Banana Delight: A Simple & Healthy Snack or Dessert

Learn how to make a simple and healthy snack or dessert that both kids &/or adults love! #kidseatright #UNLfoodfitness

Banana DelightI stumbled upon Banana Delight this past summer when I was looking for healthy recipes to utilize during my Kids in the Kitchen 4-H Workshop. The recipe was located within a Nebraska 4-H Curriculum called, “Making Food for Me Helper’s Guide.” I chose to have the youth prepare this recipe for a dessert as part of their meal. It is a healthier dessert since one serving has 3/4 cup of fruit towards your daily recommended intake.

Last week, I decided to have middle school students prepare Banana Delight as a healthy snack during my 4-H Food Smart Families class at a local school. They were super easy to make in the classroom, and at the end of the class, the students voted “No Thank You,” “Liked It,” or “Loved It” towards Banana Delight. All 17 students voted “Loved It!” Plus, several youth told me the following week that they made this recipe with their family. So, I say the recipe is a winner! Let me know if you have the same success as I have with this recipe.

4 reasons I love this recipe:

  1. Easy to Make (Only 4 ingredients)
  2. Healthy (118 calories/serving and 3/4 cup of fruit)
  3. Tastes Great (Kid approved)
  4. Budget Friendly ($0.41/serving)

Want to make an even healthier version? Substitute 2 tablespoons of low-fat vanilla yogurt for 2 tablespoons of whipped topping. This will add 27 calories to the recipe, but you will gain more healthy nutrients like protein and calcium instead of saturated fat!   Two tablespoons of whipped topping has 25 calories with 1.5 grams of saturated fat and 2 grams of sugar, so in moderation it can be part of a healthy lifestyle.

Here is the recipe…

Banana Delight

Makes 2 Servings

 Ingredients:

  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 2 pineapple slices (Canned in 100% pineapple juice)
  • 4 tablespoons whipped topping
  • 2 maraschino cherries

Directions:

  1. Cut bananas in half lengthwise. Cut each half cross-wise.Cut Bananas
  2. Place one pineapple slice on a plate.Pineapple Slice
  3. Top with 2 banana slices.Top with Banana Slices
  4. Top banana slices with 2 tablespoons of whipped topping and a cherry. ENJOY!Top with whipped topping and cherry

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Banana Delight

Makes 2 Servings

 Ingredients:

  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 2 pineapple slices (Canned in 100% pineapple juice)
  • 4 tablespoons whipped topping
  • 2 maraschino cherries

Directions:

  1. Cut bananas in half lengthwise. Cut each half cross-wise.
  2. Place one pineapple slice on a plate and top with 2 banana slices.
  3. Top banana slices with 2 tablespoons of whipped topping and a cherry.

Nutrition Information per Serving: 118 Calories, 3g Total Fat, 2g Saturated Fat, 0mg Cholesterol, 4mg Sodium, 25g Total Carbs, 18g Sugars, 1g Protein

Food Groups: Fruits 3/4 cup

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