After logging my meals for almost three weeks (let’s be friends on My Fitness Pal) and then breaking down my current diet with my coach earlier this week, he challenged me to give up bananas for a little bit as I work to lean out for Miss Maryland USA, instead replacing them with lower calorie/carb/sugar fruits like apples or berries.
Today, I am having major banana withdrawal. And so, I am sharing one of my favorite banana “recipes” with you!
Ya’ll, I have a major sweet tooth. Like MEGA major. Like, if I could, I would survive on Oreos and sour gummy worms.
Alas, there’s not a whole lot of nutrients in Oreos or sour gummy worms, and they definitely suck more energy than they give. So what’s a girl to do?
I love these DIY Banana Dippers. They’re easy, customizable, and can be enjoyed with endless different topping combinations. And, if you’re banana-averse (first of all, who are you?!) or you’re like me and are making the switch to a different fruit, these are just as delicious with strawberries. I took one for the team and tried them for you.
Here’s how to do it:
First, find yourself a small bowl and melt one serving of chocolate chips (I use semisweet, but you could use milk, dark, white, or even peanut butter if you want to get wild). I use the microwave for convenience. The trick to not burning chocolate in the microwave is to microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each half minute, until melted.
Next, find your toppings. I used Captain Crunch and powdered peanut butter (PB2), but you could use different cereal, nuts, or even sprinkles! Like I said, the possibilities are endless.
Lastly, assemble your toppings and chocolate on a small plate with a half – or full! – banana. Use your fork to cut slices, dip, top, and enjoy!
Help me banana daydream – what are some of your other favorite ways to eat nature’s best fruit?