Peanut Butter Banana Salad

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Peanut Butter Banana Salad is a cool, creamy, and crunchy salad with an irresistible combination of peanut butter, Dijon Mustard, and banana. It’s a comfort food for me. I usually make it for dinner, or when I’m not sure what to cook for dinner. I am super excited to share this recipe with you! This is the perfect peanut butter banana salad and it’s my favorite recipe to make when I want something tasty that also feels healthy.

PEANUT BUTTER BANANA ENERGY BITES

No bake peanut butter banana energy bites are soft, sweet, and the perfect little healthy snack to tide you over until your next meal! No baking required and made with just 6 healthy ingredients

No bake peanut butter banana energy bites are soft, sweet, and the perfect little healthy snack to tide you over until your next meal! No baking required and made with just 6 healthy ingredients. #healthysnack #peanutbutterballs #peanutbutterbites #bananarecipe

Ages ago, I shared a lovely, surprisingly popular recipe for Fruit-n-Nut Peanut Butter Energy Balls. Readers really loved the simplicity of the recipe, the taste, and the ease with which they’re made.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THESE PEANUT BUTTER BANANA ENERGY BALLS

Whether you call them peanut butter balls, energy balls or peanut butter energy bites, these are such a yummy new flavour, with the merging of creamy peanut butter, oats, and bananas… plus they have chocolate! (Everything is better with chocolate right?!?) These healthy snack energy balls are the perfect flavour combination of a peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal cookie mixed with banana bread.

Not only do chocolate chips pretty much make everything better, but they also make these energy bites better. No need to melt chocolate and do a pretty drizzle, no need to do anything more elaborate than just scooping out the right amount of chocolate chips and folding them straight in.

INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE PEANUT BUTTER BALLS

This is a favourite recipe of mine because it uses common pantry items that I usually have in the house:

  • ripe bananas
  • rolled oats
  • peanut butter, or your favourite nut butter like almond butter
  • honey
  • mini chocolate chips, and
  • cinnamon
Close up of a peanut butter banana oatmeal and chocolate chipe energy ball on a white plate.

HOW TO MAKE PEANUT BUTTER ENERGY BITES

These are so simple to make that even your kids can help!

  1. Mash up the bananas in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Stir in the rolled oats, peanut butter, honey, miniature chocolate chips and cinnamon.
  3. Scoop about 2 tablespoons of the mixture and roll into a 1-inch ball. Repeat with the rest of the mixture.
  4. Refrigerate for 2 hours, allowing the oats enough time to soften.
  5. Store the energy bites in the refrigerator.

ARE PEANUT BUTTER ENERGY BALLS ACTUALLY HEALTHY?

Energy balls made from peanut butter have a satiating combination of protein, good carbs, healthy fats, and are also high in fiber. They’re also are portable, so they are the perfect healthy on-the-go snack before or after your workout!

HOW TO STORE PEANUT BUTTER BALLS FOR LATER

Read on for tips and ideas on how to store, freeze and defrost these.

Thai Noodle Salad With Banana Peanut Dressing

Thai Noodle Salad With Banana Peanut Dressing

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Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. (8-12 oz) thin rice noodles 
  • 1 medium, ripe (about 1/2 cup) DOLE® Banana, pureed 
  • 1/4 cup crunchy or creamy peanut butter 
  • 1/4 cup Vanilla ALMOND BREEZE® Almondmilk Coconutmilk Blend
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce 
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, salt, and sugar 
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves 
  • 6 DOLE Butter or Romaine Lettuce Leaves 
  • 2 medium, firm DOLE Bananas, sliced diagonally 
  • 1 small cucumber, thinly sliced 
  • 1 cup thinly sliced DOLE Red Onion 
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted almonds, optional

Directions

  1. Prepare noodles according to package directions. Cool; store in cold ice water until ready to use.
  2. Combine together mashed banana, peanut butter, almond coconut milk, soy sauce, red pepper, cayenne, salt and sugar in small bowl; stir until blended. Set aside.
  3. Broil or grill chicken 20 to 25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center, turning chicken over halfway through cooking. Cut chicken into 1/2-inch wide strips.
  4. Line 6 individual plates or large platter with lettuce. Top with chilled rice noodles and drizzle with dressing. Arrange sliced chicken breasts, banana slices, cucumber and red onions over noodles. Sprinkle with almonds, if desired. Drizzle with remaining dressing, as desired.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites

These frozen chocolate covered peanut butter banana bites are the perfect healthy warm weather treat. Keep a batch in the freezer for easy snacking and enjoy two bites for less than 100 calories!

Recipes don’t get much simpler than this but honestly, I think this is one of my favorite recipes of the summer! It’s the perfect after-dinner treat when you’re craving a little chocolate and let’s be real… that’s pretty much every night around here! I think baby girl has a sweet tooth like her mama. 😉

These chocolate peanut butter banana bites are similar to my chocolate covered banana pops, but we’re adding in one of my favorite foods ever = peanut butter. Plus they’re a little easier to eat in my opinion! That said, both are really fun recipes to make with your kiddos if you are looking for a fun way to bring them into the kitchen with you this summer.

Chocolate peanut butter banana bites on a plate. Slices of banana sandwiched with peanut butter and dipped half in chocolate and frozen.

Are bananas and peanut butter good for you?

YES! I think I’ve talked about this before on the blog, but when did fruit get such a bad rap in the health world? Let me state it clearly in case you need to hear it: fruit is good for you. Period. Fruit is made by this lovely earth and is packed with a lot of vitamins and minerals our bodies need. Bonus points for tasting pretty dang great too. Fruit does have sugar, but it’s natural and a great source of carbs and energy. Nature’s candy indeed!

So back to bananas and peanut butter. This combination is actually the perfect combination for a snack or dessert. I like to try to make sure all of my snacks and meals incorporate healthy fats, lean protein, and fiber. Check, check and check when it comes to this combo – we have the peanut butter to thank for the fat and protein, and the banana to thank for the fiber.

What do I need to make peanut butter banana bites?

  • bananas – fresh bananas
  • peanut butter – look for natural peanut butter without added oils or sugar
  • dark chocolate chips – regular chocolate chips also work here
  • coconut oil – this helps thin the chocolate and makes it easier to dip the bananas

How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites

Start by prepping your bananas – peel them and slice them into rounds about 1/4 inch thick.

Line two platters/plates or baking sheets with parchment paperSpread the peanut butter on a banana slice and top with another. It’s like you’re making little banana sandwiches! Repeat until all of the banana slices are used and you have about 30 bites. Place bites on the prepared platter(s) and put in the freezer so they harden a bit.

Once your peanut butter banana bites have hardened, make your melted chocolate. Add the dark chocolate chips and coconut oil to a small bowl. Microwave for one minute, stir and microwave for another 30 seconds. Continue stirring and microwaving until all of the chocolate is melted – this shouldn’t take more than two minutes total!

Chocolate peanut butter banana bites on a plate. Slices of banana sandwiched with peanut butter and dipped half in chocolate and frozen.

Take your frozen banana bites and dip them into the melted chocolate so half of each bite is coated, place them bake on the baking sheet. Continue until all bites have been dipped and place them back in the freezer so they can harden again (should only take about 15 minutes this time!). You’ve been patient enough – it’s time to dig in!

One helpful tip: I recommend using two platters or baking sheets so that you’re only taking half of the frozen banana bites out of the freezer at a time. If you take all 30 out at the same time, some of the bites will start to thaw and get slippery before you get a chance to dip them in the chocolate.

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