This is what these Strawberry Santas would say if they could talk. In fact they would, except I never gave them mouths. Although doesn’t this look like an album cover? I grew up with CDs (that makes me an old-er millennial) and these Strawberry Santas definitely look like they belong on a CD cover. Or vinyl ;-)
I love getting kids in the kitchen. It teaches them basic cooking and food preparation skills, fundamentals for life! Home Economics was one of my favourite courses in school, and I am sad it is no longer apart of the required curriculum in school. Whenever I get to teach children about food and cooking in my education job, I feel immensely satisfied. It’s one of the best things I do!
When cooking with kids: Make it cute, easy and fun. The healthy part isn’t quite necessary. That can come later! I usually like to start with something fun, like chocolate chip cookies. Although in this recipe, we are making something simpler than cookies, requires no heat at all: Strawberry Santas! Strawberries are high in the antioxidant vitamin C, they make a great snack and are versatile to be used in a number of dishes.
RECIPE :: Strawberry Santas
1 Banana – use ones that are slightly under ripe for better consistency
1 Tube Black Gel Icing
3 Tablespoons white icing (the store bought one is fine)
- For strawberries: Wash pat dry and remove the tops. Slice ¼ off the bottom. Pat both sides dry with a paper towel.
- For banana: Slice into coins, about ¼” thick.
- Arrange banana coin onto bottom slice of strawberry.
- Using a toothpick or chopstick (haha), place a bit of icing in between the bottom slice of strawberry and banana. This is Santa’s beard.
- Arrange the top of the strawberry (the hat) on the banana coin.
- Using gel icing, draw on two dots on the banana for eyes.
Michelle’s Note: Don’t make these too far in advance, because the bananas will start to brown. If the hat slides off the face and body, secure with a toothpick!