DIY Banana Mummies (and “Things”)

October 12, 2011

DIY Banana Mummies (and "Things")

With Halloween around the corner I find myself strategizing.

Sugar will be ever-present; at school, at parties, on end-caps at the grocery store. For a family that doesn’t do much sugar, artificial ingredients, and can’t have gluten or dairy, Halloween can be more challenging than fun.

And this is where I need your help.

How do you handle the sugar of season with your kiddos? Do you buy candy back for a nickel a piece? Do you subtly raid trick-or-treat bags as you make your way around the neighborhood?

Well, while you think of the advice you’re going to give me, I will share this week’s recipe.

DIY Banana Mummies (and “Things”)

The inspiration for these Banana Mummies and “Things” comes from a recent post over at Fork and Beans. This has got to be one of the cutest posts I’ve seen in a long time. Cara does a fantastic job showing us, step-by-step, how to make and display these frozen banana pops—so I won’t get into it, but I will share that rice is involved. Anyway, I LOVED this idea and ran with it. But, since we can’t do white chocolate or even dairy-free chocolate at the moment, I needed an alternative candy coating. What I came up with may not be Godiva, but it works and we gobbled them all up as good goblins would.

Frozen Banana Mummies and Hairy Creature Things

Gluten-Free | Casein-Free | Citrus-Free | Corn-Free | Dairy-Free | Egg-Free | Fish-Free | Nightshade-Free | Peanut-Free | Potato-Free | Rice-Free | Shellfish-Free | Soy-Free | Tree Nut-Free | Wheat-Free | Grain-Free | Sesame-Free | Yeast-free | GFCF | Vegetarian | Vegan | Low Oxalate Recipe

Makes:  12-15 Mummies/Things
Active Time:  30 minutes
Total Time:  3-4 hours

Ingredients:

3 large BANANAS
3 tablespoons gently melted, food grade COCOA BUTTER
3 tablespoons powdered COCONUT SUGAR (it’s low glycemic and so easy to make it)
CANDY EYES, “safe” chocolate chips, currants or raisins

Directions:

Have the kids peel and slice (butter knife it) the bananas into 1-1/2″ chunks. Skewer bananas with lollipop sticks (available at most craft stores), or use kabob skewers cut in half using wire cutters as I did. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze.

For the candy coating; in a small bowl, mix the melted cocoa butter with the powdered sugar.

Spoon a little drop of candy coating on a frozen banana and stick on an eye (or two, or three). Using a spoon, have the kids drizzle candy coating over the bananas in all directions, avoiding the eye.

An egg carton turned upside down with little holes poked in the bottom made a good stand as we worked on them. See Cara’s post for her rice idea (toward the end).

For the “Things”; We made the orange shredded coconut by mixing a few drops of yellow and a drop of red India Tree Liquid Natural Decorating Colors with some unsweetened shredded coconut. We opted to toast the coconut for a few minutes. Voila, colored sprinkles. To assemble the “Things”: Attach eyes with a dot of candy coating. Drizzle candy coating on to coat front, avoiding eye(s). Sprinkle with coconut. Drizzle to coat back. Sprinkle again. Drizzle to coat top. Sprinkle again. You gotta work in stages as the candy coat hardens real quick on the frozen bananas.

Notes:

Cocoa Butter: If your local natural food store doesn’t carry food grade cocoa butter, here are some chips that look fantastic (just pure cocoa butter). Whatever brand you buy, ensure that it’s food grade.

Candy Eyes: These candy eyes were purchased at Michaels. You can find them in the cake decorating aisle. They contain some artificial colors and the usual yucky stuff. You can remove them prior to eating—or choose not to sweat it. Up to you.

Have fun!

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Shirley @ gfe October 12, 2011 - 11:01 am

OMG, Lexie, these creations are AWESOME! What incredible fun, and deliciousness! 🙂

xo,
Shirley

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Heather @Gluten-Free Cat October 12, 2011 - 12:17 pm

Lexie, these are adorable! My Kindergarteners would LOVE these!!!

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Betsy October 12, 2011 - 7:16 pm

omg Lex! Those are absolutely the cutest idea I've seen for Halloween! Will def make these. Thanks so much!!!

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Kim(Cook It Allergy Free) October 12, 2011 - 7:32 pm

Oh my goodness! These are the most adorable things EVER!! Once again…you amaze me with your creativity. And such a fun idea!

xo
k

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Choose Gluten Free October 12, 2011 - 8:28 pm

I like ideas that are healthier but still fun. I like treats that are healthier than most. And, frozen bananas can still be a terrific summer time treat, too.

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Cara October 12, 2011 - 10:28 pm

Oh, I love how you put it through an egg carton. That is super clever! xoxo, Cara

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Lisa @ Allergy Free Vintage Cookery October 13, 2011 - 1:03 am

So adorable! Stumbled them 🙂

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Erica October 13, 2011 - 3:02 am

Love these! So cute 🙂

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Moriah October 13, 2011 - 1:21 pm

Those are just so cute!! Love 'em!

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Lisa @ Allergy Free Vintage Cookery October 13, 2011 - 4:14 pm

Hi Lexie – I'd love to include these pops in my upcoming post about allergy-friendly Halloween parties. Is it ok to use your photo? I'll include a big credit and link back to you 🙂

Thanks,
Lisa

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Debbie October 13, 2011 - 7:22 pm

These are really the coolest treats, Lexie! My boys said "Let's make some, Mom!" xox

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Megan October 13, 2011 - 8:25 pm

Those are adorable!!

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Leslie@realfoodfreaks.com October 14, 2011 - 6:37 pm

My kids will love making these! Thanks for such an insanely adorable idea!

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Carol, Simply Gluten Free October 21, 2011 - 8:39 pm

So freaking cute!!!!

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Deanna October 26, 2011 - 12:33 am

The kiddo thinks these look amazing. And, I think the Fork and Beans blog is amazing. How had I not stumbled on that before. Thanks for introducing her to me – and for creating such a cute Halloween treat.

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JDaniel4's Mom October 29, 2011 - 11:26 am

I would love for you to add this to my Halloween Traditions link up!

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Twinkie October 16, 2013 - 2:21 pm

Fun – and healthy! – recipes! I shared this recipe on SkinnyTwinkie.com and linked to this post! 🙂

http://www.skinnytwinkie.com/2013/10/healthy-halloween-recipes/

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Lexie October 18, 2013 - 5:06 pm

Thanks you Twinkie! Heading over to check it out!! xoLexie

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flavourphotos October 23, 2013 - 9:22 pm

Wow, these look amazing! They're the perfect treat for sticky fingers 🙂

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Sabrina B October 12, 2017 - 2:25 pm

just saw this on cookeatpaleo, in a post of 10 easy Halloween treats, adorable and even though I see that this post was originally posted in 2011, I haven’t seen anything like this before, and even more importantly. appreciate that it’s been left unsweetened, there’s already enough sugar during Halloween anyway, so thank you for sharing this recipe!

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Alexa October 12, 2017 - 3:25 pm

Hi Sabrina, I hope you and your little friends have fun with this one. It can be so hard at Halloween, but with a little creativity … well, everyone can have a treat 🙂 Thanks for dropping by. Come soon!

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