Banana Chips and a Healthy, Kid Approved Valentine’s Day Snack and Craft
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
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!
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!
FOR THE VALENTINE CARD/CRAFT:
What you need:
plastic bags (either craft bags or snack bags)
red paper so you can make heart shapes
monkey stickers or monkeys that you can cut out or trace
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!