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Friday, September 01, 2006

Magic Monkey Bananas

This is the closest thing I've found to a cookie cure. Come on, you know what I'm talking about.... Many bloggers have gone cookie crazy! Myself included, which I mostly blame on Vive le Vegan! Coconut-Lime Cookies, Double Chocolate Almond Explosion Cookies, Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies, Peanut 'Better' Cookies --- need I go on? I've heard reports of cookies not making it to lunchboxes because they were all eaten up! And I've even seen a blogger beg if there was some kind of cookie intervention group because her entire family might have a serious cookie addiction! People stack their cookies, others mail them to fellow bloggers.

Help is on the way, people. We found this adorable book at the library, which we've been enjoying during bed-time stories. "No More Cookies!" by Paeony Lewis & illustrated by Brita Granstrom. This book is a delicious and lighthearted treat for little cookie-lovers everywhere! And, it has a cute recipe at the end of the book....

Ingredients For Four:

2 bananas
4 ounces of chocolate (Carob chips work great)
2 tablespoons of multicolored sprinkles
4 popsicle sticks
1 sheet of wax paper (Parchment is perfect)

Melt the carob in a bowl over boiling water. Peel 2 bananas, cut in half, push popsicles sticks in cut end. Dip the bananas in melted chocolate and shake sprinkles on them. Place on paper and put in the freezer at least 1 hour. Clean-up, lick the bowl, and wait.

Then, eat your Magic Monkey Banana! YUM! These are great for sharing with your favorite people. For the most chocolate, just lick in a circle! Oh, and don't forget a hat -- it helps keep fly away hairs out of the way of your mouth!
Mom says, "We don't have to give up cookies in order to have magic monkey bananas." What a relief! :o)


Blogger Candi said...

Your daughter is just adorable!! She looks so happy, and I can see why. I never got fun books like that from the library when I was little! Magic Monkey bananas! Very cute.

You are so funny about the cookie addiction. I've never baked so many in my life. I *just* made Choc Chip ones tonight. *ugh* I need a banana!! Lol!

2:21 AM  
Blogger Dori said...

I love the sprinkles, looks like a party exploded. Beautiful and fun! We <3 these.

5:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your girl surely get a good time she looks so cute!

5:56 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Wow! Just caught up with your blog. Great photos. Looks like you've been having some fun. :) You have a beautiful family.

Those magic monkey bananas look really yummy. :)

9:45 AM  
Blogger JAM*tacular said...

Smooch those little chocolate cheeks! Muah!

:D M.

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Emmy said...

Oh, what cute pics!!! What a darling pink hat your daughter is wearing. I know my dad would love Magic Monkey Bananas!!! What brand of carob chips do you use?

11:54 AM  
Blogger Melissa West said...

Adorable, adorable, adorable! I will have to try making these with my daughter too! She will love them! Great idea with the hat!

12:35 PM  
Blogger meesh said...

One of my b/f's favorite things is the chocolate dipped bannanas they make at Humphry's Yogurt in Sherman Oaks. I like the place 'cause I can get soy ice cream :) Mmmmm!
I'll have to try these carob coated versions at home. It's way too hot here to bake! And any excuse to use sprinkles on something is great! lol

12:38 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

I love this post. I have been looking for healthier cookie recipes and I think this book is great. I want to try these banana pops, yum.

12:40 PM  
Blogger Shananigans said...

Such cute pictures! I love chocolate covered bananas. I like mine covered in chopped peanuts, yum! Of course as long as you're going to the trouble of melting chocolate you might as well have some strawberries around for dipping too.

3:32 PM  
Blogger KleoPatra said...

Could those photos show anything cuter? I think not!

And i'm not talkin' the magic monkey bananas or the page from the book (that was fun though).

Great smiles, and thanks for putting one on my face, Vicki.

I love cookies but i love these frozen delights of beauty. Sprinkles always make me happy!

6:23 PM  
Blogger laura jesser said...

