I think I read somewhere once that bananas are the cheapest fruit in the U.S. It makes sense, I guess. You can get a banana for mere cents – probably the best deal at the grocery store.
Incorporating more bananas into your daily diet can certainly help you save money on food. The trick is finding new ways to use them. I, myself, rarely just eat a banana. But recently I’ve been researching “alternative” banana recipes and have found an abundance of fun and creative ideas. This particular recipe is one I pinned on Pinterest from the food blog Forgiving Martha. I like it because it’s pretty healthy – but still super indulgent. Dark chocolate, peanut butter, and bananas – I think this combination is a satisfactory alternative to brownies or chocolate cake. Yum.
Please note: These must be served frozen. I accidentally left some frozen bananas on the countertop, and when I returned a little while later, they were thawed, soggy, and brown. Eww!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites Recipe
Get creative with your toppings! I used coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, and candy sprinkles. You could also use chopped pistachios or peanuts, dried fruit, poppy seeds - or whatever else you have on hand.
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Desired toppings (see notes above)
Peel banana and cut into slices. Place on parchment paper on baking sheet and freeze for about an hour. Place a small dollop of peanut butter on top of each banana slice. Return to freezer and freeze for another 30 minutes or so.
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and a tiny amount of olive oil. Stir until smooth. Spoon some of the melted chocolate on top of each banana/peanut butter slice. Sprinkle on toppings. Return to freezer to set the chocolate, and keep frozen until ready to eat.