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THE RECIPE BOX: Bite-sized banana and Vanilla Wafer treats

These BaNilla cookies are the perfect amount of sweetness for an after-school snack or a child’s birthday party. (Staff Photo: Julie Wells)

These BaNilla cookies are the perfect amount of sweetness for an after-school snack or a child’s birthday party. (Staff Photo: Julie Wells)

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.

Enjoy.

BaNilla cookies

One box of mini Nilla Wafer cookies

Peanut butter, smooth or crunchy

One small banana, sliced thin

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.