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Chocolate & Granola Bar Banana Bites

Chocolate Banana Bites

Banana & Chocolate Granola Bar Bites – Clean & Delicious®

I’m pretty much addicted to frozen bananas these days.

Whether it’s eating them plain Jane out of the freezer, tossing them into a smoothie, or making some 2-minute banana ice-cream, I just can’t seem to resist their cold, creamy goodness.

So one day, while sitting at my desk staring at a box of Kashi TLC Peanutty Dark Chocolate Layered Granola Bars (my 2nd taste test for Kashi) it hit me!

Kashi Granola Bar Box

Slice up some bananas, dip them in dark chocolate, and then roll them around in some chopped up granola bars!!!

Now up until this moment I had been enjoying the granola bars as-is. The thick fudgy layer of chocolate sprinkled with peanuts and spread over a chewy granola bar made them the perfect partner for my afternoon coffee and a convenient snack to keep in the car for both parent and toddler snack attacks!

And since my 3-year old couldn’t seem to walk past my desk without grabbing one out of the box, I knew I had to work quickly if there were going to be any bars left for my Chocolate Banana Bites.

So I headed to the kitchen, sliced up a banana, chopped up a granola bar, melted a little dark chocolate, dipped, rolled and froze.

And all I have to say is, “OMG these little guys are TDF”!  (Otherwise stated as “oh my God” & “to die for”).

The cold creamy banana coated with a layer of dark chocolate and then topped with the chewy, peanutty, chocolate chunks of the granola bar was a match made in heaven and surely a nutritious treat that everyone in your family will love (I know mine did!).

They are the perfect snack to satisfy a sweet tooth without sending yourself on some crazy sugar-binge.

Enjoy!!

*On another note – After posting the first of my three-part series with Kashi I received some comments and emails from caring and concerned readers bringing to my attention the fact that Kashi has been using GMO crops in many of their products.

GMO’s are genetically modified foods and they are not something we want to be including in our diets.

After a bit of research, I learned that Kashi has began a Non-GMO Project and vow to have ALL their products GMO free by 2015.

If you are interested in doing a little more research yourself, please use the links below as starting point:

Kashi and The Non-GMO Project – This page will show you which of Kashi’s products are currently GMO-Free.

Kashi Go Lean Loaded With GMO’s – An article from Sarah, The Home Economist, providing a completely different perspective.

Thanks so much to each and everyone of my caring readers who took the time to share this information with me and therefore all of you.  xo

Chocolate & Granola Bar Banana Bites

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours to chill

Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 Kashi TLC Peanutty Dark Chocolate Layered Granola Bars, chopped up
  • 1.5 ounces dark chocolate

Directions:

Line a plate with a piece of parchment paper.

Melt your chocolate in a small-medium sized bowl.  You can either do this in a double boiler or in the microwave.

Using a toothpick, dip a slice of banana into the chocolate and then dip into the granola.  Lay banana side down on the parchment paper.

Repeat with all of the banana slices and then pop the plate into the freezer.  Freeze for 3-6 hours or until frozen through.  Once all the Banana Bites are frozen, you can store them in a freezer bag in the freezer.  Enjoy!

Serving Size = ½ a banana

Nutritional Analysis

Calories: 225; Total Fat: 8.2g; Saturated Fat: 4.1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Carbohydrate: 35g; Dietary Fiber: 4.5g; Sugars: 20.5g; Protein: 3.5g

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7 Responses to “Chocolate & Granola Bar Banana Bites”

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    sipnsnap — September 17, 2012 @ 8:31 am

    That has all the right ingredients – chocolate and bananas can never go wrong together. Add to that some crunch, and its genius!
    Thanks for sharing.

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      Dani — September 18, 2012 @ 6:53 am

      Anytime… enjoy;)

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    Heather — September 18, 2012 @ 6:47 am

    Hi Dani,
    Here’s a challenge for you in your oodles of free time. How about a similar recipe, but from scratch rather than using Kashi. I would definitely try it!

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    Shar — September 18, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    you do not need to show this comment, but I do not believe that Kashi is a very clean food. It has taken a lot of hits publicity wise, but certainly, are GMO. My stomach hates that cramped tightness from GMO poisons. But, homemade—these look fabulous. I will certainly adapt the recipe!

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    Barb — September 19, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

    What kind of dark chocolate? Semi-sweet dark choc chips, dark chocolate candy? I have not found dark chocolate melting candy. Thanks, love your site and tips.

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      Dani — September 24, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

      I usually just buy the big bar of dark chocolate from Trader Joe’s and then I chop that up for cookies or melted chocolate… But you could melt any bar of chocolate you like, doesn’t have to be melting candy.

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