Minimal Monday: Copycat Trader Joe’s Gone Bananas!

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Copycat Trader Joe’s Gone Bananas is one of the simplest recipes on the blog, and one of the most outrageously delicious frozen desserts you’ll ever eat!

Frozen Chocolate Covered Banana Bites

A quick little post today — we had a busy weekend and I’m still recovering.   But I think you’ll be glad you stopped by, these dark chocolate covered frozen banana bites are so good.  They’re a copycat version of Trader Joe’s Gone Bananas.  The last time I was at my sister’s she brought out a box and it didn’t even make it all the way around the table before it was emptied.  That’s like throwing down the gauntlet to a food blogger.  Why buy something in frustratingly small boxes when you can make them yourself?

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If you haven’t had the TJ’s Gone Bananas you’re in for a treat.  The frozen banana tastes just like ice cream, and the chocolate shell is rich and crunchy.  Since you’re making them yourself you can use your favorite chocolate.  I like dark, but milk or white works too.  The magic is in the coconut oil, which, when melted with the chocolate, makes a coating that hardens instantly on contact with the cold banana.

TIP: Top the coated banana slices with crushed nuts, coconut, or sprinkles before the chocolate hardens.

Copycat Trader Joe's Gone Bananas!

Yield: serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1 heaping cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Slice the banana and place the slices on a tray. Put the tray in the freezer until the bananas are frozen solid. About an hour.
  2. Meanwhile place the chocolate chips and the coconut oil in a small microwave safe bowl or measuring cup. Microwave for 30 seconds and then stir. Microwave for another 15 seconds and stir again, until all the chocolate is melted and smooth. Put it back in the microwave for another few seconds if necessary. Don't over heat. Set the chocolate aside to cool.
  3. When the bananas are frozen, dip them into the cooled chocolate and coat on all sides. I like set the slices on a fork and then use a spoon to help drizzle the chocolate all over. Let any excess chocolate drip off before setting the slice down on parchment or waxed paper. Put the slices back in the freezer right away.
  4. You can store the slices in a zip lock freezer baggie once the chocolate has hardened.
https://theviewfromgreatisland.com/copycat-trader-joes-gone-bananas/

notes:

  • Spread a dab of peanut butter on the frozen bananas before coating them if you like.
  • Slide a popsicle stick into the sliced bananas BEFORE freezing and dipping them.

Copycat Trader Joe's Gone Bananas!

 

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Copycat Trader Joe's Gone Bananas is one of the simplest recipes on the blog, and one of the most outrageously delicious frozen desserts you'll ever eat! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

90 Comments

  • Reply
    Misty Hagen
    December 8, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Has anyone used bacon slices on the bannanas before dipping them in chocolate? I would imagine blueberries would also taste devine coated in this chocolate as well.

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      Sue
      December 8, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      Oh gosh Misty, I like the way you think!

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    Michelle Torres
    October 27, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Hi, may I use coconut milk instead of coconut oil?

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 27, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      Not really Michelle, but you can leave the coconut oil out entirely, or use any other mild vegetable oil. The purpose is just to help the chocolate melt, but you can’t add anything that contains water to chocolate or it will ‘seize’ up into a solid mass.

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    TMC
    October 13, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Somebody sent me a pic of themselves eating the Trader Joes version & told me they were addicted so I thought”oh I can make those” I looked up the recipe and found yours. I tried it and they came out awesome! Now I’m addicted too. I did some plain, some with toasted coconut and some with almonds. They were all delish! I did two bananas and doubled the chocolate but I had a lot of chocolate left over. I’ll probably do 1 1/2 times on the chocolate next time.

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      Sue
      October 13, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      Love the toasted coconut and almonds!

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    Sherri
    September 30, 2017 at 8:47 am

    These are so addictingly delicious! I used 5 bananas thinking I can freeze some for snacks. The kids and I devoured them. Thanks for posting the recipe. It’s a great healthy snack for my family.

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      Sue
      September 30, 2017 at 8:55 am

      I’m so glad this worked out so well for you and your family Sherri :)

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    Virginia Graves
    September 19, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    I love reading the comments as we all can put in more ideas. this sounds so good. I plan on making them for halloween party for kids. I think they will love them. Thanks for other ideas too. must try them all..

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 19, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks Virginia, let us know how it works for the kids!

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    Carmella
    August 24, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Should the bananas not be overripe? I have three pretty brown ripe bananas

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      Sue
      August 24, 2016 at 7:08 am

      You can use them, Carmella, but I think less soft bananas will slice better. The flavor should be good!

