These cinnamon glazed bananas were as fun to make as they were to eat. This is a quick and easy cooking with kids project that includes basic knife skills. (This post contains affiliate links)
This recipe came from the 100 Days of Real Food: Fast and Fabulous cookbook by Lisa Leake. Leake is one of my favorite food bloggers and her (second) amazing cookbook features many healthy and simple recipes you can make with your kids. Her focus on real food ingredients makes it easy to choose a recipe that will introduce your children to cooking healthy foods.
To make the cinnamon glazed bananas, we had to start with cutting boards and knives. I gave my kids a good amount of freedom to slice them independently, since they were using butter knives.
Cutting fruit and veggies is one of their favorite things to do in the kitchen. It makes them feel so grown up and I love watching them snack on the fresh produce along the way.
Once the bananas were sliced, I had my son bring the dirty cutting boards and knives to the sink and place all of the bananas in a bowl.
Meanwhile, my daughter helped me measure out the ingredients into the sauce pan and stir them up. We talked about the heat from the stove and I showed her how to hold the heat proof handle of the pot while stirring with the other hand.
Once the sauce was hot and bubbly, we mixed in the bananas and let them cook for approximately 1 minute. When the bananas were nicely coated and the sauce was thick, we turned off the heat and poured them over vanilla ice cream.
Cinnamon glazed bananas were the perfect match to vanilla ice cream. They were warm, gooey, sweet, and made the ice cream just a little melty.
- 4 large bananas
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Vanilla ice cream (optional)
- Slice bananas ½ inch thick
- In a medium sauce pan, combine the maple syrup, butter, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.
- Cook and stir over medium heat until the butter is melted and begins to bubble.
- Mix in the bananas and cook another 60 seconds.
- Enjoy immediately.
If you enjoyed this recipe, I recommend you check out the 100 Days of Real Food: Fast and Fabulous cookbook. It has a lot of delicious family-friendly recipes you are sure to love.
Disclosure: I received the 100 Days of Real Food: Fast and Fabulous cookbook in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.