Eco-friendly cooking highlighted in Waste Week activity
May 10, 2021

Rydal Penrhos’ Eco Committee took part in a culinary activity during Waste Week.

Eco-friendly cooking? Our pupils get involved in everything…

Teaching staff at Rydal Penrhos are always keen to highlight awareness of climate change and the importance of caring for the environment.

Eco Committee run by Prep School teacher Julie Woodthorpe is one of the means to do this.  The group has gone from strength to strength since its inception, launching a series of initiatives across the site that not only promote the dangers of environmental change across the globe, but also making Rydal Penrhos a much greener place in the process.

One such example was the recent participation in a national awareness scheme implemented by The Pod entitled Waste Week, which aims to help schools, young people and their families reduce unnecessary food waste.

This is something the Eco Committee supported with their customary enthusiasm, encouraging pupils to think about food waste and eating all of their meals at home and during lunchtime on site.

Those involved were invited to take part in a recipe competition run by The Pod, which involved creating a meal using food that would otherwise have been thrown out or wasted.

Alexandra Lopez-Moreno, who is a Year 4 pupil at Rydal Penrhos, made a “delicious” impression with her chocolate baked bananas recipe that was modified from BBC’S Good Food website.

The pupil’s creation has now been selected to feature in the Great Busta Banana Bake Cookbook, which features the best recipes collected over the years that can be used using leftovers to reduce waste.

This is a fine example of how much the Eco Committee are making a positive contribution to Rydal Penrhos life helping young children recognise what is transpiring in the environment around them and how they can have a direct impact on this.

Alexandra’s recipe

Recipe source

  • BBC Good Food. Only minor changes to the original recipe


  • Chocolate Baked Bananas. Easy and yummy!


  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 48g chocolate buttons or more of your liking. I used Maltesers to give it a crunchy texture!
  • vanilla ice cream/ other ice cream flavour of your choice, to serve



Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 (or a BBQ). Make a slit through the skin of the bananas along one side – making sure you don’t cut all the way through to the other side. Poke in the chocolate buttons along the cut. Put each banana onto a sheet of foil and crimp the edges together to seal into a parcel. Transfer to a baking sheet and cook for 25 mins until the bananas have turned black (or pop straight into the BBQ embers for 15 mins).


Serve with a scoop of your favourite ice cream and any melted chocolate that has escaped.


Have fun decorating them for the final touch! Because it is almost Easter, I added some Smarties mini eggs on mine to make the colours really pop!



Assemble the bananas as above, adding 25g mini marshmallows with the chocolate, then cook as before and serve with ice cream.


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