Sunday, February 16, 2014

Bananas for sugar!

Hello everyone, hope all is well and settled down after the holidays. For those in the northeast, I know they have done anything but settle down what with the 20+ inches ya'll received over the last week or so. So for those of you reading this, hopefully the sun will come out tomorrow.

Anyways, it's been a while since there has been a post, for that I apologize. V is spending time loving up her new baby boy and I've been slacking on my guest blogs. BUT, I have two super easy Pinterest snack recipe finds to share with you guys, so I hope you'll enjoy as much as I did.

The first, a super delicious and fun snack for those of us trying to lose a few pounds but constantly being bombarded by our sweet tooth. Frozen banana bites. SO yummy, also they kind of taste like ice cream. These awesome snacks are an easy way to use up those ripe bananas and get a sweet and salty fix quick. They're just like the "Dole" brand frozen fruit products, only they were free, I already had all of this stuff in my pantry.

All you need for these are a few (however many you'd like to use) bananas, dark chocolate (or milk, but if you use dark chocolate you can get away with saying your getting antioxidants), and any kind of peanut butter you like. You can alter this recipe any way you want and maybe sprinkle some coconut for texture, or totally take out the peanut butter part, no matter what you do they're pretty good.

1. Slice the bananas into equal size slices and lay out on a plate covered in tinfoil or parchment paper. 
2. Spread a small amount of peanut butter on top of each slice
3. Melt small amount of chocolate chips in microwave safe dish 30-45 seconds
4. Either dip bananas or spread chocolate over bananas. You can cover the whole banana slice, or just cover the peanut butter on top.
5. Place the tray into the freezer for about 30 minutes, or long enough to set the chocolate.
6. Pop those babies out an enjoy!

*These will last a few days in your freezer so you can pop a few out whenever you get a craving. They don't, however, last that long once you take them out of the freezer. So if you want them to be creamy and delicious, just take out anything you'll eat in 20 minutes or so.

My final delicious snack is also a good way to use up ripe bananas. Three ingredient banana cookies. "Cookies" is a little misleading, perhaps granola bars would be more fitting? Super easy, super versatile. No flour, no sugar, just 2 ripe bananas, a cup of quick oats, and 1/4 cup of dried fruit. If your not into dried cranberries and such, you could also substitute for something a little sweeter like chocolate chips or caramel pieces (which is a new twist I took for the ones in the picture). 

All you do for this super easy recipe is:
1. Preheat your over to 350. Mash your ripe bananas until creamy
2. Add your 1 cup of quick oats and 1/4 cup of dried fruit or choco. chips. Here you can also add a little extra flavor if you so desire. I like to add a little cinnamon and vanilla for some umph. 
3. Mix until all of your ingredients are combined. 
4. Spoon balls of mixture onto greased cooking sheet
    * These cookies don't spread, they will maintain whatever shape you make them, so if you want them to  look like a cookie use the back of your spoon to smush them into shape. 
5. Place in oven and let cook 10-12 minutes. They will brown a little, but don't really crisp because of the banana. 
6. Let cool, and enjoy!

*These are best if enjoyed within a day or two of making, otherwise the banana will get stale and they wont taste as delicious.

My boyfriend really loves these cookies, they are soft and chewy, but also healthier so you don't have to feel so bad when you eat 5 of them in one sitting. 

Anyway, these are two of my new favorite snacks for the house because they are so easy and so scrumptious. I hope you guys like them, let me know!


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