Today’s idea is ridiculously simple… but we think they look kinda cool.
And they’re tasty – so tasty, in fact, that since we made the first batch we’ve been churning them out non stop for EVERYONE in the family, including our teens! The berry/banana combo is wonderful – the mildly ‘tangy’ flavour of the berries counter-balanced perfectly by the sweet banana – and they’re just so deliciously refreshing on a hot day.
Suitable for babies as soon as they’re able to hold food and bring it to their mouths, these Frozen Stuffed Banana Bites are a good way to serve two nutritious fruits in one. We’ve chosen blueberries because they’re the least allergenic in the berry family, but you could use strawberries, blackberries or raspberries instead… or be REALLY different and replace the berries with plums, peaches or even applesauce!
To Make Frozen Stuffed Banana Bites, You Will Need…
1 ripe banana, peeled and cut into slices at least 1/2 inch thick
pureed blueberries (we couldn’t get fresh blueberries, so we used frozen berries, thawed then pureed with a hand blender)
Preparation is easy!
Place all your banana slices on a baking sheet/cookie sheet or even a freezer-safe plate.
Using a teaspoon, carefully (but quickly – bananas turn brown!) cut out a circular hollow in each slice.
Using the teaspoon again, spoon the berry puree into each hollow.
Cover with food safe plastic wrap and place in the freezer (or better still, if you have the banana slices on a reasonably small plate, then you can use a large zip top bag to cover them. Just zip the bag and ‘tent’ it over the slices so it doesn’t touch them and they won’t stick).
Freeze until firm – ours took about 3 to 4 hours.
Serve and watch your baby gnaw away – perfect if those gums are a little sore!
Transfer the extra slices from the plate to a bag to save on freezer space, and keep a supply on hand to provide a cool treat or dessert for baby as needed (or for older family members to grab a nutritious bite on a hot day).