Banana Swirl {and an introduction to cooking with your kids!}

Posted on May 27 2013 - 7:00am by Traci

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Okay, I am going to get a little nostalgic for a minute 🙂 Did anyone else grow up watching Mr.Rogers Neighborhood? I LOVED that show. I don’t know why, but I would so look forward to getting to watch it on PBS. My little guy loves PBS and there is a new show created by the “Mr.Rogers Foundation” called Daniel Tigers Neighborhood. It’s SO cute! And actually teaches some really good things! There are always catchy little songs that go along with a lesson they are learning, and they are so helpful! We actually use them with our little man when we are trying to teach him little principles {Sharing, feelings, etc.} Anyway! Love the show, I am always grateful for kids shows that still teach good values. Anyway! One day we were watching it and on this episode, Daniel Tiger and his Mom made “Banana Swirl”. They just froze some bananas and blended them up to make a banana ice cream. My little guy begged and begged to make “Banana Squirrel” 🙂 I have seen a lot of ideas on Pinterest of different variations, but this is what we came up with, and what we like.

I also wanted to add that cooking with my little man is my FAVORITE thing ever! I really hope to be able to look back and have my son remember the time spent in the kitchen, and teaching him a new skill, and that he can do hard things! I have been cooking with him since he was about 18 months old {maybe a bit sooner} And it has taught me a lot of patience, and is actually really helpful, too! I just wanted to share my experience and hopefully keep sharing some of our favorite easy recipes {And maybe some tips on how to cook with your kids in general, and have fun at the same time {even with more difficult recipes!} My son and I love the time together, and I love being able to watch him improve. He is two and a half now and can successfully crack an egg for me and mix ingredients in the bowl without spilling {very much!} He has come a long way. 🙂

Banana Swirl

4 bananas {Frozen}
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa
1/2 Cup Milk {or water if you can’t do milk}

Pull your bananas out of the freezer {I like to use my bananas that have gotten really soft and squishy and just take the peel off and throw them in the freezer to use later on for this recipe! Great way to not waste those old bananas!}

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 Cut them up {anyway you like, just so that they blend better} Then toss them into your blender or food processor. I then add the milk {or water} to make it a bit more smooth. After the bananas are creamy and you can no longer see chunks,add the cocoa and pulse until completely blended.

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Enjoy immediately! 🙂

You can freeze this recipe, but the consistency isn’t as wonderful 🙂 I compare the texture/look to a Wendy’s Frosty. It’s amazing, you’ve GOT to try it. My kids down this stuff as fast as ice cream, and it’s all fruit! No sugar added! You do have to love bananas though, so keep that in mind 😉

I hope you enjoy this as much as we do! I have also added peanut butter and enjoyed that, but still love the simple cocoa/banana combination!

Happy Cooking with your kiddos! It’s a great way to make memories while doing something you need to do anyway! 🙂
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