These BaNilla cookies are the perfect amount of sweetness for an after-school snack or a child's birthday party. (Staff Photo: Julie Wells)
EDITOR’S NOTE; Julie Wells is a food columnist for The Rockdale Citizen.
If you’ve been reading The Recipe Box column for any length of time, then you might remember that I’m not a fan of bananas and peanut butter mixed together. You won’t catch me eating peanut butter smeared over a banana, nor will you catch me eating a peanut butter and banana sandwich.
With that said, today’s featured recipe — BaNilla cookies — has me rethinking my dislike for the combination of ingredients.
I ran across BaNilla cookies, a shortened name for banana and vanilla wafers, on the Internet, and I had to check them out for myself. I thought this recipe would be good for parents who have kids wanting after school snacks. But after tasting these little pop-able desserts, I realized that you can serve them at any kind of event — a kid’s birthday party, at church, for dessert — the possibilities are endless.
I refer to these cookies as pop-able because, if you’ll notice in the ingredient list, the recipe calls for the mini Nilla Wafers, which you can just pop right in your mouth.
I used almond butter in my recipe at home; the original recipe calls for peanut butter. But use whatever you already have at home. I hear that Nutella is great smeared between two Nilla wafer cookies and a banana, but we didn’t have any of that on hand for me to try.
Here are a few other suggestions to use in place of the peanut butter — marshmallow fluff, caramel sauce and SunButter, which is a good alternative to those with gluten, peanut and tree-nut intolerance.
With Halloween not too far away, you could tailor the dessert for that holiday by rimming the cookies with orange and black sprinkles.
What you need …
One box of mini Nilla Wafer cookies
Peanut butter, smooth or crunchy
One small banana, sliced thin
What you do …
Spread peanut butter on one mini Nilla Wafer cookie, add a slice of banana and top with another wafer cookie.
Repeat until you have desired amount of BaNilla cookies made.
Tip: Be sure not to make this recipe too far in advance of your event because the bananas might start to turn brown.