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    Jules @ WolfItDown
    August 17, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    MMMmm! Perfect bite sized treats! I tend to use coconut oil to sort of “temper” the chocolate too, it works a treat :D x

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    Mary Lou Kelp
    July 23, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    My husband wants me to make the Chocolate Eclair Cake, but for some reason, I can’t pull it up. Can you send it to me? My E-mail address is : maryloukelp@gmail.com.

    Thank you,
    Mary Lou Kelp

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    Tabitha
    June 21, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Do you know calories and serving size? These are very delicious.. And I will like this as a healthy/ naughty snack.. Lol..
    I have made these few times already.. And everyone loved them..

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      Sue
      June 22, 2016 at 8:29 am

      I don’t know the calories offhand, Tabitha, but I think they are a healthy snack, and I’d say about 4 would be a serving size.

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        Stephanie Reedy
        June 28, 2016 at 7:08 pm

        I Think these are something that look very good to snack on. Easy to make and fun to eat.

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      Matt
      August 12, 2016 at 7:41 am

      Tabitha – the calories are going to be the sum of the calories in a banana, the calories in a cup of the chocolate that you are using, and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. If you are looking for calories per banana slice, then just divide your total by how many slices you came out with per banana.

      Mine came out to:
      Banana – 105 calories
      2 tbsp coconut oil – 240 calories
      ~ 1 cup 62% cacao dark chocolate chunks – 1,120 calories
      Total: 1,465 calories

      If you came out with 20 slices per banana, that makes each slice about 73 calories. That seems high to me! Also, since (by my calculation) about 60% of the calories are coming from fat, I wouldn’t call these a “healthy” snack. Although they are non-dairy and probably healthier than just ice cream! Also, since I’m being thorough, the Trader Joe’s version, Gone Bananas, has 130 calories for 4 slices, or 32.5 calories per slice. They must be using low-fat chocolate!

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        Jessica
        April 27, 2017 at 8:43 am

        I will say that when I’ve made these I have used 2-3 bananas and much less chocolate chunks. you really can stretch out the amount of chocolate per piece.

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    Kathy
    May 16, 2016 at 9:44 am

    These are much better than the Trader Joe ones.

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 16, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Thanks Kathy, I think that’s because we use better chocolate making it ourselves than any mass produced product does.

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    Lisa
    May 3, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    I make these and roll them in organic unsweetened shredded coconut after dipping them in the chocolate.

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 3, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      I like that!

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      Julie
      July 8, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      Uhh… I was going to make these as-is for a retro Tiki party I’m throwing, but now I think I’ll do the coconut trick, to half of them anyway! Awesome!

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        Sue
        July 8, 2016 at 3:17 pm

        You could put them on popsicle or lollipop sticks, too Julie.

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    Pelican
    April 21, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    For young children: slice the banana, lay on cookie sheet, poke a chocolate chip in the middle, and freeze. We put four in a small plastic bag and keep in the freezer. Helps with self control, a little bit.

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    Brittany
    April 11, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Hi there! Any advice on how to get added into the “All about “Food” group board? Came across your pin on there and it looks AMAZING!

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 11, 2016 at 8:30 am

      Hi Brittany — I’m not an admin on that board, so I don’t know. Check with the very first person listed on the board, that will be the owner. Good luck, and thanks for stopping by :)

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    Ashley
    April 3, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    These were awesome and so simple! My chocolate took a lot longer to melt in the microwave – about a minute stopping every 30 seconds to stir. I cheated and did not freeze the bananas first. Still worked.

    I made two bananas with the chocolate and still had a bunch left over. So I spread it on a silicone sheet and pressed some dried fruit, nuts, and puffed millet in it for an additional chocolatey goodness snack. Had to pop it in the freezer to get it to harden, and then kept the finished goodness in the freezer. Yum.

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 5, 2016 at 11:26 am

      Glad you had some fun with this Ashley!

  • Reply
    Mrs. Medeiros
    March 22, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Any idea how long these will stay fresh in the freezer? Thinking about making a bunch to keep and have on hand for a healthy grab and go snack. Thanks!

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      Sue
      March 22, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      I think the banana would start to degrade fairly quickly, but that’s just my guess…they’ve never lasted long here, so I don’t know :)

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    Tiffany
    March 14, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Thank you for this.! It is delicious.!

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    ray
    February 15, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    hi! can you add peanut butter to the chocolate?

