He's wondering where all the snow is!
Since there is no real snow to eat, we decided to make our own healthy snowballs to enjoy!  This recipe is easy and fun plus you get to use the food processor!

I found this idea from a preschool idea book years ago, but I don't have the title.

Banana Raisin Snowballs

Ingredients:  2 cups raisins, 2 bananas, shredded coconut (we use the sweetened kind)

Supplies Needed:  Food processor and mixing bowl

What to do:
  1. Chop the bananas and raisins in the food processor.  You should have a thick, dark colored paste.                        
  2. Put mixture into a mixing bowl.
  3. Refrigerate mixture until it is cool enough to be handled.  (I didn't notice it being warm, but we did put it in the refrigerator for a couple of minutes.) 
  4. Roll the mixture into balls.  We dropped spoonfuls into our bowls of coconut and formed them more after they were covered.  The mixture is quite sticky!
  5. Roll balls in the shredded coconut until they are covered.
  6. Enjoy your snowballs!

*We halved the recipe and it made over a dozen snowballs of varying sizes.

The verdict:  The recipe called for using a blender, but I ended up having to use a mini food processor because the blender just wasn't cutting it.  (Pun intended!)  Our raisins were a bit hard, but the blender wasn't even chopping up the dry apricots I added to make up for our lack of raisins.  Next time, I think I'll even add some walnuts.

The girls loved the mixture and the coconut!  I wasn't sure if Love Bug would like the coconut, but she did.  If your child doesn't like coconut, you could always make "dirty snowballs" and roll the balls in crushed cookie crumbs.  It was hard to keep the girls from eating while we were trying to make the snowballs.  I thought that might happen so that's why I gave each girl her own spoons and bowls of coconut and fruit mixture.  Then, I just let them loose!

The mixture is sticky, but the girls liked it just the way it was.  If you don't want them to be so sticky, you could always put them in the refrigerator or freezer to get them to "harden" some.  Don't leave them too long in the freezer or the coconut starts to get crunchy.

All in all, this was a VERY easy recipe to whip up.  The girls did a great job keeping most of the coconut off of the dining room floor and they LOVED eating the snowballs.  They are already asking when are we going to make them again.

Let me know if you try these out!

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