A couple of months ago, we found this great little recipe for an almond butter and banana (open) sandwich. Not only did it look really yum, it also looked like the perfect platform to build a snake. According to Crackers, this is the Gruffalo snake. If you wanted to simplify it a bit, you could replace the nut butter mix with peanut butter but I highly recommend trying it with the almond nut butter as it’s really good!
What you will need:
- a banana
- 2 tsp almond nut butter
- 2 tsp tahini (sesame seed paste)
- 2 tsp honey
- a piece of fruit leather (a thin fruit leather is easier to work with here, if you can find one)
- small amount of cream cheese
- a knife and cutting board
1. Cut a couple of small circles out of your fruit leather to use for the eyes. If you have a any cookie cutters with a rounded edge this can help with getting the circle shape right (we used a small love-heart cookie cutter). You can do it just with a knife but it’s a bit harder to get a nice circle.
2. Using a chopstick, put a small blob of cream cheese on each of the eyes, leaving some of the fruit leather showing. Then, clean the end of the chopstick and use it to remove a small dot out of the cream cheese. This will be the pupil of each of the eyes. A little tip here: if you used a cookie cutter in the step above, use this again to create a sharper edge to the cream cheese blobs.
3. Cut out some triangles and a forked tongue out of your fruit leather.
4. Cut your banana in half lengthways, and then cut each piece in half across-ways.
5. Take the bottom half of each of the banana lengths and swap them, so you get a curvy snake shape.
6. Mix together the almond nut butter, tahini and honey and spread it over the ‘bottom’ banana. Then top with the other half of the banana.
7. Add forked tongue, eyes and triangles to complete your snake. To serve, cut into bite-sized pieces to make it easier for little hands to hold.