Ever feel after a meal that you just need a “bite” of sweetness? That seems to be my MO for most meals, except perhaps breakfast.
I saw this recipe as “banana coins” and made some changes to keep it healthy because unfortunately, I can’t just eat one of these.
1. Banana cut into 1” slices (wash banana before peeling the skin off)
2. Several tsp of peanut butter, preferably the kind that is just peanuts*
3. 2-3 squares of melted dark chocolate or equivalent of chocolate chips(sometimes I mix a little coconut milk to help melt the chocolate)
1. On a flat pan/dish, place wax paper and spread out the slices. Then put the dish in the freezer.
2. After about 20 – 30 minutes, remove from freezer and place a dollop of peanut butter . Then freeze again for about 20 minutes.
3. While the second freezing is occurring, melt some dark chocolate. After second freeze, drizzle some dark chocolate on the peanut-banana bits…freeze again until chocolate is hard and then place wax paper with slices in a freezer container (bag, dish)
Keep these in the freezer and grab a “bite” when you desire that small sweetness. This has helped several clients block that “ice cream and chocolate” desire.
By the way, sometimes when I freeze the slices, I don’t have time to freeze the banana, then freeze with the peanut butter. The slices might be “naked” over night or I may add the peanut butter to the slices up front. However, I have found them to be the best tasting when I am able to separate the steps.
And, they thaw quickly. I am an ice chewer so I can pop these in my mouth without a problem; however if you have sensitive teeth, you may want to wait a minute or so.
* I have used peanut butter, walnut butter, cashew butter and sunflower butter. However, peanut is my favorite.