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Banana Chips and Creamy Guacamole

This recipe combines fruit crisps and a veggie-packed version of guacamole for a healthier take on the classic chips-and-dip appetizer. It’s a tasty, gluten-free dish your family is sure to enjoy!

Active time: 20 minutes

Total time: 3 hours


  • 3 large ripe bananas
  • 6 Tablespoons lemon juice, divided
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 4 ounces baby spinach
  • 4 Tablespoons tahini
  • Pinch ground cumin
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Water, if needed


  1. Parent: Preheat oven to 225°F.
  2. Child: Prepare a baking sheet by covering it with parchment paper.
  3. Child: Peel the bananas.
  4. Child: Using a dull plastic knife, slice bananas into ¼-inch diagonal slices and transfer to baking sheet.
  5. Child: Brush banana slices with lemon juice, using about 3 Tablespoons total.
  6. Parent: Bake in the oven for 1 hour, flipping halfway through, or until bananas are dried and crispy. Remove from oven; set aside to cool for 1 hour or more. (Chips will become crispier as they cool.)
  7. Parent & Child: For the dip, start by peeling and pitting the avocado.
  8. Child: Using a plastic knife, slice the avocado into pieces.
  9. Parent: Steam spinach over medium heat in a saucepan with water until wilted, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer spinach to a food processor.
  10. Parent & Child: Add cooked spinach, 3 Tablespoons lemon juice, and remaining ingredients to the food processor; pulse until very smooth. Add a tablespoon of water at a time, if needed, for a smoother consistency. Transfer to serving bowl and enjoy with the chips!


Makes 4 Servings

Per serving: 246 calories, 13g fat, 5g protein, 33g carbohydrates, 7g fiber, 13g sugar

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