Happy Monday & to those of you who have the day off - enjoy it! To those of you reading this from your office desk - I feel you, so am I :)
I thought I’d start the week off with being real. Sometimes you just want to eat dessert first - so if you need it justified tell everyone I told you to do it. Sometimes real is dessert first & sometimes it isn't pretty. I wasn’t going to post these deliciously simple bites because well they’re just not that pretty [insert whiny frowny face & voice here] - but as Chris replied to my mini tantrum “they taste pretty” which translates to they taste good, put them on the blog - so I am. Here they are.
The other night as we indulged in season 2 of a House of Cards binge (OMG!!! that first episode) I felt we needed some dessert but I didn’t feel like baking & all of the brownies were gone already. I looked around to see what we had. Bananas, check. Peanut butter, check. Chocolate, check. So I decided to make mini peanut butter & banana sandwiches covered in chocolate. Luckily, peanut butter & banana make a complete protein & dark chocolate has lots of happy antioxidants in it so I felt good about eating these sweet little bites & you should too.
- 2 bananas (they don’t have to be super ripe - but at least no or little green not the outside)
- 1/4 cup peanut butter (I opted for natural chunky peanut butter but you can choose your fave)
- 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips/chunks
- Heat about an inch of water in the bottom of a heavy bottom pot with a heat proof bowl that fits on top of it. If the water touches the bottom of the bowl remove some of the water - you want to just use the steam to heat the bottom of the bowl. Reduce heat to low to keep the water simmering.
- Place chocolate in bowl on top of the heated water.
- Stir occasionally as the chocolate melts.
- Peel & cut bananas into 1/4 inch slices.
- Spread a layer of peanut butter on top of a banana slice & then cover with another banana slice making a sandwich. Do this for all banana slices.
- Place peanut butter banana sandwiches on a dish with parchment paper/wax paper or foil on it.
- After the chocolate has melted, cover each sandwich with chocolate as pretty as you can (mine were not pretty - so I call them rustic!).
- Chill chocolate covered peanut butter banana bites in the freezer for 20 minutes or until the chocolate sets & hardens.
- Serve chilled.