Plus, you get some bonus health benefits (that’s my kinda treat!).
If you don’t care about the benefits, skip on down to the recipe.
Last week we talked a bit about chocolate, so I won’t go into that except to recommend you use the best quality for this recipe you can get your hands on – it will taste better AND be better for you. By including some peanut butter, you’ll add a little healthy fat and protein to this treat – plus they will fill you up, so you won’t be reaching for another snack right away. But the star of this recipe is the banana. Even if you aren’t a huge banana fan, I encourage you to give these a shot. The chocolate and peanut butter enhance the sweetness of the banana and mask a bit of the strong taste. Plus, bananas are high in potassium, provide energy, are a natural antacid (so they counteract some of the acid formed from the chocolate), are high in iron, AND high in dietary fiber. Whew, that’s a lot of goodness in one simple fruit!
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Banana Bites
1/4 cup good quality chocolate chips (or equivalent chocolate from a high quality chocolate bar)
1 T organic peanut butter (make sure there are only two ingredients – peanuts and salt)
Step one: Melt the chocolate and peanut butter in the microwave or double boiler (or do what I do and use a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water).
Step two: Cut the banana into bite sized pieces and dip in chocolate mixture. Cover completely (you’ll need a spoon since it will be hot).
Step three: Set the chocolate covered bites on wax paper on a plate and freeze until chocolate has hardened. Store in the freezer and enjoy as needed!
Thanks to the quality (and filling) ingredients, I’ve found that just a few makes a nice dessert after dinner or even an after school treat for your kiddos!
Give these a shot and let me know what you think – I think you could also use the chocolate mixture for other fruits, but with the peanut butter, bananas are such an obvious (and delicious) choice!
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