Okay, here is another seriously simple and surprisingly delicious little chocolate treat.Chocolate Banana Treat

Plus, you get some bonus health benefits (that’s my kinda treat!).

If you don’t care about the benefits, skip on down to the recipe.

Last week we talked a bit about chocolate, so I won’t go into that except to recommend you use the best quality for this recipe you can get your hands on – it will taste better AND be better for you.  By including some peanut butter, you’ll add a little healthy fat and protein to this treat – plus they will fill you up, so you won’t be reaching for another snack right away.  But the star of this recipe is the banana.  Even if you aren’t a huge banana fan, I encourage you to give these a shot.  The chocolate and peanut butter enhance the sweetness of the banana and mask a bit of the strong taste.   Plus, bananas are high in potassium, provide energy, are a natural antacid (so they counteract some of the acid formed from the chocolate), are high in iron, AND high in dietary fiber.  Whew, that’s a lot of goodness in one simple fruit!

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Banana Bites

1 banana

1/4 cup good quality chocolate chips (or equivalent chocolate from a high quality chocolate bar)

1 T organic peanut butter (make sure there are only two ingredients – peanuts and salt)

ingredients for chocolate bananas

Step one:  Melt the chocolate and peanut butter in the microwave or double boiler (or do what I do and use a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water).

Step two:  Cut the banana into bite sized pieces and dip in chocolate mixture.  Cover completely (you’ll need a spoon since it will be hot).

making chocolate bananas

Step three:  Set the chocolate covered bites on wax paper on a plate and freeze until chocolate has hardened.  Store in the freezer and enjoy as needed!

Thanks to the quality (and filling) ingredients, I’ve found that just a few makes a nice dessert after dinner or even an after school treat for your kiddos!

 Give these a shot and let me know what you think – I think you could also use the chocolate mixture for other fruits, but with the peanut butter, bananas are such an obvious (and delicious) choice!

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