A Banana, chocolate and Peanut Butter Party!
Let me just start this post by saying I do not bake. Well I do bake…it’s just usually a disaster. I really don’t know what it is about baking. The patience? Having to use specific measurements? I think it’s the fact that I can’t be spontaneous with baking. I guess you could if you were a serious baker and knew what you were doing (I obviously don’t). With regular old cooking, I can swap ingredients in and out, add more or less of this and that, and switch up the herbs and spices. My creativity in this realm of cooking is completely uninhibited. But when it comes to baking…I’m more or less lost.
Except this weekend! I think I came up with the most genius idea for a baked good ever. Chocolate covered peanut butter and banana bread bites! Sounds yummy right? To me those are pretty much the best dessert flavors of all time. Plus they’re all together in one delicious bite! I got this idea from a dessert Dario and I shared at a tiny little restaurant in Orange, VA called The Light Well. They had a warm banana cake with chocolate chips topped with a peanut butter frosting. It was a party in my mouth! So good!
I basically combined the flavors of that delicious cake and a technique from a great blog post from Oh She Glows and came up with my idea for chocolate covered peanut butter and banana bread bites. So in reality…I suppose this wasn’t 100% my idea (thanks to The Light Well and Oh She Glows). But I’m still pretty proud that a) I made these by myself and b) not only did the recipe actually work, but turned out to be an awesome dessert!
- 1 pre-made banana bread (I used this recipe from Cooking Light: Banana Bread)
- 1½ cups smooth peanut butter
- 1/3 cup low-fat plain yogurt
- ¼ cup hot water
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 12 ozpackages of Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips
- Bake banana bread ahead of time and allow to fully cool down to room temperature.
- In a large mixing bowl, break up the banana bread into very small chunks and crumbs.
- In a small bowl, mix together the peanut butter, hot water and yogurt. Stir to combine. Mixture will still be thick but have the consistency of corn syrup.
- Add the peanut butter mixture to the banana bread crumbs. Mix to combine and ensure all crumbs are coated in the peanut butter. The resulting mixture should be tacky and be able to stick to itself and form balls.
- Form into 28-30 1″ balls and place on a sheet pan with parchment paper or a silpat. Set aside.
- In a small sauce pan, heat the cream over medium high heat until small bubbles form around the edge.
- Add in the chocolate chips and stir until the chips are completely melted.
- Carefully slide 1 or 2 banana bites into the chocolate mixture. Use a spoon or flat whisk to completely coat each bite in the chocolate. Set back on sheet pan and repeat with the remaining bites.
- When all the banana bites are covered in chocolate, allow to set in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight.
Besides the amazing combination above, what’s your favorite dessert flavors? Are you good at baking? Do you prefer baking or cooking – and yes there’s a difference! Let me know! I’m always interested!