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Oct112011

Kid DIY Banana Mummies (and "Things")

With Halloween around the corner I find myself strategizing. How will I navigate the season? How will we steer clear of the gobs of sugary goodies and candy that come with it?

Sugar will be ever-present; at school, at parties, on end-caps at the grocery store. For a family that doesn't do much sugar, snubs artificial ingredients, and can't have gluten or dairy, Halloween presents a little, ahem, challenge. I will be begged and bargained with, but I refuse to succumb!

And this is where I need your help.

How do you handle the sugar of season with your kiddos? Do you buy candy back for a penny a piece? Do you subtly raid trick-or-treat bags (guilty!) as you make your way around the neighborhood ("funny mom, I only got three candies and we hit 22 houses! Whuuuu").

Well, while you craft your bit of advice (and leave it in the comment section below :), I will share this week's Lexie's Kitchen recipe. Though hardly a recipe, this is my contribution to the Paleo Parents Halloween Recipe Round-up and The Spunky Coconut Our Spunky Holiday Round-up (when the round-ups go live later in the month, I will link up).

The inspiration for these funny mummies and "Things" comes from a recent post over at Fork and Beans. This has got to be one of the cutest posts I've seen in a long time. Cara does a fantastic job showing us, step-by-step, how to make and display these frozen banana pops—so I won't get into it, but I will share that rice is involved. Anyway, I LOVED this idea and ran with it. But, since we can't do white chocolate or even dairy-free chocolate at the moment, I needed an alternative candy coating. Here is what I came up with. It's not Godiva, but it works and we gobbled them all up as good goblins would.

Frozen Banana Mummies and Hairy Creature Things

Gluten-Free | Casein-Free | Citrus-Free | Corn-Free | Dairy-Free | Egg-Free | Fish-Free | Nightshade-Free | Peanut-Free | Potato-Free | Rice-Free | Shellfish-Free | Soy-Free | Tree Nut-Free | Wheat-Free | Grain-Free | Sesame-Free | Yeast-free | GFCF | Vegetarian | Vegan | Low Oxalate Recipe

Makes:  12-15 Mummies/Things
Active Time:  30 minutes
Total Time:  3-4 hours

Ingredients:

3 large BANANAS
3 tablespoons gently melted, food grade COCOA BUTTER
3 tablespoons powdered COCONUT SUGAR (it's low glycemic and so easy to make it)
CANDY EYES, "safe" chocolate chips, currants or raisins

Directions:

Have the kids peel and slice (butter knife it) the bananas into 1-1/2" chunks. Skewer bananas with lollipop sticks (available at most craft stores), or use kabob skewers cut in half using wire cutters as I did. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze.

For the candy coating; in a small bowl, mix the melted cocoa butter with the powdered sugar.

Spoon a little drop of candy coating on a frozen banana and stick on an eye (or two, or three). Using a spoon, have the kids drizzle candy coating over the bananas in all directions, avoiding the eye.

An egg carton turned upside down with little holes poked in the bottom made a good stand as we worked on them. See Cara's post for her rice idea (toward the end).

For the "Things"; We made the orange shredded coconut by mixing a few drops of yellow and a drop of red India Tree Liquid Natural Decorating Colors with some unsweetened shredded coconut. We opted to toast the coconut for a few minutes. Voila, colored sprinkles. To assemble the "Things": Attach eyes with a dot of candy coating. Drizzle candy coating on to coat front, avoiding eye(s). Sprinkle with coconut. Drizzle to coat back. Sprinkle again. Drizzle to coat top. Sprinkle again. You gotta work in stages as the candy coat hardens real quick on the frozen bananas.

Notes:

Cocoa Butter: If your local natural food store doesn't carry food grade cocoa butter, here are some chips that look fantastic (just pure cocoa butter). Whatever brand you buy, ensure that it's food grade.

Candy Eyes: These candy eyes were purchased at Michaels. You can find them in the cake decorating aisle. They contain some artificial colors and the usual yucky stuff. You can remove them prior to eating—or choose not to sweat it. Up to you.

Have fun!

Reader Comments (19)

OMG, Lexie, these creations are AWESOME! What incredible fun, and deliciousness! :-)

xo,
Shirley

October 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShirley @ gfe

Lexie, these are adorable! My Kindergarteners would LOVE these!!!

October 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather @Gluten-Free Cat

omg Lex! Those are absolutely the cutest idea I've seen for Halloween! Will def make these. Thanks so much!!!

October 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBetsy

Oh my goodness! These are the most adorable things EVER!! Once again...you amaze me with your creativity. And such a fun idea!

xo
k

October 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim(Cook It Allergy Free)

I like ideas that are healthier but still fun. I like treats that are healthier than most. And, frozen bananas can still be a terrific summer time treat, too.

October 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChoose Gluten Free

Oh, I love how you put it through an egg carton. That is super clever! xoxo, Cara

October 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCara

So adorable! Stumbled them :)

Love these! So cute :)

October 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Those are just so cute!! Love 'em!

October 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMoriah

Hi Lexie - I'd love to include these pops in my upcoming post about allergy-friendly Halloween parties. Is it ok to use your photo? I'll include a big credit and link back to you :)

Thanks,
Lisa

These are really the coolest treats, Lexie! My boys said "Let's make some, Mom!" xox

October 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

Those are adorable!!

October 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

My kids will love making these! Thanks for such an insanely adorable idea!

October 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie@realfoodfreaks.com

So freaking cute!!!!

October 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarol, Simply Gluten Free

The kiddo thinks these look amazing. And, I think the Fork and Beans blog is amazing. How had I not stumbled on that before. Thanks for introducing her to me - and for creating such a cute Halloween treat.

October 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna

I would love for you to add this to my Halloween Traditions link up!

October 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJDaniel4's Mom

Fun - and healthy! - recipes! I shared this recipe on SkinnyTwinkie.com and linked to this post! :)

http://www.skinnytwinkie.com/2013/10/healthy-halloween-recipes/

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTwinkie

Thanks you Twinkie! Heading over to check it out!! xoLexie

October 18, 2013 | Registered CommenterLexie

Wow, these look amazing! They're the perfect treat for sticky fingers :-)

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterflavourphotos

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