Quick and easy kid-friendly snacks. That’s the name of the game around here. My 4-year old isn’t big on animal protein, so I’m always looking to find ways to fit it extra protein into her snacks. Banana, peanut butter and chocolate is a stellar combo if you ask me, and this little morsel is like dessert, but its a healthy snack. This snack is gluten free (actually grain-free) and to make it non-dairy just sub for your favorite vegan protein powder and ensure your chocolate chips are dairy-free or use the suggested substitution below.
Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bites
2 medium bananas, sliced into 25 rounds
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
15 drops liquid stevia, or more to taste (I used NuNaturals Vanilla stevia)
1 scoop (1/4 cup) vanilla whey protein (I used Whey Gourmet Naturelle Vanilla)
1 Tbsp water
2 1/2 Tbsp chocolate chips
1 tsp coconut oil, melted
* If you don’t want to use chocolate chips, you could use 2 Tbsp coconut oil mixed with 3-4 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, and use stevia drops to sweeten as desired (nutrition will change)
Slice banana’s into 25 pieces and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. In a separate small bowl, mix together peanut butter, protein powder, stevia and water. May need additional water. Use a little at a time until it forms into a slightly crumbly dough. You just want it to hold together when you make a small ball.
Place a small amount of the peanut butter dough on each banana. It will look like this:
Then drizzle a small amount of chocolate over each one. Place in freezer for at least 1 hour, until the banana’s have a chance to freeze up.
Nutrition (per piece): Calories: 36 Fat: 2 g Carbs: 3.8 g Sugars: 2 g Fiber: 0.5 g Sodium: 6.5 mg Protein: 2 g