This post is sponsored by GROW Bananas by Organics Unlimited in celebration of #GROWmonth. All opinions are our own.

What kid doesn’t love a banana?  When you’re looking for healthy ways to send your little ones off to school this fall, why not include GROW Bananas by Organics Unlimited in a good nutritious breakfast, and then add a tasty banana surprise to their lunches as well.  We’ve come up with some fun ways to keep your kids healthy and happy.

Before we get to the recipes, let’s share the story of GROW by Organics Unlimited with our little students so they understand what a privilege it is to go to school.  Many children in the world long for an education, and that’s one of the things that GROW by Organics Unlimited offers to children in impoverished areas of Mexico and Ecuador.

Meet Brian, Esperanza and Lucia.  These are all children who come from very poor living conditions, with parents who have no education and little opportunity.  Thanks to GROW, they are all attending school, get a hot meal every day and are given the chance at better lifestyles for themselves and their families.  Every purchase of a GROW Banana by Organics Unlimited offers a good, nutritious banana and hope to a needy child.

Here are fun ideas for GROW Bananas by Organics Unlimited. Use these delicious organic bananas in a recipe, and help a child succeed!

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Baked Oatmeal with Bananas

Warm, rich, and just the right amount of flavor, this recipe for baked oatmeal with bananas is the breakfast of champions. Packing a ton of comfort, there is little that can compare to this extraordinary delight.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 cups sliced organic GROW Bananas by Organics Unlimited

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly grease a baking dish, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine oats, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In another bowl, combine milk, applesauce and oil. Add wet mixture to dry and mix to combine. Place into baking dish and bake 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven and gently stir. Fold in bananas. Bake additional 20 minutes or until top is lightly browned.
  5. Serve warm and top with yogurt, cream, granola, more fruit or whatever you’d like!

Banana-Cinnamon Waffles

The combination of warm fluffy waffles and bananas is a breakfast made in heaven.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 large ripe organic GROW Banana by Organics Unlimited, mashed

Directions:

  1. Combine flours, flaxseed, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in medium bowl, stirring with a whisk.
  2. In separate bowl, combine milk, butter and eggs, stirring with a whisk; add wet mixture to dry, stirring until blended. Fold in mashed banana.
  3. Preheat waffle iron. Coat with cooking spray and spoon about 1/4 cup batter per 4-inch waffle onto hot waffle iron, spreading batter to edges.
  4. Cook 3-4 minutes or until steaming stops; repeat procedure with remaining batter.

Peanut Butter Fruit Stack Sandwich

Always a classic go-to, this peanut butter and banana sandwich with a little extra flair provides energy as well as brain food.

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 3 Tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1 GROW Banana by Organics Unlimited, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 small green apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Toast bread.
  2. Spread peanut butter on one side of each slice of toast. Layer with bananas and apples. Drizzle with maple syrup and cinnamon.

Banana Whole Wheat Wrap

This healthy idea makes for the perfect breakfast or lunch wrap. Great for kids and adults alike, banana wheat wraps are an excellent alternative to sugar-rich commercial snacks and a fun substitute for regular sandwiches. Tip: Moisten the cut surfaces of the banana with lemonade or diluted lemon juice to prevent browning!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp. peanut butter
  • 1 large, whole wheat tortilla
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 GROW Banana by Organics Unlimited
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and/or dried fruit

Directions:

  1. Spread peanut butter into tortilla and drizzle honey on top.
  2. Peel banana and place in center of tortilla.
  3. Sprinkle with chopped nuts, seeds and/or dried fruit mixture, leaving a small, ¼-inch plain border towards edge.
  4. Roll wrap up around banana (the wrap’s plain borders will “glue” together, sealing it). Cut into slices about ½-inch thick.