Stuck for ideas on what to do these school holidays? And the idea of sitting in the park for hours not how you envisioned your break?

Make the most of the extra time and get the kids in the kitchen and develop their passion for food and cooking. Equip your littlies with basic life skills and teach them the benefits of eating and cooking fresh food from scratch by making cooking fun. Less than 1 in 3 Australian children aged between 5-14 meet the daily fruit and vegetable consumption recommendations*, so we have put together two fun ways with bananas for you to pass the time these holidays. Say goodbye to grumbling tummies and pre-packaged afternoon snacks and hello to delicious home cooked goodies. Banana BreadMakes: 10 slices Time: 1 hour -

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ? cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 50g butter
  • 2 overripe bananas
  • ? cup frozen berries

Method: 1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Lightly grease an 11x21cm loaf pan with melted butter, then line the pan with non-stick baking paper. 2. Sift self raising flour, plain flour and cinnamon into a large bowl. Mix in sugar and make a well in the centre. Combine the milk, whisked eggs, melted butter and bananas in a medium bowl. Then add to the flour mixture and stir until combined. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the surface. 3. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. 4. Remove from oven and sit for 5 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack to cool. Cut into slices and serve, enjoy!

Choc-Coated BananasMakes: 8 Time: 2 mins + 2hr freeze- 4 large, firm bananas

  • 8 paddle pop sticks
  • 2 x 400g block dark cooking chocolate
  • Crushed nuts - for topping
  • Sprinkles - for topping
  • Desiccated coconut - for topping

Method: 1. Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside. 2. Peel the bananas and chop them in half length ways. Push a paddle pop stick into the thickest end of a banana half. Lay the banana halves out on the prepared tray and freeze for 2 hours. 3. Melt the cooking chocolate in a heatproof bowl in the microwave. Stirring after 1 minute. 4. Meanwhile, set out toppings on separate plates. 5. Once frozen, remove bananas from freezer and dip in chocolate mixture. Quickly roll the chocolate covered banana in the topping over your choice and place back on tray. Put tray in freezer until chocolate and toppings have adhered to banana.

Banana Smoothie with Chocolate Makes: 2 Time: 2 minutes- 2 cups milk

  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbs yoghurt
  • ½ cup drinking chocolate
  • 5 ice cubes
  • ¼ cup quick oats

Method: 1. Sprinkle with extra drinking chocolate to serve. 2. Combine all ingredients in a blender until thick and creamy. 3. Pour into two tall serving glasses.

_*_ABS National Health Survey 2014-2015