Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Dark Chocolate Banana Bites

I've loved the dole dark chocolate banana bites they usually have at Sam's club but they are pretty pricey. For freezer meal workshops we make a dessert or side to go with our meals each time and I thought I'd give making them myself a try. I found this recipe on smilesandwich.com and thought they looked pretty good! While these still have plenty of sweetness they use bananas, dark chocolate and peanut butter to cut down a little on the refined sugar.  For cost effectiveness I used regular old peanut butter in these for the workshop but if I was making them for myself I would use an all natural unsweetened peanut butter.  There is plenty of sweetness in the banana and dark chocolate so you don't need the added sugar of regular peanut butters.  Give them a try!

Dark Chocolate Banana Bites

2 medium bananas
¼ cup creamy nut butter
¾ cup dark baking chocolate (or semi-sweet)
1 ½ T. coconut oil

Freezer Prep Instructions:
Cover a baking sheet in parchment paper. Slice each banana into ¼ in. slices and arrange half the pieces on the baking sheet.

Spread each slice with peanut butter and cover with another slice.  Place in the freezer for 30 minutes or until frozen.

Place the coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl and microwave until melted.  Stir in the chocolate and continue to microwave until smooth.  Use a fork or spoon to cover each banana bite in chocolate and place back on the sheet.  Freeze for at least 1 hour and enjoy. 

Storage Instructions:

When banana bites are frozen solid.  Transfer them to a gallon sized freezer bag.  Store in freezer for up to 2 months.  To eat- Thaw for 3-5 minutes and enjoy!

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