The following recipe makes four servings of peanut butter and banana bites. It takes only 10 minutes to prepare, but then chills for 60 minutes in the freezer. Or, if you can’t wait, skip the freezer and serve them immediately at room temperature.
1 cup 100% whole-grain oats
2 medium bananas
3 tablespoons natural peanut butter
Place the oats in a resealable plastic bag and zip closed. Using a rolling pin, roll over the bag of oats until the oats are small crumbs.
Slice each banana into small, quarter-sized pieces about 1/2 inch thick. Smear a small coating of peanut butter onto each side of the banana pieces.
Add the peanut butter-coated banana pieces to the plastic bag, and then shake until each piece is coated with the oat crumbs.
Place the coated banana pieces on a plate covered with wax paper. Freeze for 1 hour.
Meal plan servings: 1 fruit, 0.5 starch, 1 fat.
Per serving: Calories 207 (From Fat 65); Fat 7g (Saturated 1g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 46mg; Carbohydrate 31g; Dietary Fiber 5g; Protein 6g.
If you’re serving this to kids, you can vary this recipe and make it less messy to eat by doing it like the preceding figure shows, Cut each banana in half and put them on a popsicle stick. Smear the peanut butter onto the banana, and then roll the banana in the crushed oats.