Yum! What a great non-cookie! Your daughter seems to think so too!

5:38 AM  
Blogger karen said...

OMG- this looks so good! I don't think anyone couls give up cookies for good... Your daughter is adorable!

12:08 PM  
Blogger EatPeacePlease said...

This is the cutest! They look way better than the ones I made. I love how she has a hat on to keep the hairs away, great idea! What's your pup lookin at in the tree?!

12:28 PM  
Anonymous ferocious killer kat said...

wowwww!!! cute photos... yummy desert and a happy happy happy well fed kid of yours.. hehe :-)

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love that last pic.. her smile is adorable..


I can't leave comments for hardly anyone unless I do it this way.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Dreena said...

ohhh, the guilt! ((note to self: Must put more salads in the next book))!

jk! I'm not feeling *too* bad about giving a nudge to cookie-induced madness (and there WILL be plenty of cookies and sweet recipes to come)....

though, we will have to check out this book too, sounds great!

She is just too adorable with that chocolate covered mouth, btw!!

you're a funny lady, Vicki! :)

6:29 PM  
Blogger Carrieā„¢ said...

Vicki, just when I thought your daughter couldn't get any more adorable, you post these two pictures. What a sweetie!

We all have gone a little cookie crazy haven't we? I'm actually going right now to make another requested batch of Dreena's chocolate chip cookies and perhaps try a new recipe.
The banana pops look good, but I'm not a fan of the banana. I would lick the chocolate off though. :o)

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've gained about 3 pounds in the past 3 weeks and I think it's because of all the cookies I've eaten in the past month. I've got to stop. It's seriously out of control. I have about 4-5 dozen frozen right now. I'm in trouble. So instead of making cookies tonight (or better yet, using up the reserves in the freezer) for my little dinner party, I made (even worse) peach/blueberry shortcakes with Candi's tART filling. Heavenly and deadly. Maybe I should go back to cookies.

Your daughter is adorable and I love your kitchen in the background. It looks so lively and fun.

I'm curious about what part of Idaho you live in. I've been meaning to tell you I spent the first 7 years of my life in Idaho and my parents just bought a house there and are planning on moving back in the next year or so. They really wanted me to go with them but we chose TN because I just can't get past the SNOW!!!


8:59 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

hi candi: yes, & i've never gone through so much maple syrup in my life! best of luck to you in the tART contest - your peach & blackberry looks sooo goood!

hi dori: it was like a little party. & good luck to you too with your knight in shining armour pumpkin tART! "honey's not here..." I'm STILL laughing! :o)

hi emmy: i don't know...they are sold in bulk.

hi meesh: i'll have to stop into humphry's next time. is it on ventura blvd? what cross street?

hi leslie: "What's your pup lookin at in the tree?!"

Squirrels. it is all about squirrels to Jolie! I should take a photo of the circle she's worn in the grass under the walnut trees.

hi dreena: don't even tease about leaving out cookies in the next cookbook. LOL! It's a really cute story book -- my 3 year old really likes it.

hi carrie: i'll pop over to check out that new cookie recipe -- you got my interest there! :o)

Thanks for coming by everybody! Your comments are so fun to read.

9:01 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

hi crystal: candi's tart looked delicious! way to go giving that a try. i live in boise -- born & raised here, though i spent 13 years in southern california as an adult in san diego and los angeles. the weather pattern has completely changed in idaho. snow is no longer a factor. call it global warming if you will, but if it snows in the valley, it doesn't last a day & is rarely more than a light dusting. our gardening zone has officially been changed. winters are very mild now compared to when i was a kid when we'd have TONS of snow all season -- that hasn't been the case for about 10 years.

7:15 PM  
Blogger Village Mama said...

Hi Vicki!
this post is so fun! The pictures really tell a great story. I appreciate you not telling fellow readers who you are trying to help with the addiction ; )
I can't wait until my kids are a bit older so that we can make these Magic Monkey Bananas together.

2:40 PM  

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