Magic Monkey Bananas: Evidence That I Can Be a Yes-Mom

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Even though I try to plan all sorts of fun family activities, the truth is that I often tell my kids, “No.” There are only so many hours in my day. And, truth be told, dishes and laundry often pre-empt the fun stuff. I’m trying to grow in this area and redeem the days. These days of little ones will be gone before I know it, and I’m so often distracted by the busy-ness of life. So, I’m so excited to share this story with you.

A few weeks ago, the littles (FishBoy5, FishChick3 and FishChick1) and I were reading No More Cookies! the story of a little girl and her stuffed monkey who try to convince Mom to let them eat more cookies. Instead, Mom lets them make Magic Monkey Bananas. My wheels were already turning about what was in the cupboard when my guy asked, “Can we make those sometime?”

“Yes. We can. Right now.”

“Right now?!”

You will need:

some willing helpers
chocolate chips
popsicle or lollipop sticks
toffee bits
chopped nuts (not pictured)

Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave or in a double boiler until smooth.

Peel bananas and cut in half. Insert popsicle stick into the cut end of each banana half and allow kiddos to sprinkle like crazy with their favorite toppings.

Place bananas on a tray in the freezer until firm. Let your kids lick the chocolate bowl and eat up the rest of the sprinkles. (Remember today’s the day to say yes.)

Serve bananas to happy children. Watch the smiles on their faces.

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  1. What a fun activity!! I did this with my kids on a whim last summer, and they loved it!

  2. Awwww, I had completely forgotten about those! My mom made them lots and lots when I was a kid.

    I feel the need to make them with my kiddo this week. Thanks for the memory jog!


  3. I’ve got three little girls (5, 4, and 1)that will LOVE this! I sent our last banana with hubby to work today but we might have to swing by the market on the way back from Lowes today to grab some more @.19 cents a lbs!! :):)

  4. What a fun project with the kids! I am so going to have to do this! Thanks!

  5. Great idea! Thanks for sharing! I look forward to making these with my lil’ monkeys.

  6. My children loved when we attempted these. I’m thinking they might work in banana rounds (slices) too…smaller to handle. You’re kids are so cute! Chick1’s expression in that top photo is great…’Wow, Mom! You mean now???’

  7. How did you know that we’re going to the library tonight? Ha! I am going to look for this book and pick up some popscicle sticks over lunch today. Thanks!

  8. I love this idea! I will be on the look out for the smallest bananas I can find for my 3yr and 21 month old and the book from the library. Thanks for sharing your experiance we moms often get wrapped up in the unimportant when we need to be wrapped up in the littele things with our kids. I can always use the reminder that these days will not last long.

  9. Aw… sniff, sniff… you called FishBaby “FishChick1”. She’s growing up on us.

  10. I need to work on Yes.

  11. Mmm, bananas and chocolate omnomnomnomnom… yum. I’m surprised they made it to the freezer – don’t think that would happen in my house!

  12. Id’ never thought of actually making chocolate covered bananas. I’ll have to check out the books. Sound cute!

  13. You have such cute kids.Loved the choc covered bananas.We will try that one. As a mother again (48) of 4 adopted kids and waiting on 3 more (find out within this month) I’m always looking for fun stuff to do.Just picked up at Target Family fun Dinnertime mag. you all might want to check out.

  14. What a fun idea!

  15. Your kids must be the luckiest. You are that “cool” mom that all the other kids on the block wish was theirs. Awesome post! I swear, I find a new little treasure of a post EVERY TIME I’m here. Love ya, FishMama!!!!!

  16. Just did this today with my birthday boy (he’s three). We threw in a few strawberries, too. Major yum!

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