Chocolate and peanut butter are a winning combination. That is why I think these chocolate covered banana and peanut butter bites have been so successful on Pinterest. I am sure you have seen them 100s of times, but I finally got around to making my own batch. I have stated before I am not a big banana fan, but my daughter loves them. Combining her loves for chocolate, peanut butter, and chocolate, I figured there was no going wrong here! She did make me laugh when she initially ate all the chocolate off and left the bananas… Have to love kids!
Once again, much like my vegan chocolate truffles, these chocolate covered banana and peanut butter bites are “healthy.” I know peanut butter is usually deemed pretty unpopular in the health category, but it is full of protein (and is great for hair! Or so what my mother has told me.) Plus, dark chocolate is a nice to have to quench any sweet cravings, and in this recipe, the chocolate is really not the show. It is there to coat the sandwiches, but you can easily leave it out completely. I thought the added chocolate element would entice my daughter. Still a nice healthy treat as opposed to a bag of chips or chocolate chip cookies (I will take those cookies any day!)
You can easily make these chocolate covered banana and peanut butter bites a day or so in advance. I tend to chop up some bananas and store them in the freezer, especially when they are getting very ripe. For this recipe, you can work with the bananas from room temperature and layer the peanut butter on, sandwiching the pieces together, and freezing them like that. Once chilled, bring them out and dip them into the melted chocolate. I placed mine back into the freezer after that to speed up the process, but chilling in the refrigerator should work, too. I stored mine in the refrigerator afterwards in an airtight container.
15 minPrep Time
15 minTotal Time
- 1 large banana, ripe (but not overly so.)
- Peanut butter
- 3/4 cups chocolate chips (any flavour you prefer.)
- 1 tsp. coconut oil
- Slice the banana into half-inch portions. Place peanut butter onto one slice of banana and top with another banana slice. Continue until no banana slices remain. Place the sandwiches onto parchment paper and place into the freezer. Freeze for about an hour.
- While bananas chill. melt the chocolate and coconut oil in the microwave in 30 second intervals until smooth. Allow to cool slightly. Take bananas from the freezer and carefully dip into the melted chocolate, using a fork to remove them. Place back onto the parchment paper. Repeat until complete.
- Set sandwiches back into freezer for frozen banana sandwiches, or chill in the refrigerator for a softer bite.
One fair-size banana yielded me 8 sandwiches. Not bad considering I sliced the banana quite thick. When applying the peanut butter, I thought using a knife would be best, but with the banana being so ripe, it would not stick. I used a spoon and kind of blobbed it on. Kind of messy, but I got to lick the spoon in the end.
Two healthy recipes in a row! Quite proud of myself! I prefer the “everything in moderation” philosophy, so we are still enjoying everything that we love. We’ve always been good eaters, so no need to change up our diets. However, I do find no harm in eating some nutritional meals/snacks more often. Especially when it comes to snacks, that is where our bad habits come out. Our favourite healthy snack is probably popcorn on the stove top. I can eat mine without salt, but Dan chooses to add some to his liking (and remember, salt in small quantities is fine, it is there to add flavour to your meals!)
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