A Little Bite of Summer…..
Spring is definitely here. We just went from a beautiful 71-degree day to 60 and rain. Nothing kills motivation like a good rain. With that in mind I decided to whip up something a little more “summerish”..”summery”.. “summer like”… ,ok, now even the word summer isn’t looking right so you take your pick, today to bring out the artificial sunlight. And it kind of worked! There isn’t any reason why you can’t file this away for this summer, or eat them now. Either way, they are good!
This snack isn’t a stroke of genius on my part, I’m sure that you have all seen them in the freezer section at the grocery store, or floating around the web on numerous food sites, but that doesn’t diminish the simplicity, and yum factor that these little guys possess. I had been involved in a 12-week fitness challenge group and so many of the ladies were running to the store buying Dole Banana Dippers. I know they are expensive, but have never eaten them. Today after I made my own version I checked out the nutrition label on the Dole brand and am asking myself why anyone would buy them!? They are so easy to make, and the ones in the package have a lot of preservatives.
Dole dippers are 100 calories for 4 pieces, mine are 75 calories for 2 pieces, but mine contain peanut butter. Strangely though, even with the peanut butter mine have a lower fat content.
These are so simple to make and they only take about 30 minutes total, that includes freezing time. I like firm bananas, but it is up to you how ripe you get your bananas. If you choose a more ripe banana you will want to freeze them longer so that they are firmer. If you like banana ice cream, these are your go to guys. Between the banana, the crunch of the peanut butter, and the snap of the chocolate you have just about the perfect frozen little go to snack/dessert that you, or the kids will love. All you have to do is slice, spread, dip, and freeze and then you can sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Dark Chocolate Banana Dippers
By Angie Gouchenour
1 small banana – sliced in 10 slices and frozen
1 Tablespoon natural crunchy peanut butter
3 squares dark chocolate (The darker the better)
Slice and freeze banana (I like to freeze mine over night, but 10 minutes Is sufficient
Spread peanut butter on the top of each banana slice and return to the freezer for another 10 minutes
In a microwave safe bowl melt the chocolate in 30 second intervals (Should take 60-90 seconds)
Remove the banana slices from the freezer and dip them one by one in the melted chocolate, place them on a tray on wax paper, return to the freezer for about 5 minutes or so depending on how hard you want the banana portion to be
2 slices =75 calories