Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Chia + Chocolate Banana Bites {Sweet Simplicity Link-up}


Today, I'm excited to introduce you to my co-host, Carrie from Waiting with Joy! I've gotten to know her through the Influence Network and found out that we even went to the same college :) You should definitely go visit her blog and see what she's up to today!

I'm also excited to share with you this recipe for a very simple, easy, and delicious treat. Believe me, chocolate banana bites are nothing new, but I wanted to share them with you just in case you have never had them.

Because they are so good--unless you are my husband who isn't such a fan of them. I, however, think that most people like things coated in chocolate...

I added chia seeds to this little treat since they are supposed to be good for you or something ;) I found this article nice and informative. I like to keep chia seeds around because they are a nice little add-on to smoothies, oatmeal, or chocolate bananas!


But, beware, they are high in fiber so you might not want to eat too many at once...

So, here's how I make chia + chocolate banana bites.

I start with cutting up a few ripe (but not too ripe) bananas into bite-sized pieces, put them on a pan with parchment paper, and let them freeze for a few hours. They don't need to be frozen first, but it definitely helps :)


Then (after my bananas were nice and firm), I melted my chocolate according to the package's directions.


Let's just admire this chocolate for a moment.


I dipped the bananas into the pool of chocolate heaven, pulled them out with a fork, put them back on the parchment paper, and then sprinkled a few seeds on top. It was really quite painless. But, you want to make sure you put your topping on before the chocolate starts to harden (I learned this the hard way...)


Finally, freeze them. Once frozen, you can move them into a baggie or container to keep in the freezer.

That's about it!

Here's a simple recap of the ingredients + instructions:

Ingredients:
  • 2-3 bananas
  • Bag of chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet) or meltable chocolate bar
  • Chia seeds (or nuts, coconut flakes, sea salt...oooh, that would be good!, etc)

Directions:
  • Slice banana into bite-sized pieces. Place on parchment paper and freeze.
  • Once firm, dip banana pieces into the melted chocolate and place back on pan with parchment paper.
  • Quickly sprinkle on the topping.
  • Once all the bites are covered in chocolate, freeze until well-hardened, put into a container, and store in the freezer.

Now, it's your turn to share your simple projects, recipes, inspiration, etc!

Let's also share our simplicity with the hashtag #savorthesimple in Twitter and Instagram :)

Here are some little guidelines for the link-up:
1. I'd love for you to share that you're linking up with me today. You can grab the little button down there or just include a link.
2. Please only link projects/ideas/inspirational posts that have the theme of simplicity. In other words: no Julia Child recipes please :)

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2 comments:

  1. oh man, I want tro try this now! good thing I have all the ingredients already :)

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  2. Yum!! This sounds so good! And I love how simple it is!

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