Cooking Matters presents Banana Pudding in a Bag

September 11th, 2013 by Live Well Omaha Kids

Guest Blog by Anna Curry, Shopping Matters/Class Coordinator at Visiting Nurse Association

The Cooking Matters team was excited to be a part of the most recent Play Streets event in North Omaha. We Play-Streets-5smpartnered with Live Well Omaha Kids to provide the kids with a healthy, easy AND budget-friendly snack they could also prepare at home. Each kid in attendance was able to make the own “Banana Pudding in a Bag” – see the recipe below! Kids added low-fat vanilla yogurt, applesauce, a banana and homemade granola to a baggie, sealed it up and squished it with their hands until it was all mixed together. It was a hit! The kids loved that they could prepare a snack by squishing ingredients in their hands and that the result tasted good! The adults loved that it was easy and healthy. In the two hours Cooking Matters spent at the event, we were able to serve over 170 bags of pudding! We also provided handouts on healthy snacking and how to include “My Plate” in meals. This event was a great success and it was great to see the North Omaha community come together to support being active and healthy!

Cooking Matters has had a presence in the North Omaha community for awhile but it was nice for us to get out there and share our message with people who may not be familiar with what we do. Our mission is to teach people that eating healthy and cooking at home doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. It can be done even on a tight budget!

Cooking Matters is part of the national non-profit Share Our Strength, whose goal is to end childhood hunger by 2015. As part of that effort, courses are provided to adults, families, kids, teens and childcare providers in the Omaha community, teaching them about nutrition as well as hands on cooking skills. Supported by the Visiting Nurse Association here in Omaha, as well as ConAgra and Walmart, Cooking Matters has provided classes to families in need all over the metro area. The Cooking Matters at the Store program also provides one time grocery store tours teaching families how to shop healthy on a budget. For more information on how to get involved, visit!


Banana Pudding in a Bag

Serves 4, ½ cup per serving


  • ½ cup low-fat granola (try our homemade recipe below!)
  • 3 medium bananas
  • ½ cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • ½ cup nonfat vanilla yogurt


  1. Measure and place granola inside large zip-top plastic bag. Squeeze any air out of bag before sealing. Lightly crush the granola using a can or the bottom of a pan.
  2. Peel bananas and use your fingers to break them up into the bag of crushed granola.
  3. Measure and add the applesauce and yogurt to the banana mixture in the bag.
  4. Close the bag again, pressing out any extra air before sealing.
  5. Use your fingers to squish and mash the ingredients together until they’re well blended.
  6. Chill the pudding in the sealed bag inside the refrigerator until ready to serve.


Homemade Granola

Serves 9, 1/3 cups per serving


  • 4 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, apricots, etc.)
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Optional ingredient: 4 Tbsp. sliced or chopped almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. In a large bowl, add honey, oil, and cinnamon. Wisk with a fork.
  3. Add oats and almonds (optional). Stir until well-coated with honey mixture.
  4. Coat a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Spread oat mixture evenly onto sheet.
  5. Bake until lightly browned, about 10-15 minutes. Stir every 5 minutes to cook evenly. Watch closely to be sure granola does not burn. Remove from oven. Let cool completely.
  6. Transfer granola to a medium bowl. Stir in dried fruit.
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