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 15, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      The best way to add peanut butter is to spread a layer on top of the frozen banana, then refreeze until firm, and then dip! I don’t think the chocolate will harden properly if you try to mix peanut butter into the chocolate coating.

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        Erin J
        March 21, 2016 at 11:42 am

        We make these all the time with peanut butter! What has worked the best for us is to pipe the peanut butter on top of the banana slices with a piping/frosting bag. Then freeze before dipping in the chocolate!

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          Sue
          March 21, 2016 at 11:55 am

          Sounds yummy!

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        mary evans
        March 31, 2016 at 7:17 pm

        you can sprinkle with peanuts!
        I actually use a half banana with a popsicle stik in it, freeze that, then dip in chocolate then peanuts, freeze 2 hrs.

  • Reply
    Alice lim
    January 2, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Hi Sue, Is this recipe lastose free if using dark chocolate?

    • Reply
      Alejandro N.
      October 31, 2016 at 8:40 am

      Yes unless you use milk chocolate.

  • Reply
    suzi
    December 10, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    i am thinking of adding some crunch when i try to make these myself. gonna sprinkle some brown rice cereal on the frozen nanas before i dip and see…. thanks for sharing such sweet little treats!!

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 10, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      Let me know how it turns out Suzi. I think maybe coating with chopped nuts after the chocolate might be good, too.

  • Reply
    kisha274
    August 27, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Could I do this with Cacao nibs??? Maybe a mixture of Cacao nibs, Organic maple syrup and Organic coconut oil?

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 28, 2015 at 6:57 am

      I’ve never melted cacao nibs before, but if they melt, I’m sure you could use them Kisha.

  • Reply
    amboire
    June 10, 2015 at 9:09 am

    it might be handy to stick a toothpick in the fruit slices before freezing – would make it easier to coat the fruit and use for nibbling handles when ready. We made this last night using 1/2 chocolate chips and 1/2 peanut butter chips. It made enough to coat the banana slices and a handful of frozen cherries (my hubby *raved* about the cherries).

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    Sue
    April 24, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    OMGGGG , I just made 3 bananas, WOW!!!! Better than ice cream, I have been eating healthly for about a month and I lost about 10 pounds, this is so easy and the best snack, I love, Love them!!! Thank U so very much!!!

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      Sue
      April 24, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      Yay~!!!!!

  • Reply
    Liz
    April 12, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    I love these! They were so fun to make and a delicious, healthy-isn treat ;)

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    jamie
    February 12, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    AMAZING! These are SOOOOOO GOOOOOOOD! Work fast though because they thaw really fast. I did 6 bananas at a time and had to stop halfway through and refreeze the slices, small batches would be best. I used 60% cocoa and they were perfect

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 12, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      Wow, 6 bananas? You’re set for a while!

  • Reply
    Megan
    February 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    I was just wondering if it’d be possible to get the nutritional information for these? They look delicious

    • Reply
      Ivy
      February 23, 2015 at 11:12 am

      The nutritional information all depends on what brands of coconut oil and chips you use.In a nutshell who really cares? They are healthy for you because of the 3 ingredients used. So what I would say is .. make a batch and sit back and enjoy guilt free!

    • Reply
      Tammy
      April 3, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      1 cup of dark chocolate chips has over 800 calories
      2 TBS of coconut approx 230 calories
      1 Banana approx 100 calories

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    Mejia Mamma
    January 28, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Hi there – these are my FAV things to buy at TJ’s…and I’ve made some myself in the past just melting chocolate chips in a zip bag and sort of ‘piping’ a bit onto the banana slices…however I was wondering with your recipe, if maybe I could just use unsweetened cocoa powder mixed with the coconut oil…wonder if it would harden the same way? :-/

    • Reply
      Sue
      January 28, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      That’s an interesting thought, Mejia Mamma… I’m not sure what would happen because you’d probably need more coconut oil to blend the cocoa powder in…let me know if you try it!

    • Reply
      bridget
      July 8, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      I’ve done it successfully with a mixture of melted coconut oil, cocoa powder, and maple syrup. (about equal parts coconut and cocoa powder, to a half part or less of maple syrup)

      • Reply
        Sue
        July 8, 2015 at 3:42 pm

        Great to know!

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    Sarah
    January 25, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    I just made these and they are fantastic!!! Thank you so much for the recipe!

