If you’re a fan of frozen chocolate covered bananas, or of peanut butter-banana sandwiches, you’ll love this easy, high protein recipe.
Instead of using a full dose of chocolate for these bites, I will be using a blend of whey protein powder(chocolate flavour) and coconut oil, with a little bit of real chocolate for textural purposes. This will amp up the good fats(medium chain triglycerides) and proteins, while reducing some of the less desirable fats and sugars in the chocolate.
These bites can be served frozen or from a cool refrigerator. You’ll want them to at least stay slightly chilled, as coconut oil has a tendency to melt at higher temps.
In other words, don’t set a tray of these out in the sun during your BBQ and expect them to survive. They should be fine in a cool house, however.
edited 6/6/2013 to add: Remember that just because these are made with great nutritious ingredients doesn’t mean they don’t have calories. If made as written, with the same products pictured, you get approximately 25 bites, at 40-50 calories per piece.
The positive side is that because of the coconut oil/protein powder substitution for most of the chocolate, these are EXTREMELY filling. I have a very big appetite, and even I was stuffed after 3 of these.
On with the recipe! You’ll need:
– 4 bananas
– 2 tbsp chocolate chips (the darker, the better)
– 1 generous scoop of chocolate flavoured whey protein
– 1/4 cup coconut oil
Slice bananas, and lay half of the pieces flat on a sheet of parchment paper. Then, spread each with a generous dollop of peanut butter.
Combine chocolate chips, whey protein, and coconut oil in a microwavable bowl. Melt for 30 seconds, stirring halfway through. If additional time is needed, add 15 seconds at a time, with frequent stirring.
If mixture becomes too liquid, place in fridge for a few minutes, until it has a good dipping/coating consistency. You can test this with a knife dipped in the bowl.
When at a good consistency, dip each banana bite into the chocolate with a toothpick.
Then, place back on parchment paper.
You may need to go back and recoat some of the pieces. Any leftover chocolate can be poured over the bites, or used for something else.
That’s it! Turtle clearly approves. We hope you enjoy the recipe, too!