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Easter is only a couple weeks away, and we’re getting awfully excited about it here. Luckily, no one gave up candy for Lent because we have quite a few traditions in our house that relate to Easter candy. When I was growing up, we always seemed to have my grandparents around before Easter, since I was lucky enough to always have my spring break the week before Easter (yay Catholic schools?). And somehow, Hershey’s candy always played a prominent role in our “preparation” for Easter.

My Gram loves Easter chocolates, whether it’s little chocolate eggs, Easter HERSHEY’S KISSES, ROLO Candy, and of course CADBURY CREME EGGS. When we had the little decorative bowl filled (and somehow always magically refilled though I never knew where the extra stash of candy was stored) with chocolate, throughout the day or evening, we would play Uno and munch away on the chocolates.

No one ever wanted to admit how many chocolates they’d eaten, however. We would scrunch up the foil wrappers are small as we could so that we could cover it with a second wrapper and “no one would know” how many chocolates we’d eaten. Better yet, if someone ever got up from the table to get a drink or – heaven forbid – check on dinner, all the wrappers would suddenly appear in front of that person’s place while they were gone. One of my fondest memories was the mock arguments we would have around who really owned the foil wrappers.

Playing the blame game of who ate all the Hershey's chocolates

And of course it was my Gram who taught me the proper way to eat a CADBURY CREME EGG, as well. This isn’t something that you simply bite into and enjoy. Oh no. In our family, we have a much more fun way to enjoy them. Once you’ve unwrapped your CADBURY CREME EGG, take as small a bite as possible of the chocolate shell, trying not to get much of the creme inside. Savor the chocolate by letting it melt on your tongue. Once it is gone, eat all the creme from the center – or as much as you can manage without destroying the egg shell. Then, and only then, do you enjoy the last of the egg, slowly eating the shell and enjoying every bite.

The proper way to eat a Cadbury Creme Egg

In my family now, we don’t have quite the same traditions, but instead I am focused on baking and enjoying the seasons with the wee ones. Lately, I’m pretty sure that even though I know for a fact that my family loves bananas, they’ve been not eating the bananas just so that I am forced to make something with them. Sadly, I’ve gotten sick of banana bread and banana chip muffins, but I have a new favorite.

What to do with an overripe bunch of bananas

I’ve been making a healthy banana cookie that has just a few ingredients and cooks much more quickly than my banana bread ever did, which means that I can make it when I’m in a pinch for time. The basic recipe is very forgiving, which means I can have fun spicing it up in all different ways. I generally add chocolate chips to make it a little more fun, but I’ve also made this with chopped dried cherries for a more tart taste and also with peanut butter to make it like a protein filled breakfast cookie. I love that this is gluten free, so it’s a treat I can easily whip up to take to school or for when friends with allergies come over.

With all our Easter candy from Hershey’s, of course I had to have some fun with this one. I made a banana split version of the cookies that is still relatively healthy but was oh so tasty! Using the ROLO candies for the chocolate and caramel flavor, I added them to the center of my healthy banana cookie, and they disappeared like hotcakes.

Healthy Banana Split cookie recipe - gluten free!

I love how simple this recipe is, and I also made some with HERSHEY’S KISSES Milk Chocolates to look like spring flowers for a more traditional taste, but my favorite – and Mister Man’s and my husband’s – is definitely the banana split cookies.

Yummy healthy banana cookies with Hershey's chocolates

Banana Split Cookies

Ingredients:
2 overripe bananas
1 1/4 c oats
1/4 c flax seeds
1/4 t salt
1/2 t cinnamon
12 ROLO Candies
2 T HERSHEY’S Cocoa Unsweetened (optional)
1 T agave nectar (optional)

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 325. Grease a cookie sheet, or line it with parchment paper or a sil pat.

Peel your two bananas and place in a bowl. Use a fork or spatula to mash them well. Add the oats, flax seeds, cinnamon, salt, agave, and cocoa powder if using. Stir with a spatula until combined.

Ingredients ready to mix for healthy gluten free banana cookies

Use a cookie scoop to scoop out 12 even balls of the dough and space them evenly on your cookie sheet. Unwrap your ROLO Candies and carefully place them in the center of each cookie. You want to press down gently so that they are firmly entrenched while ensuring that there is a whole circle of dough surrounding the ROLO Candy so that the caramel doesn’t melt out.

Bake at 325 for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for five minutes before removing. These will store  in a tightly sealed container on the counter for 2-3 days.

