Summer is here in full swing (finally!) Everybody’s hot…
I’m not sure what the meaning of this pose is but I think it has something to do with trying to position herself to maximize the breeze of the fan.
You won’t hear me complaining about the heat. Or is it the humidity? Either way, I’m warm, I love it and it’s the time of year for frozen yummies!
Chocolate + Peanut Butter + Banana + Frozen = A sweet, indulgent way to be cool and happy!
I kept this recipe small to make 1-2 servings. Okay, so that translates to 1 serving if you’re me and 2 for normal people. You’ll probably want to eat the whole batch too and I wouldn’t blame you. I figured the calorie count to be around 400-450 for the entire thing, but have half of it and it makes a nice 200 calorie snack or dessert.
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Topped Frozen Banana Bites
- 1 medium banana
- 2 T maple syrup
- 1 T peanut butter
- 1 T coconut butter
- 1 T cocoa powder
- Cut your banana into several chunks ( I made 7)
- Evenly spread peanut butter on each piece and set in the freezer. Here’s what mine looked like:
- In a small bowl, stir together the maple syrup, coconut butter and cocoa powder. Add a dash of salt to bring out more flavor if you want. In this weather, my coconut butter is nice and soft and just needs a quick stir. You may need to soften if first if yours is solid. Also, make sure your maple syrup is not cold from the fridge since that will solidify the coconut butter as soon as they touch. I microwaved my maple syrup for a few seconds to warm it.
- I didn’t wait for my banana-peanut butter bites to totally freeze before adding the chocolate topping. Spoon the sauce evenly over each piece and place back in the freezer to firm up (couple of hours).
I’ve also seen recipes where you can melt chocolate chips and dip the bananas in the melted chocolate before freezing. These have more of a chocolate ganache top. Play around in your kitchen with however you want to make them. It’s all about having fun and creating something delicious. Don’t forget how easy it is to make banana ice cream too! Simply blend up frozen bananas, soy milk and nut butter for an incredibly satisfying and healthy ice-cream alternative.
One more refreshing frozen treat idea: Frozen Grapes!
Rinse your grapes well and take them off their stems. Make sure they are dry and then freeze! Easy. You can make single servings in small zip-lock baggies or plastic/glass containers. Or, try freezing a big batch in a large plastic bag or container.
Easy, sweet and they are guaranteed to cool you down. Bonus: You are forced to eat them slower than non-frozen grapes so they last longer. One cup of grapes has only about 100 calories!
What are your favorite frozen treats?