Banana Chips and a Healthy, Kid Approved Valentine’s Day Snack and Craft

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Valentine’s Day is coming up and if you are trying to get your family to eat healthy, this day can be an incredibly frustrating holiday. Candy hearts, chocolate cupcakes, red dye and sugar loaded sweets are just about everywhere you look. Chances are, if you have kids, they will have at least one Valentine’s Day party to attend and you might even have to make a dessert to bring along. But don’t worry, I got you covered :)

 

I gave you two different Valentine’s Day dessert options this year that you can feel good about giving to your kids. They are yummy, kid approved, and best of all full of wholesome, healthy ingredients.

 

This is another adorable Valentine’s Day idea that you can make with your kids. I haven’t met a kid yet that doesn’t like banana chips and you might be surprised at how easy they are to make yourself.

 

I make them in my dehydrator, but if you don’t have one – no worries! You can make them in your oven!

 

BANANA CHIPS IN THE OVEN

Ingredients:

Bananas, as ripe as possible without being brown

Coconut oil, for greasing your pan

fresh lemon juice, for brushing on the bananas so they won’t turn brown

Optional Spices: A little pinch of cinnamon is really good on banana chips!

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat your oven to 200.

Peel the bananas and slice them thin. Place them in a single layer on a greased cookie sheet. Brush the tops of them with a little lemon juice. If you are using any spices, sprinkle them on now. Bake for 2 -3 hours or until dry. They will still be a little flexible when they come out of the oven, but will harden as they cool. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

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FOR THE VALENTINE CARD/CRAFT:

What you need:

plastic bags (either craft bags or snack bags)

ribbon

red paper so you can make heart shapes

monkey stickers or monkeys that you can cut out or trace

marker

hole punch

banana chips

DIRECTIONS:

I found these cute little monkey’s from paper cups from Wal-Mart. They were 97 cents for an 8 pack of party cups. Each cup has 3 monkeys on it so I can make a total of 24 Valentine’s Day cards. You can also use monkey stickers or if you are feeling brave, you can draw your own monkeys.

Depending on the ages of your children, they can help cut out the monkeys and heart shapes. If they can’t use scisssors yet, they can help by filling up the baggies with banana chips.

Cut out a heart shape with red paper. I used a heart shape cookie cutter to trace the heart shape. Cut out your monkeys or use stickers and stick them on the heart. Write: I’m BANANAS for YOU on the heart. Fill your snack bag or craft bag with some banana chips. Punch a hole through the heart tag and a plastic bag. String the ribbon through the punched hole and tie in a bow. Done!

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20 Responses to Banana Chips and a Healthy, Kid Approved Valentine’s Day Snack and Craft

  1. I LOVE this idea!

    My kids made Valentines that say “You’re the WRITE one” and we attached them to heart pencils.

  2. Sarah says:

    I have a few bananas in the perfect stage for this. Looking forward to trying tonight!

  3. Lakmee says:

    Hi There

    I need to make 35 goddies for a Valentines party and would like to give this a try.

    just wondering:
    1. how far ahead can you make these?
    2. what is the best way to store till I am ready to package them?

    thanks so much!
    L

    • Hi! You should store them in an airtight container (like a tupperware type container) and they should last at least a week or two. We always gobble them up so fast that I don’t think I’ve ever had them longer than a week :) But from what I have been reading, they will keep for about 2 weeks. Hope that helps!

  4. Michelle says:

    I had no idea making banana chips was this easy! Why in the world have I been buying them all this time! We are now enjoying my first of many batches to come :)

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  6. What an adorable V-Day goodie! I will remember this for my (future) kiddos. We’ve got an excalibur and some ripe bananas just waiting for me at home! :)

  7. Love this! I’ve made all sorts of chips but never thought about banana until now ;) Will give these a try…I’m sure the 2yo will love them! I’m thinking of maybe dipping half in chocolate for a lil V-day treat.

  8. Cheryl says:

    Hi. Is this 200 degree Fahrenheit or Celsius please?

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  10. Laurie says:

    Seriously! Best Valentines I have seen. I have four kids to do… I think this is it!

  11. Maureen says:

    This looks wonderful. Unfortunately our school district only allows commercially made food treats due to food allergies among the kids. That is becoming more and more common. :( Of course I understand not taking chances with lives. I’m a substitute teacher and wish I could bring in treats sometimes.

  12. Maureen says:

    Does it have to be coconut oil?
    What is Paleo or primal recipes
    Thank you

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