Banana Split Cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 12 cookies

Banana Split Cookies

These are also great with chocolate chips mixed in or chopped dried fruit. I've also made these with peanut butter for a protein-filled breakfast cookie. Use the base recipe and have fun!

Ingredients

  • 2 overripe bananas
  • 1 1/4 c oats
  • 1/4 c flax seeds
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 12 ROLO Candies
  • 2 T HERSHEY'S Cocoa Unsweetened (optional)
  • 1 T agave nectar (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 325. Grease a cookie sheet, or line it with parchment paper or a sil pat.
  2. Peel your two bananas and place in a bowl. Use a fork or spatula to mash them well. Add the oats, flax seeds, cinnamon, salt, agave, and cocoa powder if using. Stir with a spatula until combined.
  3. Ingredients ready to mix for healthy gluten free banana cookies
  4. Use a cookie scoop to scoop out 12 even balls of the dough and space them evenly on your cookie sheet. Unwrap your ROLO Candies and carefully place them in the center of each cookie. You want to press down gently so that they are firmly entrenched while ensuring that there is a whole circle of dough surrounding the ROLO Candy so that the caramel doesn't melt out.
  5. Bake at 325 for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for five minutes before removing. These will store in a tightly sealed container on the counter for 2-3 days.
http://www.honestandtruly.com/banana-split-cookies-recipe/

Think this might be something you’d enjoy? I love all the ideas shared on the Celebrate with HERSHEY’S site. In fact, I’m pretty sure that the adorable Easter basket cupcakes I found there will be my next fun with the HERSHEY’S Candies I received. They are adorable, and wouldn’t they make a great centerpiece dessert for Easter dinner?

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    Comments

  • Heather Hayes Panjon


    My Favorite Craft From CelebrateWithHersheys.com Is The Chic k Basket. So Cute!

  • Angel The Alien


    I want to live at your house and eat all your food! Now I really, really want a Cadbury egg. I haven’t had one in years!

  • latanya


    We go to church and then to my in-laws for brunch
    I like easter basket cupcakes

  • David


    My favorite Easter tradition is the Easter egg hunt. I can remember how much fun we had.My favorite recipe is the peanut butter bunnycakes. Not only are they cute, but the kids would have fun making them.

  • Kate F.


    I like the peanut butter Easter bonnets recipe and my favorite tradition is an egg hunt.

  • Deb K


    My Favorite Easter Tradition Is Easter Dinner With My Family, I Like The Coconut Marshmallow Nests Recipe.

  • Amanda Hoffman


    my favorite tradition is easter egg hunts and my favorite recipe is raspberry chocolate swirl cheesecake

  • Sents Saver


    I love spending easter at my grandma’s with my whole family!! I love the Chocolate-Filled Breakfast Crescents recipe!

  • Jeanna


    I like the Peanut Butter Easter Bonnets recipe! Our Easter tradition is having an Easter Egg hunt in the backyard on Easter morning!

  • Susan Christy


    Want to make the foil egg wreath and my favorite tradition is church & brunch with my family.

  • Mendy Dinsmore


    I really like this recipe, Peanutty Rocky Road Fudge. A Easter tradition is a softball game in the afternoon.

  • Carolsue


    My favorite Easter tradition is to decorate eggs with my kids.
    My favorite recipe from Hersheys is the Fudgey Fruit Pizza

  • Vunda V


    i love decorating easter eggs so the egg holder craft ideas are so cute!

  • Realia M


    my favorite tradition is decorating eggs with the kids! thats why i love the egg holder craft ideas on the site!

  • Julie


    Easter basket and eggs hunt is a favorite tradition
    Like the Easter basket cupcakes
    thanks for the giveaway

  • Amy Orvin


    My favorite recipe from Hersheys is the Chocolate Macaroon Bars and favorite Easter tradition is dying Easter eggs.

  • rachel


    We go to church and then brunch. I want to do the Jolly Rancher mosaic.

  • Melissa M


    We love to color eggs And I want to try the Velvety Chocolate Cream Pie

  • Jenna Osborne


    We love coloring and hunting eggs! And I like the HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates Mice.

  • Amanda Sakovitz


    The Easter Basket cupcakes are adorable and I love coloring eggs!

  • natalie yeoman


    my favorite tradition is going over my grandmas house every easter for dinner and baskets

    my favorite recipe is the coconut marshmallow nests

  • Dawn K.


    Our Favorite easter tradition involves having a big hunt with the whole neighborhood. I really like the Coconut honey bars on the Hershey’s site.

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