Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites*


I have a sweet tooth the size of my ass. Or should I say, my ass is the size it is because of my insatiable sweet tooth? Either way, I can’t go a day without having something sweet. I tried to go sugarless for a week once and it wasn’t pretty. I only made it 4 days…and my marriage barely survived. I woke up to Jorge pouring simple syrup down my throat and praying to the sugar gods that I would be nice again.

So I have learned that Me – Sugar = Evil. It’s just a fact that I have learned to live with. It doesn’t have to be a whole slice of cake, or a giant cookie the size of my head, although I would really like it to be! It can be something small…like 1 cookie, a spoonful of honey, or a fun size candy bar. Just a little something to get me through the day. :-)

These Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites are exactly that, just a little something to get you through the day! I love that I can make up a big batch of these and freeze them for when I need a quick sugar fix. They are tiny and not total diet killers (i.e. these babies are totally ass friendly at only 49 calories a piece!).

There are so many options for this idea and you can change them around to fit your taste. For the recipe below, I made them my favorite way…dark chocolate, banana, peanut butter filling and fleur de sel on top! Then I store them in the fridge (they are best cold) and grab a couple whenever my blood sugar drops below 5 bajillion points.

There are many other ways to make these though! My sister likes them frozen instead of just refrigerated…so they are like little frozen bites. She also likes them topped with multi-colored sprinkles. I also think you could add some chopped salted peanuts to the top for a fun crunch! Or you can keep it simple and skip the peanut butter layer for a plain chocolate-y banana treat. The opportunities are endless, let your imagination run wild!

 

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites

Yield: appx 20

Ingredients:

2 large bananas, sliced 1/2 inch thick rounds
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon heavy cream
4 oz 62% cocoa chocolate, chopped
Fleur de Sel (fancy, flaky, French sea salt), to taste

Directions:

Line multiple cookie sheets with wax paper. Place banana slices in rows. Set aside.

Whisk together powdered sugar, peanut butter, and heavy cream until smooth. Transfer to a ziplock baggie and cut off the tip. Pipe on to the top of the banana slices. Set aside.

In a double boiler (or glass bowl) over simmering water, melt 2 oz of the chopped chocolate. Stir with a spatula until completely melted. Once melted, continue cooking until the chocolate reaches a temperature of 115°F.

Immediately remove double boiler from the heat. Begin slowly adding in the remaining 2 oz chopped chocolate, stirring constantly. Continue stirring until chocolate cools down to 90°F.

Using a spoon and toothpicks (or whatever works for you) coat the peanut butter topped bananas with the tempered chocolate and return to the wax paper. Lightly sprinkle the tops with some Fleur de Sel. Continue until all the bananas have been coated.

Then transfer the cookie sheets to the fridge and let harden for 2 hours. At this point you have a few options:

1. Eat Immediately: This one is pretty self explanatory! ;)

2. Eat Gradually: If you are going to eat them throughout the week, transfer to an airtight container (or a ziplock baggie) and grab them whenever you need a sweet treat. If you are storing them longer than 7 days, freeze them instead.

3. Freeze: Transfer to an airtight container (or a ziplock baggie) and freeze for up to 3 months. Eat directly from the freezer if that's your thing, or let cool on the counter for 15 minutes before eating!

Nutrition Info:
Per 1 Banana Bite: Calories 49. Fat 3.2. Carb 6.4. Protein 1. Fiber 0.5.
**calculated using sparkrecipes.com**

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48 Responses to “Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites”

  1. 1

    DessertForTwo — March 14, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

    I love these!

    I can’t go a day without sugar either. I’ve tried. I feel so guilty, but it’s just who I am. Love yourself, haha! :)

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    Jill — March 14, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    Yum! These look fantastic!

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    USA Kiwi (Kylee) — March 14, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    Oh dear. I’m in trouble with these ones! YUM!

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    Maria — March 14, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

    I am a sweet girl all the way! I could eat a million of these!

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    Kathryn — March 14, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

    I’m completely with you. I can’t function without some sugar. And some carbs but that’s a whole other story. These are such great little bites, what a fab idea.

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    Annalise — March 14, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    So simple, and yet, they look incredible! Wish I had a few to nibble on right now.

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    Theresa — March 14, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

    Are you kidding me? These are so brilliant. Why didn’t I think of this?! Oh who cares. I’m going to make some as soon as I get home… and then eat them all. I can’t wait!

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    Kris — March 14, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

    oh my STARS these look good! perfect flavors.

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    Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables — March 14, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

    I could neverrrr give up sugar. It’s just too good!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — March 14, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    I need all the ass-friendly sweet recipes I can get because I am the same way… no sweets for too long and I go nuts!

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    Samantha — March 14, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

    I think you are some kind of super genius because this recipe is fantastic.

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    naomi — March 14, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

    I love you ass friendly bites!

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    naomi — March 14, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

    Wait that last comment sounded kinda wrong. . . you know what I mean. Good food that keeps my skinny jeans fitting equals ass friendly bites I love.

    That still sounded wrong. I give up. Judge me kindly, will ya!

