I recently discovered the most amazing thing in the bulk section of my grocery store: dried bananas.
Like dried mangos, but bananas. Holy smokes theyâre so good! Theyâre the perfect dipping vessel into my homemade peanut butter, they donât get your fingers all sticky like dates do, they provide a nice little energy boost because of all the natural sugars AND the ones in my store are 100% pure organic banana. Kinda genius if you ask me.
Ever since learning about these little gems, Iâve been wanting to come up with a recipe to use them in. Iâve pretty much just been snacking on them out of the bag and thatâs not really blog worthy soâ¦to the drawing board I went.
Initially I was thinking some sort of granola/breakfast treat, but then energy balls popped into my head. You guys know how much of a sucker I am for energy bites!
I figured the bananas would be a perfect addition to the stickiness of energy bites and since I had just gotten done making a big batch of peanut butter, I kind of feel like it was fate.
Friends, these banana peanut butter energy bites are where itâs at! I mean not only do them combine two of the best ingredients together (banana + peanut butter), but theyâre also packed with nutrients, slow releasing carbohydrates and yet theyâre still sweet enough to have as a dessert.
But before we dive into the recipe itself, check out this video where I show you how to whip up these delicious banana peanut butter energy bites!
Energy bites are probably one of the simplest snacks on the planet. They take only a few minutes to make, last forever in the freezer and theyâre totally portable so you can take them with you to work or for pre-/post-workout fuel.
I actually have two sitting next to me on my desk right now as Iâm writing this! With a cup of herbal tea? Snack perfection!
Oh and just in case banana + peanut butter isnât your jam, Iâve got a bunch of other energy bites for you to try:
1 cup chopped dried banana (you could also try banana chips)
1 cup cashews (or nuts of choice)
Â¼ cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Â½ teaspoon sea salt
1 - 2 tablespoons water (if needed)
Â½ cup quinoa crispies
Add dates and banana to the bowl of a food processor and process until chopped. Add in cashews and process again until it resembles a sandy texture.
Add peanut butter, cinnamon and sea salt to the food processor and whirl again until combined. If the dough comes together, no need to add water. But if the mixture still a bit crumbly, while the machine is running, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time until the mixture comes together (I used about 1 tablespoon). Pulse in quinoa crispies.
Form the dough into golf ball-sized bites and roll them gently between your hands until completely smooth. Store in fridge or freezer.
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