Since getting pregnant with our youngest son I have developed a crazy sweet tooth. While pregnant I was eating Cheesecake for breakfast and washing it down with a milkshake. Okay, maybe not that crazy but I did devour way too many packages of Oreos. Oreos are my weakness, and I refuse to by them because I will easily eat the entire package in one sitting. IT’S THAT BAD. So what do I eat now to satisfy my sweet cravings? I have a few favorite “healthier” desserts of choice though I do still indulge in cheesecake on special occasions, but I no longer keep it in the house. I am too weak, I am not good at resisting temptation when it is staring me in the face. So instead I surround myself with a few healthier alternatives. As with any dessert, moderation is key. I do not eat these every day, but if I have a craving I will whip up a batch. I have two yummy recipes for you today, both involving one of my favorite fruits- Bananas!
First up, Peanut Butter- Banana Bites, dipped in chocolate. This snack takes about 2 hours of preparation, because you have to freeze the banana slices before dipping them in the chocolate and then freeze again. It is no secret that Peanut Butter and Banana is a delicious combination, adding chocolate is an added bonus. These are the perfect summertime sweet tooth snack.
What you will need:
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (Dark or Milk- whatever your preference)
First, take out a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. (this will prevent the bananas from sticking to the pan after they take a vacation in the freezer) Slice the bananas and arrange half of them on the parchment lined baking sheet. Spread the tops with peanut butter and top with the other half of the sliced bananas. Cover with another sheet of parchment paper and freeze for at least an hour. After frozen, it is time to melt the chocolate. Add the chocolates to a microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds. Remove and stir, continue heating for 15 second increments until fully melted. (make sure to heat gradually to prevent the chocolate from burning- we do NOT want to waste any chocolate while preparing this dessert, or ever) Once the chocolate is melted dip each banana/peanut butter stack in the chocolate and place back on the parchment paper and freeze for an additional hour. Once frozen, remove and enjoy. What you don’t eat, place in a ziploc bag and store in the freezer until ready to eat. These are the perfect bite sized treat to satisfy a sweet tooth without feeling guilty.
For the second sweet treat you will need:
This banana snack is a favorite of my boys. The preparation is quick and the outcome is extremely tasty. The “banana boat” as we call it, requires only three ingredients. Peel a banana and cut in half, after cut slice lengthwise. Spread the top of each slice with peanut butter (this is the boat). After covered in a thin layer of peanut butter top with a few raisins (the people). Serve with a glass of milk and enjoy. I like to give these to my boys as their after lunch sweet treat. They think of these boats as rewards for eating all of their lunch. Serving the banana boat is a great way to ensure my children eat all of their vegetables, because not only are these adorable, they are also tasty.
So if you are like me and always have bananas laying around, try one of these recipes and I am sure you will find them just as tasty as we do. If you are not a peanut butter fan, I have also substituted these recipes with almond butter, and Nutella. Whichever spread is a favorite in your house is sure to be a winner. Never let a good banana go bad, these dessert snacks are sure to please.