Polka Dot Peanut Butter Bananas

polka dot peanut butter bananas

I gotta tell ya . . . ever since I was a kid, I could just never get into Ants on a Log.

You know those things where people spread peanut butter over pieces of celery and dot the peanut butter with raisins meant to resemble little bugs?

Yeah.  I can’t stand celery.

It’s one of those things that I do – very, very occasionally – cook with.  Like in soups.  BUT, I dice up the celery super small and use less than what’s called for.

In other words, if I don’t like the taste and texture of something, I’m not going to eat it as a “snack.”

So, especially considering that I’m not a huge raisin fan either, Ants on a Log was never a thing for me.

Until now.

See, bananas I like.  And combine them with peanut butter and chocolate chips, and BOOM:  super awesome.

Seriously.  The combo kind of tastes like cookies or cheesecake.  It’s like a dessert, but in a slightly healthy snack.  Well, it’s fruit anyway.  And you could use any type of nut or seed butter.

Best part?  The kids can make these treats themselves.

I went ahead and sliced the bananas in half and then in half again (to make four quarters out of one banana, which was easier for their little hands to hold), but then I gave them plastic knives to scoop and spread the peanut butter, and I put out a little dish of chocolate chips for them to stick in the peanut butter.

So it was interactive for them and they got to eat something they made.

Ridiculously simple and ridiculously good.

Happy Eating!

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Teddy Bear Toast

Teddy Bear Toast

Do you know what is totally cute and totally easy to make??

Teddy Bear Toast!

It’s just a few ingredients and only takes a couple of minutes, so whether you serve it as a snack or part of a meal, you are sure to have some excited kiddos.

Teddy Bear Toast

I toasted the bread instead of using un-toasted bread because it makes it easier to spread the peanut butter.  Less chance of the bread falling apart.

But you don’t have to use peanut butter.  You could use almond butter, nutella, cream cheese (polar bears), or whatever spreadable thing you thing vaguely represents a bear’s fur.

Then press on a banana slice for its ears and snout.  Top that off with two chocolate chips for eyes and a chocolate chip for his nose and you’re done!

I made a tiny hole in the banana slice snout to make that chocolate chip fit a little more snugly, but other than that, you’re pretty much just piling on the goodness.

The other thing is that this is easy for kids to make.  I usually just serve it up, but you could get your kids involved in the kitchen by letting them make their own bears.

Teddy Bear Toast

Isn’t that cute??

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Check out a couple other posts I’ve done about cute foods here:

Heart Shaped Strawberries and Sandwiches for Kids Lunches  CuteZCute Animal Palz Mini Bento Sandwich Stamping Cutter

Happy Eating!

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Best EVER Fudgy Peanut Butter Brownies

Best Ever Fudgy Peanut Butter Brownies

These things are amazing.

Fudge-ily, goo-ily, peanut buttery, amazingly amazing.

If you like fudge brownies, you’re SO going to love these.

The peanut butter is like icing on an awesome cake.  And you could probably change it up, too:  try almond butter or nutella instead.  I used honey roasted peanut butter.

Annnnnnnd I am so drooling again………

Best Ever Fudgy Peanut Butter Brownies

Anyway, I should point out that there ARE quite a few steps involved in making these brownies from scratch – but they are so completely and utterly worth it!

Plus, I had such a fun time in the kitchen cooking with my girls.  :)

I only make them once or twice a year, but that has more to do with how many I devour than how long it takes to make them.  Because they are sooooooo worth it.

Besides, you can always freeze some.

Best Ever Fudgy Peanut Butter Brownies

Now just try and tell me that those don’t look amazing!!

You can get the recipe on Food Network:  Peanut Swirl Brownies from Ina Garten.

Best Ever Fudgy Peanut Butter Brownies

Enjoy!

{I know you will!!}

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies {just add chocolate chips to 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies!}

I love these cookies.

First off – it’s tough to beat a 3-ingredient cookie.  Especially one that tastes this good.

But add chocolate:  pure, unadulterated awesomeness.

And the darn things taste like Reeses peanut butter cups!

Seriously.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Okay, look at that photo.  Four things in this cookie.

That’s it.

You have no excuse not to make these.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

First, mix together some peanut butter, sugar, and an egg.

Then stir in chocolate chips.

Roll up some dough, flatten with fork, sprinkle with extra sugar.

Try not to devour them before you bake them.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

My little helping hands decided the remaining chocolate chips should be spread over the counter.

Easier access.  :)

And my oldest daughter decided that we should put chocolate chips on top of most of the cookies before baking them, but, just so you know, they didn’t stick.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Look at that beautifulness.

These cookies are seriously addicting.  Very tempting.

I may have to make half a batch next time.

{And I think I forgot to include the yield amount in the printable recipe… it makes 24 cookies.}

And, below, is a photo of little fingers making off with my photo props.  :)

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies {and sneaky fingers!}

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Mix the peanut butter, sugar, and egg until combined.

Stir in the chocolate chips.

Shape a generous teaspoonful of the batter into a circle. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and flatten by pressing a fork into the top in an X pattern.

Generously sprinkle granulated sugar over the top of the cookies.

Bake until set, about 18 minutes.

Cool on pan for two minutes, then move to wire racks to cool.

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Click for the Free Printable PDF:  Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Enjoy!  {I know you will.}

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