happy tuesday my friends!! in 2021, i told myself that i was going to make convenient foods to have on hand and Chocolate and Oatmeal Raisin Banana Bites are a perfect example!
al and i love having treats in the freezer on hand! it’s easy to store healthy desserts and always have something when the sweet tooth hits. you only need minimal ingredients for the Chocolate and Oatmeal Raisin Banana Bites and they’re a healthy way to snack!
start out by slicing three medium size bananas!
ok, so this is really important- make sure the bananas are not too ripe and not too unripe. they have to be firm enough so the slices hold up well!
the banana bites are yummy, easy, and so addictive. they’re good for you though and made with real ingredients, which is the best news. you can fill the slices with anything by the way, i just wanted a fun twist!
for a fun twist, i wanted the filling to be something other than just plain old nut butter or seed butter, but those are fabulous options.
if you don’t have raisins on hand or don’t like them, no worries, just omit them altogether. the raisins do add sweetness though, so maybe replace the raisins with dates! if you don’t like dates or can’t get ahold of any, i recommend adding a splash of maple syrup if you are looking for that sweet component.
if not though, the banana bites should be sweet enough between the banana and chocolate.
you will need a food processor for this recipe but that’s how we’re going to achieve the oatmeal raisin cookie-dough like filling.
it’s very easy though, you just add almond flour, peanut butter, coconut oil and raisins to a food processor and blend until a cookie dough texture forms. if you want, you could even use the filling recipe to make snack bites. oooo and you could dip them in the chocolate sauce too! ya know, just an idea if you want something without the banana.
the chocolate sauce is really easy to make too!
chocolate sauce process
- add 1/2 cup chocolate chips to a microwaveable cup.
- then, take two tbsp of room temperate coconut oil and add it to the chocolate chips.
- warm up in the microwave for 30 seconds only.
- take out the mixture and start to stir it a bit.
- place back in the microwave another 30 seconds and then stir.
- blend until a silky smooth chocolate sauce forms!
you can always temper the chocolate sauce on the stove but i typically just use the microwave due to convenience and the sauce never burns this way.
how cuuuuuute! the perfect lil snack bites! after you make the filling, place about 1 tsp on top of a banana slice.
then, add another one to the top! press down lightly so they stick together well. dip in the chocolate and you can either dip the whole coin or just half. i did both!
use two forks to make sure each coin gets coated, and then carefully place the chocolate covered banana coin back on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet. i actually put mine on the cookie rack so the chocolate would drip below, but it’s not necessary!
the best finishing touch is a sprinkle of hemp hearts or sea salt for that sweet and salty combination but unfortunately, i was all out!
some other fun topping options
there are lots of things you could top the banana bites with! i just kept it super simple and kind of boring lol. here are others i suggest.
- sprinkles!! rainbow sprinkles would be so fun
- chocolate chips
- chopped almonds or any nuts
- vegan mini marshmallows
- toasted coconut shreds
- cereal! how fun would that be?
- coarse sea salt for the best sweet and salty component
ok, yay what a fun recipe, i’m super excited to hear what you think! tag me in your beautiful recreations so that i can repost!
Chocolate and Oatmeal Raisin Banana BitesCourse: Bites, Desserts, Snacks, SweetDifficulty: Easy
3 medium size bananas that are just ripe cut into slices
1/4 cup very creamy and runny peanut butter (if yours is hard, may need more coconut oil)
1 tbsp room temp coconut oil
4 tbsp almond flour
1/4 cup raisins
- chocolate sauce
1/2 cup dairy free dark chocolate chips
2 tbsp room temp coconut oil
- cut the bananas into slices and lay on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- add the filling ingredients to a food processor and blend until a cookie dough forms. place about 1 tsp of the filling on top of banana slices.
- add another slice to the top and lightly press down so they stick together.
- for the chocolate sauce, add the ingredients to a microwaveable cup and warm up for 30 seconds. take out, stir and place back in the microwave for 30 more seconds. mix again until a silky smooth texture forms.
- dip the bites in chocolate, place on the baking tray and freeze for at least 2 hours. store in the freezer in an airtight container and enjoy!