Easy Goodies to Make with Kids

by Erica

Summer is a great time to cook in the kitchen with the kiddos. It keeps them busy, everyone has a great time, and the results are delicious. But with hot summer days, sometimes the LAST thing you want to use in your home is the oven. That is why Rice Krispies Treats® marshmallow squares are perfect. You can get together in the kitchen, make a scrumptious snack, and never once turn on your oven.

It also allows the younger members of your household to lend a hand and help you prepare something yummy to eat.

Rice Krispies® Frozen Banana Treats™ are easy-to-make goodies that can also help you cool down on a hot summer day.

So corral your children into the kitchen and grab the following ingredients:

  • 4 medium bananas, peeled and halved horizontally
  • 2 1/2 cups Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped dried fruits or flaked coconut
  • 1 package (16 oz.) vanilla-flavored candy coating or vanilla-almond bark
  • 8 ice cream sticks

Are you ready to make some Rice Krispies® Frozen Banana Treats™? Here are the directions (which can also be found on RiceKrispies.com):

  1. Place banana pieces on foil-lined baking sheet. Then cover with plastic wrap. Freeze until needed. 
  2. In shallow dish combine KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal and fruit. Set aside.

  3. In small saucepan melt candy coating according to package directions. Remove from heat. Pour into another shallow dish. (Adults, please assist your children with this step.)

Remove bananas from freezer and insert an ice-cream stick into cut end of each banana piece.
  5. Dip banana halves into melted candy coating, letting excess drip off. Roll in cereal mixture until evenly coated.
  6. Return to baking sheet. Freeze for 15 minutes. Transfer to airtight container.
  7. Freeze for 2 hours to 1 week. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.

Kid-friendly Kitchen Tips:

Here are a few ways that your children can get involved in helping you in the kitchen! (And of course, while having fun in the kitchen together, children of all ages should have an adult assistant with them at all times when cooking.)

  1. The youngest chefs, 3 to 6 years old, will be very good at inserting the ice cream stick into the banana halves and they will love to crush the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal.

  2. Older chefs, ages 7 to 9, can use a table knife to cut the banana in half and they will enjoy “dipping” the bananas into the melted candy coating too.

  3. Kids, older than 9 years, may stir the candy coating on the cook top or help prepare it for the microwave and may also help read directions to the younger kids.

You can find even more recipes at RiceKrispies.com. If you haven’t already, be sure to enter your child’s drawing or recipe into our Ultimate Summertime Rice Krispies Treats™ Challenge. We have some great Rice Krispies Treats™ prize packs to give away!! Don’t forget entering is as easy as telling us in the comments section what ingredients your child would use to make his/her ideal Rice Krispies Treat.

Also, Rice Krispies just launched their Facebook book page, so make sure to check out www.Facebook.com/RiceKrispies and “like” them!

Disclosure: This is part of a paid campaign sponsored by Rice Krispies® cereal.

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Erica has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom writing team since the summer of 2008. She is a mom to three little ones - Audrey (7), Isaiah (4) and Christian (3).

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Crystal & Co July 23, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Awesome! I love this… in Texas it is just too hot to think about turning on the oven.

I am going to share this link with my facebook readers. :-)


2 Melinda July 24, 2010 at 12:09 am

Yum! I wonder if my kids would even know it is a banana in there. I’m trying this. Perfect for a hot FL day.


3 Linda M July 26, 2010 at 9:07 am

I love this recipe. There’s two things I promised to do as a Meema. One, read to my grandchildren AND promote them reading all thru their life. AND two is cooking with them & bestowing a love of cooking as they grow. I talked over the recipe with my oldest Grand daughter( age 9) and she said the recipe is perfect except for some mini chocolate chips OR some chocolate sprinkles………now she is a girl after my heart!


4 april yedinak July 26, 2010 at 7:55 pm

One of my favorite treats is to take a banana and smear it with peanut butter and roll it in rice krispies. Yummy!!


5 paula July 27, 2010 at 11:07 pm

my kids would love these perfect snack for after school! @paulakap8


6 Jamie July 27, 2010 at 11:10 pm

I love regular rice krispy treats with marshmallows, every now and then I will throw in some different candy, too, or use cocoa krispies and marshmallows. YUM!


7 Shawnee July 28, 2010 at 2:22 am

I love rice krispy treats any time of year. My kids love when I cut them into cute shapes.


8 Patti DelValle July 28, 2010 at 2:36 am

Well, my daughter is grown- BUT we would put any kid of fruit, especially cherries in there- and we do sometimes for Christmas, along with a tiny bit of mint to make it festive and Ooooh so good!


9 Janene July 28, 2010 at 7:41 am

We use cookie cutters to make fun shapes out of Rice Krispie treats. Then decorate them with little candies. So fun AND yummy.


10 Tiffany (As For My House) July 28, 2010 at 8:02 am

My kids aren’t banana fans, so we’ll have to check out the other recipes over at RiceKrispies.com.

M&M’s would definately be the favorite thing around here!


11 Nancy July 28, 2010 at 8:11 am

Rice Krispie treats are awesome and easy to make. I love forming them into fun shapes.


12 Sheryl July 28, 2010 at 9:16 am

We would have to convert the ingredients to gluten-casein-egg-peanut free first…but after that Enjoy Life! chocolate chips would be a must!! Everything tastes better with chocolate chips on it!!


13 sarah t July 28, 2010 at 9:41 am

my son said he would love rice krispie treats with the mini m and m’s in it


14 Beeb Ashcroft July 28, 2010 at 10:44 am

I don’t have children yet, but my personal favorite way to make Rice Krispies treats would be to use marshmallow fluff, rice krispies, and chocolate! Yummy! Thank you for the giveaway! :)


15 Kristen Eby July 28, 2010 at 11:39 am

we love putting mini chips in our krispie treats! oooey gooey yumminess


16 Julie L July 29, 2010 at 9:16 pm

We like putting peanut butter in our rice krispies


17 Michelle Ricart August 4, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Love rice Krispies!! Homemade or store bought


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