These Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Banana Bites are a quick and healthy treat or pre/post workout snack. They are vegan, gluten free and
paleo-friendly (I was informed peanuts are considered legumes and therefore NOT paleo. Use any other nut butter to make this a paleo treat).
Traveling in tropical countries I had to quickly realize that finding a good place and time to work out can be quite challenging.
I used to like running outside. Here in SE Asia this is only possible very, very early in the morning before the sun comes up. Any other time of day it’s just too freaking HOT and I already feel like I am going to pass out when I’m still within sight of my house.
However, there are two problems with working out so early in the morning: 1. I am a night owl and I’m rarely awake before the sun comes up. 2. The DOGS! They rule at night in Asia. I don’t trust a dog whose owner is sleeping and many of the dogs around don’t even have owners. So, let me tell you, running in the dark while dogs are barking and running after you is SCARY!
Whenever we are close to an ocean or swimming pool, that is my favorite kind of exercise – mainly because I don’t like to sweat. At other times I prefer cardio exercises from the air-conditioned comfort of our place. It’s cool, no dogs and the only onlooker giving me strange stares is my husband. I can also shower right away when I can’t deal with the sweat anymore.
BUT…I have to do it first thing right after I wake up. Once I let the busyness and to-do list of the day get the better of me, working out just doesn’t happen anymore. It has to be even before breakfast. If I have breakfast first, it weighs me down too much, so I have to wait a while. Of course, I pull out my to-do list while I wait, and one thing adds to another and before I know it the day is over.
Since working on a completely empty stomach is no good either, I usually have a couple bites of a banana or a spoonful of honey. Recently I came across these Chocolate PB Banana bites on Pinterest though and they make a wonderful pre or post work out snack. There are only 3 ingredients and they’re gluten free andvegan (you guys know which chocolate to use) and even paleo-friendly (if you use another nut butter). So many healthy options!
I couldn’t find where I first came across these little bites but when I set out to make them myself I looked at this post from Heather’s French Press.
Basically, all you do is slice up a banana, spoon peanut butter on half of the slices and top them with another banana slice. Heather then used a toothpick to hold these little peanut butter banana sandwiches together for dipping. To make it a little easier I let them set up in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour. Then, I put one bite on a fork and spoon melted dark chocolate over the top. The excess chocolate can just drip off this way.
Place the bites in the fridge until the chocolate is set. I like to enjoy these frozen, so I actually keep them in the freezer.
This made taking pictures really hard, though. Condensation just kept setting onto the frozen buggers. Oh the joys of tropical humidity! Please don’t mind the ‘wet-look’. I hear it’s in for lipstick?
Do you have a favorite time and place to work out? Do you have pre or post workout snacks? Share your thoughts with me!
Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Banana Bites
- 1 Banana
- 1/4 cup Peanut Butter
- 80 grams (3oz) Dark Chocolate
- Slice the banana. Spoon peanut butter (about a heaping teaspoon) on one banana slice and top with another. Place into freezer to set up for about an hour.
- Melt dark chocolate and dip banana bites in it. I place one cold bite on a fork and spoon melted chocolate over top - this way the excess can drip right off. Place dipped PB Banana Bites in the fridge until the chocolate sets. I like to enjoy them frozen, so I keep them in the freezer.
If you are vegan and into cake and baking, have you seen my vegan fondant recipe yet? I posted it close to 2 years ago but to this day it is one of the most popular posts: