Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites
Jun 30, 2015 10:20PM
By Alexa Peduzzi
Hello again, North Hills Monthly readers!
My name is Alexa Peduzzi, and I’m a 20-something Pittsburgher who runs Fooduzzi.com, a food blog dedicated to bringing whole food recipes to young professionals. Whole foods are my passion, as I believe that I simply operate better when I am fueling my body with natural foods that come straight from the source—the earth! While I am not a nutritionist or doctor, it doesn't take a licensed, registered dietitian to be able to feel the powerful difference that whole foods can make in one's diet.
I'm such a huge fan of that saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." In fact, I live most of my life with this mantra in mind. For example, I am out of bed by 8 a.m. sharp every single morning, including weekends. I tend to accomplish more when I'm on a schedule.
I also always listen to some TV (I'm addicted to Food Network) when I'm working on Fooduzzi. I feel like I'm more productive when there's white noise in the background.
I never skip a meal or snack because I believe that I function better on a full stomach. Oh, and no one should be exposed to me to when I enter that fateful "hangry" stage...
This is why I love going back and revisiting old recipes, aka, the old stand-by staples that will always satisfy. When I go through the Fooduzzi's recipe list, I see some favorites that I eat nearly every week:
- Peanut Butter Sweet Potato: This is on my plate at least once a week, and it may just be one of my favorite simple dinners of all time. Throw it in the oven and boom: a delicious protein and healthy fat-packed meal!
- Whole Food Peanut Butter Eggs: I originally posted this recipe on North Hills Monthly for Easter, but I don't let their cute, oblong shape deter me from making them all year long!
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn: This recipe nails that perfect balance of salty and sweet. This is one of my favorite late-night snacks!
Are you noticing a pattern here? Peanut butter is my catnip. I truly couldn't imagine a world without this creamy, rich nut butter. I guess you can say I'm a fan.
I'm always looking for new and inventive ways to use this addictive spread, and I had a brilliant epiphany as I was remaking another one of my snack staples: my Frozen Banana Bites. Coated in a homemade (and refined sugar-free) chocolate sauce, rolled in nuts, and/or drizzled with creamy coconut butter, I honestly didn't think these bites could get any better. Until, of course, I added peanut butter.
Sometimes it's a good thing to fix things that ain't broken.
These Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites are perfect. They require a handful of ingredients and are made from healthy whole foods. They're frozen, to combat that hot summer sun. They're kid-friendly and a great way to get children involved in the kitchen. And, of course, they incorporate the greatest food duo to ever exist: chocolate and peanut butter. I'm telling you: you must make these easy-to-make banana bites ASAP!
We'll start off with a single banana, which we’ll slice into coins. I absolutely love using this yellow fruit; not only is it creamy and delicious, bananas are also a source of potassium. I love sticking these babies into the freezer because, once frozen, bananas have a very similar texture to ice cream. Yep, today we are health-ifying this classic summer dessert!
Next, peanut butter! I highly suggest you find a natural peanut butter that has two ingredients (at most): peanuts and salt. Peanut butter is naturally creamy, fatty, and a tiny bit sweet, so it doesn't need any of those hydrogenated oils or sugars to make it out-of-this-world delicious. I'm addicted to the natural peanut butters at Costco (Kirkland brand) and Trader Joe's, but you can find this creamy deliciousness at just about every supermarket these days.
Last, chocolate! I like to make my own refined, sugar-free chocolate dipping sauce, and it only requires a few common household ingredients: coconut oil, cocoa powder, pure maple syrup, vanilla extract and salt. This recipe is always my go-to when I'm in a chocolatey mood. If you're not feeling this ambitious, however, you're more than welcome to use melted chocolate chips in its place.
These Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites just scream summer! Not only are they so stinkin' simple to make, they're nutritious and delicious, too. Feel free to whip up a double or triple batch of these bites; they are bound to become a summer favorite in your household.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites
For the bananas:
1 large yellow banana
2 and 1/2 tsp. natural peanut butter
For the chocolate coating (or just use melted chocolate chips):
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1/2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
splash pure vanilla extract
pinch salt (optional)
Line a plate with wax or parchment paper. Slice the banana into 10 equal pieces/coins and place on the lined plate. Dollop about 1/2 tsp. of peanut butter on half of the banana coins. Place plate in the freezer for about 10 minutes so that the peanut butter starts to set. Top the peanut butter-topped coins with the remaining pieces of banana. Freeze until completely frozen.
Melt coconut oil in a small microwavable bowl. Add cocoa powder and mix until smooth. Add maple syrup, vanilla, and salt, and mix until smooth.
Remove frozen banana sandwiches from the freezer. Dip each sandwich into your chocolate mixture, turning to coat. Return banana sandwiches to lined plate and place back in the freezer to set. Re-dip banana sandwiches if necessary to evenly coat.
Store Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites in the freezer. Enjoy!