Weren’t we just talking about spring? I swear we were yet here I am with a fun summer recipe of healthy peanut butter chocolate banana treats. Now I’m sure you’ve heard me say a time or two that I’m not exactly a fan of bananas. Peanut butter and chocolate though, now you’ve got my attention.
These simple ingredients combine for the perfect healthy summer treat for kids of any age ( and adults too!) It takes only minutes to make and can easily be picked up at your local grocery store for less than $5.
Ingredients Needed for Peanut Butter Chocolate Bananas
2 fresh bananas
1 1/2 C milk chocolate chips ( you can use cacao if you prefer a vegan option)
1/2 C natural peanut butter
Directions to Make Peanut Butter Chocolate Bananas
Chop both of your bananas into medallions. It is important to keep them each about 1/2 inch or smaller in size. Any larger and you will have too big of a piece to take a proper bite out of. If you cut too small they can be thin, flimsy, and difficult to work with.
Using a spatula spread a thin layer of peanut butter on the top of each of your bananas. I’ll let you decide how much peanut butter you want here. I totally understand that peanut butter is a food group for some of us. Just keep in mind that once you put your banana slices together to make your little peanut butter banana sandwiches you will have double what you are putting on each of your slices.
You can chill your peanut butter topped banana slices for a few minutes ( around 5-10) to make them a little easier to work with. You can also just go for it and squish them together (peanut butter towards the inside on both slices). I just used the back of a table knife to smooth out any peanut butter spilling on the edge of my bananas. You don’t even have to go that far if you don’t want to because you won’t even see that part anyway.
Once you have your banana slices paired up it’s time to chill them for about 30 minutes. This helps the peanut butter harden up a little and seal the two slices together. It also helps to keep everything from melting or turning too goopy when you are coating your banana sandwiches in warm chocolate.
As your banana slices are chilling you can prepare your chocolate by melting it in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler you can easily simulate one by placing a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water. You want your water to be about 1/3 of the way up the pan but not touching the bottom of your glass bowl.
Using a fork or toothpick go one at a time to dip your banana sandwiches into the melted chocolate. Use a slight turn of the wrist when removing from the chocolate to help excess chocolate drip back into the bowl. Place each of your chocolate-coated bananas on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet to harden. You can put the finished pan back into the fridge to help them harden up quicker.
That’s it! That’s really all it takes to make this healthy summer treat that is great for kids and those looking for low-fat options. You can store your peanut butter banana snacks in the fridge for a few days in a tightly-sealed container, but they’ve never made it that long in my house.
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