    • Reply
      Sue
      January 25, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      Thanks Sarah — it’s hard to go wrong with bananas and chocolate, so I can’t take TOO much credit ;)

  • Reply
    Bella
    January 22, 2015 at 10:24 am

    These look lush! However Coconut oil is a little out of my price range and a tad tricky to find (I live in Peru) . Would they work just fine with regular milk chocolate if I popped them back in the freezer for a while afterwards?

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      Sue
      January 22, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      Absolutely Bella, they’ll be fine made that way, enjoy!!

  • Reply
    Gerrie
    January 18, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Omg….These were so easy to make and great to eat!

    • Reply
      Sue
      January 18, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed them Gerrie!

  • Reply
    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious
    January 12, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Clearly I have not explored TJ’s well enough!

    • Reply
      Sue
      January 12, 2015 at 10:05 am

      It’s a wonderland…

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    The Food Hunter
    January 12, 2015 at 9:22 am

    what a great idea and such a nice snack

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    kim
    December 6, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Made these today. YUMMY. We also used clementines. These were great as well.the kids loved them. For those not wanting to use coconut oil, thinking real butter might work.

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 6, 2014 at 11:35 am

      Thanks for the feedback Kim, I’ve got another post coming up in January using other fruit, stay tuned!

  • Reply
    Sue's Akorn Shop
    November 25, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Yum, yum, yum!

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    lissette
    September 2, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Sounds really yummy. Does it work without the coconut oil? The majority of my family dislikes coconut.

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 2, 2014 at 9:41 am

      You have two choices, you can use refined coconut oil, which has a very muted coconut flavor, or you can use plain chocolate. The plain chocolate will take a little longer to harden, but you can just pop them back in the freezer to take care of that. It shouldn’t be a problem at all.

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    Virginia
    August 22, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    OMG THESE ARE AMAZING!! My new fav evening treat! I just made them today for the first time and used 2 kinds of dark chocolate- one bar of 73% organic dark chocolate from Trader Joes (in a purple wrapper- SO good) and a few squares of a 85% dark chocolate bar also from TJs. The bananas I used were nicely ripened (yellow with some brown spots), which I think added to the flavor. They turned out so creamy and smooth..melt-in-your-mouth!
    It was extremely hard not to eat them all! :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 23, 2014 at 7:10 am

      Wow Virginia, can I use you for advertising copy? Thanks for stopping by :)

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    cristina
    August 3, 2014 at 2:27 am

    I love this idea done in slices! Easy to snack on and add to yogurt or ice cream!! :)

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    July 30, 2014 at 6:41 am

    it is perfect! Everything about this is perfect. Bananas and chocolate are the best together. Great great job

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    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    July 29, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Oh, yes please! I’m putting these on my to do list!

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    Amy
    July 29, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    I was going to resist these, with great difficulty, until Missy suggested adding peanut butter. Curses upon you Missy! Now I have to make these, soon. I think these count as 3 servings of fruits and vegetables; 1 is the banana, 2 is the coconut oil and 3 if you make them with peanut butter. Anyone buying this?

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      Sue
      July 29, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      Amen!

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    Wendy O'Neal
    July 28, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Who knew they were this easy! I love those little bites of goodness and can’t wait to make up a huge batch (and then hide them from the kids).

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    Leslie
    July 28, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    These look so scrumptious! Do you have a recommendation as to ripeness of the bananas for best flavor? I would guess that very ripe, ready for banana bread bananas would be difficult to work with, as well as not so tasty.

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      Sue
      July 29, 2014 at 6:25 am

      I used firm bananas, but since you are freezing them first, it doesn’t really matter. I agree, though, that given a choice, those blackened bananas are better for bread :)

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    Mary
    July 28, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    “store the slices in a ziploc freezer baggie” hahahahahaha, that is FUNNY, Sue. I’ve yet to have these last longer than the time it takes to freeze solid. You have a million times more self control than I do! These are awesome.

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    Kara
    July 28, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Can’t wait to try these!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    July 28, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I need a stash of these in my freezer stat!

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    Missy
    July 28, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I just made these this afternoon! Thank you for such a simple & kid friendly recipe. P.S. I made a few with a layer of peanut butter under the chocolate as well, I hope they turn out ok :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 28, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      The peanut butter is a great idea, that makes them even more healthy!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    July 28, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Well just yum! I could eat a few, and then a few more – these would be dangerous at our house. Lovely!

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    Soni
    July 28, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Oooh this looks perfectly delicious!Cannot wait to try it for my kids :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 28, 2014 at 10:33 am

      It’s a nice snack for kids to make on their own, too!

  • Reply
    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    July 28, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Easy peasy and tasty!

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