These can be as cute or as ugly as you have the patience for. Many of mine turned out ‘ugly’, but who cares really? It’s not like you’re going to stare at it all day, it’s about to go in your mouth for a wild ride.
The heart in the background happened spontaneously from spooning extra chocolate onto a piece I had set on the cookie sheet. Pretty cool.
I started off by freezing my banana slices on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper, for easy removal. You could start with a whole frozen banana and slice that, I just figured it would be a little easier to slice when still fresh.
I used the other half of that very cold cookie sheet the next day to ‘set’ the bites. A cold surface helps them set better because the main ingredient in the shell is coconut oil which is usually solid at room temperature – unless it’s very hot in your room.
Nutritional yeast really transforms the peanut butter into that true ‘Reese’s’ flavor and texture but in a less Frankenstein way. Nutritional yeast also called, Nooch, adds decent amounts of protein, B vitamins, fiber, and zinc to the recipe. Major bonus!
I had some plastic skewer’s leftover from an Edible Arrangement delivery, so I used those. I only used 1-2.
After I dipped the banana and peanut butter into the chocolate and set it on the cold cookie sheet, I would pull the skewer out to start again.
If your chocolate starts to get cold (meaning it will harden up) from all the banana dipping, place it in a bowl over a warm surface or in a bowl filled with a little hot water.
As a fun option you can sprinkle the area you’ll be setting the bites on with dehydrated shredded coconut for a yummy flavor addition.
You could try using less maple syrup by adding some vanilla creme stevia instead but I haven’t tried that out yet. Let us know if you do!
At some point I ran out of patience or bananas and proceeded to fill one of my Ikea ice cube trays with 1-2 teaspoons of chocolate, then a dab of peanut butter and another 1-2 teaspoons of chocolate.
Most of these turned out FAB with only a few wonky ones.
Luckily wonky still tastes great!
Raw Food | Banana ‘Reese’s’ Bites
- 2-3 bananas, sliced then frozen overnight
- shredded coconut, optional
- 1/2 cup natural peanut or almond butter
- 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil, in liquid state
- 1/2 cup Navitas Naturals raw cacao or raw/toasted carob powder
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Leave bananas to chill in the freezer while you get the chocolate and pb going.
- Add peanut butter, nutritional yeast, honey, and lemon to a small bowl and stir really well. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes, just enough to firm it up a bit.
- Add coconut oil, raw cacao, maple syrup, and vanilla extract to a small personal blender cup (Tribest or Magic Bullet) and blend until smooth. Set aside.
- Spread about 1-2 teaspoons of the 'Reese's' filling on a slice of banana, then insert a toothpick, chopstick, or bamboo skewer through a sturdy spot and dip into the chocolate mixture 2-3 times.
- Once done place cookie sheet back in the freezer until all the bites have set, then transfer to a container for freezer storage.
- Thoroughly enjoy!
I can’t wait to try these, Michelle! You are so freaking creative!
Haha thank you so much Helen! xo 🙂