Healthy Banana Snack with a Caterpillar

A Fun and Healthy Banana Snack for Children

Who doesn’t love caterpillars?  Even the older children love this fun food craft that provides entertainment and a healthy banana snack.



We are reading a sweet book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, by Eric Carle and found some inspiration in the kitchen. With allergies today, we work hard to avoid all of the anti-nutrients that children are given today! [see here]

With a chuckle from the kitchen, we have a lot of fun with sous chefs in our kitchen and I encourage the ideas, so long as the ingredients are real food.Healthy banana snack; Caterpillar

Once when a Licensing Agent came into our home to see if we were all doing well with our foster daughters, she panicked.  I looked and asked if she was O.K., and very slowly she told me that my 5-year-old son had a-knife-in-his-hand.  I smiled and showed her that he has been cutting tomatoes for a while and was better than many adults. She is amazed. In this moment, I realize our little blessings in the kitchen have always been beside me as we work on recovering health.

Bananas are a great source of potassium and fat. Almond butter is high in protein and other nutrients especially if soaked and crisped. [see here]

These are the ingredients I have in the kitchen, but use your imagination:

1 banana per child

A jar of organic peanut butter or almond butter (without sugar is best)

Raisins or Carob Chips for eyes

Organic shredded coconut (optional)

Organic potato sticks for legs or Dried Cherries for feet

Easy directions:

Everyone washes their hands. Give every child a plate with a banana and a butter knife.

Cut banana into bite size pieces. Spread peanut/almond butter on the slice and press into the next banana piece until all slices are smeared with nut butter and the caterpillar sticks together.

Now break the crispy sticks for cute little legs placed on both sides of every slice of banana. We also have one made with dried cherries for feet.

Put on eyes. Sprinkle some shredded coconut on for a little furry caterpillar or for snow.

Enjoy the fun (and taste) of this healthy banana snack; Caterpillar.

banana caterpillar





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Mandy is the force behind the advocacy portal Real Food Recovery. Since losing a 4 yr old to cancer while fostering to adopt, Mandy founded a nonprofit organization recovering children at-risk using fun and real food. As a Mom to birth, foster, and adopted children, author, Nutritional Therapist, & NRT, Mandy shares simple, affordable ways to recover health and to have fun, while supporting your doctor... Connect with Mandy through Twitter and Facebook.
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3 thoughts on “Healthy Banana Snack with a Caterpillar

  1. […] I love to eat Catepillars […]

  2. […] hug them and tell them “well-done”.  A little snack with good healthy fat or (this easy one) will help them remember better too! Repeat one time each day until 1 minute is done well, then you […]

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