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    Cassie — March 14, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

    These are amazing! Love the flavor combo.

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — March 14, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    i’m dying…these sound AMAZING!!!

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    Christina @ ovenadventures — March 14, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

    what a fabulous idea. i totally gonna make these. i can’t wait!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — March 14, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

    I have a constant supply of freezer bites like these on hand at all times for sugar “situations” b/c I have a total sweet tooth as well. Dark chocolate is practically health food so these totally “don’t count” ;)

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 14, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

    Yes, I could easily take a dozen of these off your hands!

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    Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — March 14, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

    Love peanut butter, banana, and chocolate together! Love these little treats!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — March 14, 2012 @ 8:26 pm

    What a cute, delicious little snack!

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    Kim — March 14, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

    These are a perfect treat for the warmer weather we are having in IL. I will have to make and pop in the freezer to help me cool off!

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    Joanne — March 14, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

    I’ve discovered recently that if I don’t eat at least one sweet thing every day, the next day I go kind of crazy and try to eat as many sweet htings as possible. Not the best system. I’d much rather have it the chocolate/PB/banana-a-day way!

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    Tessa — March 14, 2012 @ 11:32 pm

    We must share a sweet tooth because I have to have something sweet everyday too. These seem like a great solution to both my sweet tooth and the stock of bananas I have in my freezer!

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    Paula — March 14, 2012 @ 11:49 pm

    I think I’d be like your sister in wanting to eat these frozen. Having that chocolate melt in your mouth while you wait to chomp down on the banana! Yeah!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 15, 2012 @ 3:19 am

    I have a bit of a sweet tooth and it’s absolute torture when I don’t feed it with good stuff. I get cranky and mean, and let’s just say – it’s not pretty for me either.

    I think I’ll treat my sweet tooth this weekend with these banana bites. I have like 4 bananas turning black at the current moment so I should really go use that up.

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    bigFATcook — March 15, 2012 @ 6:06 am

    wow, this looks absolutely amazing… and so easy to make! I love it!
    Greets from BFC!!!

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    jmposti4 — March 15, 2012 @ 7:33 am

    I LOVE that you have an Ass Friendly archive!!

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    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — March 15, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    That’s cute that you implied they could last for months as if they’d survive a whole weekend.

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    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — March 15, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    Each PMS go round, I crave chocolate, peanut butter, and bananas. So, I think it’s pretty obvious that I totally love you now.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — March 15, 2012 @ 10:54 am

    I love these, Jessica! They would be a huge hit at my neighborhood happy hours. Delicious idea, and so creative!

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    thelittleloaf — March 15, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

    These look absolutely amazing! Like a healthy banana-y version of a twix. Yum!

  32. 32

    Cindy — March 15, 2012 @ 8:59 pm

    I have to make these! I’m stocked on ‘naners right now, too. Thanks for this!

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    Deborah — March 17, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

    I would NEVER survive without sugar! These are the perfect snack to have on hand when a craving hits!!

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    honeywhatscooking — March 17, 2012 @ 11:53 pm

    this looks heavenly.. i recently made truffles, never thought of adding bananas, holy crap, delish!!!

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    Kelly — March 26, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    I was at a party/reception on Friday night and someone had made these from your blog. I can attest personally, they were delicious. I may have eaten a half dozen….or two!

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    Kim Bee — March 26, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

    I love these things. I made some for the SRC and loved them to bits. I tend to like them super cold but not quite frozen. Really good with coconut on them. But then what in life isn’t good with coconut.

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    Foodforthoughtlinds — March 27, 2012 @ 9:38 pm

    omg, I can’t eat peanut butter right now because I’m breastfeeding (big nut allergies in my family and dr advised to steer clear for the time being). But these are making me droooool and count the days until my little one is one… Just pinned these so that I’ll remember to make them come the fall.

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    sparkldiamnod — April 4, 2012 @ 2:17 am

    I am in rehearsal with my ladies group for a surprise birthday. I am going to make up a batch or two to take for a nibble after reheasal. They all have the same problem with sugar as we do. Thanks for the idea. Have you ever tried other fruit?

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    Cookie and Kate — April 9, 2012 @ 9:53 pm

    This. Is. Brilliant.

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    Jacki — May 26, 2012 @ 10:54 pm

    Pinterest brought me… these look amazing and you blog made me giggle so much I read the entire entry aloud to my boyfriend.

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    Alison @ Ingredients, inc. — June 5, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

    okay too good! Where Have I been? My kids will love these!

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    shirley — June 14, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

    My hubby is gonna love these! His three favorite things for a dessert!

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    MsShalamar — June 15, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

    I made these the simple way….. Lined and sprayed Pam parchment paper on a cookie sheet……melted some dark chocolate…added an envelope of stevia to sweeten chocolate …..sliced bananas….topped with crunchy peanut butter…….spooned the melted chocolate over the banana/peanut butter…put in freezer to freeze. Yummy !!!

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    shirley — July 12, 2012 @ 6:03 pm

    Finally made these and they are awesome but tempered chocolate is not my friend but definitely worth it

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