Banana Coconut Peanut Butter Bites

Posted on February 10, 2013

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photo-5Finding the right balance between eating right, working out regularly, and eating right is time consuming.  It’s important to understand the pay off.  Is it obsessive?  Or is it worth it?  It’s something we all have to decide individually, cause let’s be real, nobody is in control of the result but you and you alone.  It’s not to say you don’t have a great support system in your corner rooting you on,  but the end result will all be created from the sacrifices you make, if you can even call them that.

I’ve spent time and money, years and dollars, sweat and tears trying to figure it out.  The perfect formula is different for everyone.  What has ultimately worked for me was staying consistent with the food I ate and the work I put in at the gym.  There was no compromise. Ever.  The formula of the two, working together simultaneously, would result in progress and in my mind success.

What’s important to me, is balance.  For the past 2 weeks, I’ve dramatically reduced sugar intake.  No, not candy bars and ice cream.  I stopped eating that crap years ago.  I’m talking about whole foods.  Fruits, sweet potatoes, honey, coconut water, maple syrup… oh yes, there is plenty of sugar in nature.  Since I’ve been on a predominately whole foods diet, I’ve done a great job of discovering the worst combinations of these sugars with fats such as coconut oil, and managed to get myself in a world of trouble.  That’s dramatic, but ultimately, sugar was deterring my goals.

With the close supervision of professionals, I dramatically altered my diet for a week, removed all sugars, and lost 7.5 pounds in 7 days at a beach camp I’ll be telling you more about soon.  What I learned at camp, is worth sharing.  Sugar is evil.

Again with the drama, but the point is this.  If you have any goals you’ve been trying to achieve with your body but have struggled to get that last 10 pounds off, take a look at your sugar intake.  Chances are they might be lurking in your foods and blocking your progress.

Enough of that.  Find balance, right.  2 weeks sugar free, my mind is running crazy with creative sweet treat ideas.  Having not had fresh fruit in weeks, a splurge can be pretty guilt free when done in moderation.  Something about me.  I get excited when I create delicious food using incredibly healthy items that I don’t feel the least concerned with allowing into my body.  When you’re ready for a cheat day, a boost meal, or some sugar; this should be a rare event, try these. They are an indulgent and are not paleo, since I used the amazing coconut peanut butter.  But, they were incredible and totally worth every calorie.  Equivalent to a snickers ice cream bar, minus GMOs (you can read about Genetically Modified Organisms here) and other crazy chemicals, this treat is loaded with whole foods you can feel good about eating!

An alternative would be to use an almond in place of the peanut butter.  Or, of course, almond butter would work.  A dollop of honey would be pretty amazing too.  The list goes on.

Banana Coconut Peanut Butter Bitesphoto-1

Makes about 10 servings, 2 pieces each

Ingredients

(always organic)

2 Bananas

¼ Cup Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (melted)

Honey (to sweeten)

Coconut Flakes

Earth Balance Coconut Oil Peanut Butter Spread

Cacao Powder

Prep

  1. Peel and slice bananas 1/4” thick and place on a cookie sheet or dish and place in the freezer.

photo-4 Chocolate

  1. Melt about ¼ cup coconut oil by heating in microwave for 15 – 30 seconds,
  2. Add a TBS at a time of honey to melted oil, stirring vigorously to desired sweetness (if you add too much honey it will change the texture of the mixture, so be easy there is sweetness in the banana too!)
  3. Add a TBS at a time of Cacao powder, to desired texture.  The thicker the mixture, the thicker the chocolate.
  4. Add a handful or less of the coconut flakes
  5. Mix

Assembly

  1. Get the bananas out of the freezer
  2. Add a dollop of the coconut peanut butter to each banana and return to tray (or alternatively almond butter if you’re paleo)
  3. Place in the freezer for a 3 – 5 minutes
  4. Remove from the freezer and place a toothpick in the center and gently pick it up, using a spoon to guide it into the chocolate.  Dip into the chocolate mixture, coating it in its entirety.
  5. Try not to eat it and place it back on the tray.
  6. Repeat on the remaining banana peanut butter bites until all are covered
  7. Return tray to freezer.
  8. Wait.  As long as you can.  The longer you wait, the more frozen the banana will be.

Nutrition Information

**Tip! Coconut oil will harden when it gets cold. That’s why it’s amazing to make chocolate with! Once you dip the frozen banana in the melted chocolate mixture, it will start to harden.

**Tip! Coconut oil will harden when it gets cold. That’s why it’s amazing to make chocolate with! Once you dip the frozen banana in the melted chocolate mixture, it will start to harden.

Serving Size:  2 pieces

Calories 162
Fat 13g
Protein 4g
Sugar 4g
Fiber 3g 

Benefits of Coconut Oil*

–        Heart health

–        Thyroid booster

–        Metabolism booster

–        Weight loss promotion

–        Immune system support

*According to Dr. Joseph Mercola as stated in Coconut Oil Benefits:  When Fat Is Good For You

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