When my boyfriend goes out of town he sneakily drops his fruit supply on unsuspecting loved ones so he’s not responsible for it going bad while he’s away. That’s how a bunch of bananas magically appeared on my counter Thursday night.
I’ve spent much of the weekend flipping through my cookbooks to figure out what to do with them (other than freeze them for smoothies) and this non-recipe is one excellent lazy solution.
I haven’t had PB2 since my early blogging days when it first came out and I liked to try all kinds of new products. The powdered peanut butter replacement has 85% less fat calories than the real deal and while some criticize it as a fake processed diet food, it’s really just peanut flour (one ingredient: peanuts) reconstituted with water. I liked it then and when I saw a new (to me) chocolate version at Whole Foods, I decided to try it now.
Peanut flour is made from crushed defatted peanuts and has been around forever. The people that produce PB2 at Bell Plantation (which also sells peanut oil and peanut butter, clever little minxes) just had the smarts to package and market it as a “diet” peanut butter. Can’t fault them there.
I know what you’re thinking: But nut fat is good fat! And it is. Nuts have lots of monunsaturated fat that’s good for us and you should absolutely eat them. But in the event you’re already eating a pretty heavy dessert and you want to top it with a less heavy peanut butter, this could be an option. Or if you’re baking and want to keep the fat/calories down but want the authentic taste of peanut butter to come through, this could also be an option. Or if you just don’t quite want/need to consume 200 calories and 17 grams of fat but really want/need a peanut butter hit, this could be an option. PB2 has 45 calories and 1 gram of fat in 2 tablespoons of flour.
If you didn’t want to pay the higher price for PB2, you could get the exact same thing in a bag of cheaper unbranded peanut flour. To reconstitute just combine 1 tablespoon of water for every 2 tablespoons of flour. Flavor with salt, sugar or cocoa powder as desired.
Anyway, all that the say that the peanut butter in these bites is PB2.
To make these bites, simply:
- Slice a banana
- Top with peanut butter
- Top with melted chocolate
These kind of remind me of those mini cheesecake squares Sara Lee used to sell in that they have that frozen creamy chocolate-covered thing going on. Do those still exist?