Dark Chocolate Covered Frozen Banana Bites

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I am a runner.  I don’t usually run because I feel like I need to work out.  I mostly run because it’s the time that I feel most alive.  As my feet hit the pavement, I am able to let a few things out, and I imagine stomping my frustrations below my feet.  I like the feeling of getting somewhere fast, of getting nowhere, fast.  I run with our stroller, I run without it.  I run trails and I run pavement.

But, running makes me hungry. Like, really really hungry.  And I have a major sweet tooth, which I have my mother to blame.  She claims that she ate lots of sweets when I was being formed, so this is all her fault.  Think that’s a myth?  My doctor told me that after 13 weeks I could have one cup of coffee a day as long as I had an extra glass of water that day as well.  My two year old?  Love the taste of coffee.  I only know this because I caught him drinking it, followed by a loud “YUM!” when my back was turned.

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Thankfully, this little snack is about as healthy as it gets for a sweet treat.  It’s bananas, dark chocolate, walnuts and then a few sprinkles for good measure.  This way I can run, and pop some of these into my mouth to satisfy my sweet craving, but not feel weighted down and lethargic.

Plus, Chip and I made these together, and had tons of fun.  They are super easy and a good, healthy treat for the little ones as well!

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Chocolate Covered Frozen Banana Bites

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes, plus freezing

Ingredients:

1-3 ripe bananas (just yellow)
1 cup dark chocolate (75% or higher) squares
nuts of your choosing for sprinkling
sprinkles for fun

Directions:

Set up a double boiler but filling up one sauce pan half-way with water and then placing a small pan inside. Place both sauce pans on stove and turn heat to high. Place dark chocolate squares in top sauce pan and allow water to boil. The dark chocolate will begin to melt slowly. Stir occasionally to keep chocolate from getting too hot.

While water is boiling and chocolate is melting, place one piece of parchment paper onto a baking sheet. Then, slick your bananas about 1/4 inch (thinner or thicker if you’d like) and place on your baking sheet on top of parchment paper.

Once chocolate has been melted, turn down heat to low. Using tongs, pick up each piece of banana and drop into melted chocolate, and turn over so the banana slice is fully covered. Once covered, place back on baking sheet with parchment paper. Repeat for all remaining slices. Warning this chocolate dries quickly, so I would put your sprinkles and nuts on at this step so that they stick. If you have any chocolate left over, I’d recommend just drizzling it on top of slices, and either adding your nuts and chocolate here, or doing it before hand. The nuts and sprinkles will only stick to chocolate that has not hardened, so it depends on how many fixin’s you want on there!

Place entire tray into freezer and allow to freeze completely. You can leave them on there, or to save space, place them into a freezer bag! Take them out one by one and enjoy!