I’ve been working hard trying to find some recipe options that would appeal to Little Chef D as well as being at her level. I have found myself looking at recipes a different way. How many steps does it have? How much cutting is involved? Are the ingredients hard to find? Mom’s Banana Dessert by Paula Deen is a perfect fit for Little Chef D. She loves desserts, but she also is very capable of making this recipe….or so I thought.
I was smarter for the pecans. I got out the chopper for her to use. This is my new favorite tool. All my Little Chefs have had pretty good (not perfect) success.
I had her save the bananas to the end to cut so they wouldn’t change color so much. Since they are so soft I thought she could cut them with a butter knife. It would be safer for her to handle, and it did work! I tried explaining uniform size to her. I’m not sure she really “got it” but she tried her best cutting so all the pieces looked the same. She did a very good job!
Now came the fun part. She lined up all the glasses in a row. We got these as a wedding gift but haven’t really used them. They were tucked away in a box, none of my Little Chefs knew we had them. All, especially Little Chef D were so excited about the glasses they wouldn’t stop talking about how pretty they were! The layering began. Since the bananas were first and Little Chef D was still a little unsure of what was happening she only put 4 or 5 in each glass.
Half way done she was really getting the hang of it. She piled on the cookies as high as the glass would let her. Then she ate whatever was left in the bowl with the spoon! She helped put on the whipping cream. We received a really neat WhipRite Whipped Cream Dispenser. I am super excited about it, but Little Chef D was not able to use it on her own. Her hands need to grow a lot more before she can use it on her own.
The dessert was topped off with the pecans. I did take the picture before the spoons were placed inside because I knew part of the dessert was going to fall out….and it did!
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 15 cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies (recommended: Oreo), crushed
- 4 bananas, sliced
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
- Chocolate syrup
Fill a large glass bowl or small parfait glasses with half the cookies, banana slices, nuts and half the whipped cream. Drizzle chocolate syrup over the cream, then layer the remaining cookies, bananas, remaining whipped cream, a little more chocolate syrup, and then toasted nuts. Serve.