September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and getting kids involved in the kitchen is one way to teach them mindful eating practices. Making sweet treats at home is also a way to avoid dangerous additives like high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and food dyes. Have your little chefs help you whip up this delicious frozen peanut butter-banana bites dipped in dark chocolate recipe!
Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Bites Dipped in Dark Chocolate
3 bananas, peeled and sliced into small coin size
¾ cup natural peanut butter
2 dark chocolate bars (3.5 ounces each)
2 teaspoons coconut oil
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Place a sheet of parchment paper on a baking dish. Using a small knife, spread ½ teaspoon peanut butter on each banana slice and top it with another to make a “sandwich.” Freeze for at least three hours.
Once frozen, prepare chocolate dip by placing chocolate and oil in a small bowl and microwaving in 30-second to one minute intervals until melted.
Working quickly, hold each sandwich and dip half of it in the bowl of melted chocolate. Place back on baking sheet and return to freezer for two hours. Enjoy!
Erin Wiedmar, M.Ed., RDN, L.D., CDE, is aclinical nutritionist with Norton Healthcare.