Banana Poppers Recipe

Banana poppers are a fun way to fill up little tummies with healthy lunch options.

I love these banana snacks because there are so many ways you can go with them. They are wonderful finger food for smaller hands, and travel really well in a lunchbox.

Banana Poppers on a white plate, ready to eat.

As many of you know, every August I try to come up with new lunchbox ideas all month long. And the thing with kid’s lunches, is that you don’t have to overcomplicate things. Kids love simple, basic foods. But they also love fun foods, and anything they can eat with their fingers typically qualifies. Even for older kids!


If your school has a nut-free policy, you might try using sun butter here instead. It’s like a nut butter, but made with sun flower seeds, which is usually acceptable for most folks with nut allergies. It pays to double check, of course, but usually, seed butters are just fine. And seed butter will work just as well here in equal amounts.

Banana poppers in a bento-style lunchbox.


The process is super simple! Just cut the banana in half, smear some nut or seed butter on the outside edge of the banana, roll both pieces in the puffed cereal, and then slice the banana into 6 bite-sized pieces! You can certainly slice the banana first, but it’ll be more work and time that way.

You can get pretty creative with the toppings too. You can sprinkle on a bit of cinnamon, maybe some powdered coconut sugar (just a little or it will be too sweet!), bits of nuts if nuts are allowed in your child’s school, or even some dark chocolate chips!

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Banana Poppers on a white plate, ready to eat.

Banana Poppers

And easy, fun and delicious option for packing school lunches.
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Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 pieces
Calories: 49kcal


  • 1 medium banana
  • ¼ cup puffed brown rice cereal
  • 2 tbsp. peanut butter (or seed butter)


  • In a microwave safe bowl microwave peanut butter for 25 seconds or until runny.
  • Cut banana in half and roll in the peanut butter
  • Immediately roll banana in rice cereal and place on a plate
  • Let set in fridge for 10 minutes and slice like sushi


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg

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