It wouldn’t be Oz without some flying monkeys.
No, not those flying monkeys. These flying monkeys (well, one of them):
In “Wicked,” Chistery is the only named monkey of the bunch – he has a a more pronounced relationship with Elphaba (aka “the Wicked Witch of the West”). He also sports a snazzy outfit; although, I’m not loving the Charlie Brown hair.
I’m not one to shy away from cliches, so banana bites it is! I added some chunky peanut butter and a wee bit of coconut too. Yum.
Chistery’s Peanut Butter Banana Bites
Makes about 30 bites, depending on size
- 4 large, ripe bananas (not green, but not overripe either)
- 7 tablespoons chunky peanut butter
- 10 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Flaked, sweetened coconut, for garnish
1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (wax will probably work too).
2. Cut each banana into 7-8 bites. You can make smaller or larger bites, depending on your preferences. If you make smaller bites, you may need to increase the amount of chocolate.
3. I wanted to cut a nice hole in the middle of each bite, but alas, I did not have any cutters that were small enough. Luckily, I had a “duh” moment and used an icing tip!
It made a perfect hole in the center of each banana bite.
4. Fill each bite with approximately 1/2 -3/4 teaspoon of chunky peanut butter.
If you don’t have chunky PB, creamy would work, of course, but you’ll miss out on the nice texture and extra crunch. The crunchy is definitely worth it!
5. Put the bites in the freezer for 2 hours. Go do some laundry, wash some dishes, (watch the Real Housewives of Whatever…).
6. Melt the chocolate according to the package directions. You can add a teaspoon or so of shortening, butter, coconut oil, etc. to make it a little easier to handle. Immerse each bite in the chocolate – I like to use a fork to scoop it out and tap against the edge of the container to get rid of the excess chocolate. An important aside: make sure that the bottom of your bite is covered! You want the entire bite to be encased in chocolate. Otherwise, your banana will get soggy and weepy and kind of gross. Not that I would know anything about that…
Once you are satisfied with your chocolate coverage, lay the bit back down on the parchment paper. Don’t worry – it shouldn’t stick!
7. Before the chocolate hardens, place a little bit of coconut on each bite. If coconut isn’t your thang, feel free to use sprinkles, nuts, and the like instead.
8. Store in the fridge in an airtight container. They will last 2-3 days!