Banana Recipes for Families

Bananas are easy to pack in a kid's lunchbox or toss in the car for a quick, on-the-go snack. But what can you do with the leftover bananas besides making bread? There are so many possibilities. You can slice them up and mix them into banana pudding. Or what about mashing them to make frosted banana cookies? Blend bananas in with oats for healthy squares you can serve as an after-school snack. Or for a more decadent take on bananas sweet side, whip up a banana cake with cream cheese frosting. It's time to stock up on bananas so you can make these fun recipes for your family.

Banana Pudding

No need for a box – making pudding from scratch is easy. There are only a few ingredients in this banana pudding recipe from Southern Living. Mix and heat together like flour, salt, milk, sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks for the pudding. Once the pudding is done, layer in banana slices and vanilla wafers. For the final touch, add meringue to the top of the pudding, then bake.

Frosted Banana Cookies

This recipe for frosted banana cookies from Land O'Lakes includes a zip of orange zest to add a citrus zing. Top off the cookies with brown sugar icing for an after-school snack your kids will love.

Quick Banana Cornbread

Bananas … and cornbread? The two mix surprisingly well in this recipe for quick banana cornbread from Chiquita Bananas. To up the nutritional value, this cornbread includes wheat flour, too. Serve warm with a little bit of melted butter and a drizzle of honey.

Banana Oatmeal Squares

Banana bread, meet oatmeal. In these ultra-healthy banana oatmeal squares from Chocolate-Covered Katie the sugar is kept to a minimum. Instead of butter or regular oil, this recipe calls for coconut oil.

"Cocoa-Nut" Bananas

There are only three ingredients in these "cocoa-nut" bananas from Eating Well. No baking needed! Here's how to make them: Cut fresh bananas into slices and then dunk into cocoa, top with toasted coconut for a good-for-your-kids treat worthy of dessert, but healthy enough for a snack.

Banana Snack Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Indulge your sweet tooth with this banana snack cake with cream cheese frosting from Brown Eyed Baker. The batter for the cake is almost like that of banana bread, but the rich frosting is definitely all cake.

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