So for the past month or so, I’ve gone on a peanut butter bender. I’ve considered it a necessary part of any meal, and its own food group entirely (top of the food chain too, naturally). Seriously, I’m almost at the point where I think I need an intervention, just to gain some life balance with the other sadly neglected former food loves of mine…. but I’m not quite ready for that intervention yet. I still have
half a quarter of a 1kg tub of organic, 100% natural, salted PB to get through first.
While on this kick, I have come up with all sorts of ways to incorporate this beloved food group into my diet. While recovering from my oral surgery a few weeks ago, I found ways to get PB into almost every concoction my Vitamix could dream up. Notable standouts included a PB and Java shake, PB and Banana ice cream, and just plain PB on a spoon. (It’s that bad).
I’ve also discovered fantastic flourless PB cookies that continue to evolve with each new batch I make, and awesome (and easy!)mini frozen PB and Banana sandwiches, which were inspired by a random how-to picture that made its way through facebook land.
Mini PB and Banana energy bites
3-4 ripe bananas, sliced into rounds
2 100g bars of Lindt dark chocolate (I used the Chili one for some spice, but the Sea Salt would be nice too, or just plain)
100% pure PB (salted)
What you do:
Spread a layer of PB on one banana round, and top with another banana. Repeat until all rounds are used.
Melt chocolate in a bowl. I find melting it in one minute increments works well… check and stir as you go, to avoid burning. Using dark chocolate (lower sugar content) also helps to reduce the risk of burning. You may also wish to melt your chocolate in two batches… use the first batch until you run out, and then melt more for the rest. I found that this made it easier to work with the chocolate before it started hardening again.
Have a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or something non-stick) ready to go.
This next part is a bit finicky, as the chocolate is quite hot and you don’t necessarily want to just plunge your hands in and get messy. I used a couple of forks and it worked out alright. Drop your little banana sandwiches into the chocolate, roll them around quickly, fish them out, and stick them onto your baking sheet. Repeat.
Pop them into the freezer for several hours, and then you can either stick them in ziplock freezer bags for future treats, or enjoy right away! Personally, I chose both. 🙂