Frozen peanutty banana bites

By Abigail Broderdorf

Do you have bananas turning brown before you have a chance to eat them? Instead of making a traditional batch of banana bread, these frozen banana bites are the perfect “pick-me-up” when you need a quick bite of something sweet.

When frozen, bananas take on a consistency similar to ice cream. When paired with the famous duo of chocolate and peanut butter, they are a trifecta of a sweet treat. Plus, these bites contain only four ingredients that are staples in any kitchen, so they can be made in a flash!

This treat is also a healthy snack. Rich in fiber and pectin, bananas aid in digestion. Peanut butter is one of the “healthy fats” and contains protein, which helps with energy levels. Dark chocolate—best consumed in moderation like these bites—contains caffeine that can improve short-term brain function.  Of course though, let’s not forget the best benefit of all: they taste darn good!

Ingredients

·       2 medium, ripe bananas

·       1/4 cup natural peanut butter

·       1/2 cup chocolate chips

·       1 to 2 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  1. Line a cookie sheet or plate with wax paper.
  2. Slice bananas into coins about 1/2  to 3/4 inch thick.
  3. Put banana coins on prepared cookie sheet or plate.
  4. Freeze about 30 minutes or until firm.
  5. Spread a little dollop of peanut butter on each banana coin.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the chocolate chips and milk.
  7. Microwave the chocolate in 15 second intervals until it can be easily whisked together, adding more milk if necessary.
  8. Spoon a little of the melted chocolate on top of the peanut butter.
  9. Place coated bananas in the freezer about three to five hours until completely frozen.
  10. Remove banana coins from the sheet and store in a freezer container.

Makes about 20 to 25 coins

Recipe adapted from http://www.nomnomnomblog.com

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