refrigerate and then cut and serve to hungry kids (these are great packed in lunches, too).
So if your kids aren’t fans of the regular variety (or even if they are), try this version of banana sushi from Babble. Here’s how it works: Peel a firm banana and then cover it in something to help the toppings stick like Nutella, cream cheese, marshmallow spread or Greek yogurt. Next, roll the banana in colored sprinkles, chopped nuts, cookie crumbs or whatever else comes to mind.