Banana faces: healthy snacks for children

january 5th 2015

Our Christmas vacations always end with the birthday of my oldest son and this is already the second year that we celebrate it in the car. This because in Holland the end of the Christmas break corresponds to the first week end of january, instead of january 7th as in Italy. Until now we never really payed too much attention to the celebration of our kid’s birthday, but this year we couldn’t avoid it, also because Mattia goes already to school. So… after a trip that lasted the whole week end, I found myself on monday morning planning some quick and easy healthy snacks to bring to school, the famous “traktaties”/treats. My first idea was of course to make my carrot-almond muffins, then the stroke of genius: cover some bananas with chocolate and decorate them! The receipt is almost unnecessary, what counts here is the idea: scenographic, funny and even healthy.
Actually this is not a snack I would prepare for someone that has cancer or someone who wants to prevent it. This because banana, even if it has lots of potassium and other minerals and vitamins, it contains lots of sugars that are rapidly absorbed by our body. Ideally you should eat banana after a workout, when the amount of sugar in your blood is quite low. And anyway, we should eat it in small quantities and maximum 1 or 2 times a week. Moreover I used here chocolate 70%, which has a low GI but still contains refined sugar. Using the 92% Vivani chocolate would have been better, but ok… these snacks were for 5 years old kids. My son enjoyed it and also his small brother (you have to imagine that they eat even 92% dark chocolate!), but a couple of classmates told me they really did not like the banana faces! 🙁 Proof this of the fact that our taste really depends on our habits: if we are used to refined sugar we really depend on it, but if we detoxified ourselves… it is easy to appreciate the taste of simple things, or better, the real taste of the food we eat…


Ingredients for 26 banana faces:

13 bananas
400 g of chocolate 70%
2 spoons of coconut extra virgin olive oil (optional)
26 hazelnuts
some almonds, grapes, raisins, cranberries, shredded coconut, sesame seeds, goji berries (or what your imagination suggests)
3 spoons of peanut butter
1/2 spoon of coconut oil


.peel the bananas and cut them in half
.pierce them with a wooden stick
.melt the chocolate in au bain marie, and eventually add coconut oil (this will make the chocolate a bit more shiny, but it’ s optional)
.remove the chocolate from the heat, dip the bananas and place them on a sheet of baking paper
.cut in half the hazelnuts, which will become the eyes, some almonds that will become the mouth, and some grapes that will become the mouth or hat
.decorate as desired, eventually taking inspiration from my example
.heat the peanut butter, mix coconut oil and distribute it in the lower part of the banana to simulate a scarf:-)
.let cool down and serve


Time 1 hour preparation time approximately

Difficulty very low

Prevention and DIANA diet If you want to know more about the diet recommended by Cascina Rosa (National Cancer Institute of Milan) for women who have had breast cancer, click here (only italian). This diet is anyway suitable for all the people who want to adopt a more healthy lifestyle that will help prevent cancer and other degenerative diseases.

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