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Chocolate banana bites

For the past month, my family has been focusing on staying away from so many processed foods.

It has not been to difficult, except when it comes to snacking. So, I decided to come up with the snack recipes that taste delicious and are simple to make.

The granola recipe I came up with uses pecans and raisins, but you could really use any nuts or dried fruits that you like or have on hand. The second recipe uses a classic combination bananas, chocolate and peanut butter.

These are so quick and would make a delicious after school snack or simple dessert.

Be sure to visit www.cookinupdreams.com for a how to video of the banana bites.

Cinnamon pecan granola

Ingredients:
2 cups old fashion oats
1 1/2 cups pecans, roughly chopped
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raisins

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. Heat sugar, oil, honey, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring the ingredients to a boil while stirring often, and then remove from heat.
3. Pour sugar mixture over oats and pecans and spread on a sheet pan.
4. Bake for 15 minutes. Then toss and bake another 15 minutes before adding raisins to the mixture.
5. Allow to cool completely before serving.

Chocolate banana bites

Ingredients:
1 large banana, cut in half inch sections
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or chopped bar
1/2 Tablespoon natural peanut butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
3 Tablespoons of the topping of your choice

Directions:
1.Place banana bites in the freezer for 10 minutes.
2. Melt chocolate, peanut butter, and vanilla in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, for 1 minute and 30 seconds total.
3. Spoon the chocolate mixture over cold bananas and add the topping.
4. Refrigerate for another 10 minutes, so that chocolate has time to harden.  


Makes approximately 10 bites

 
 
 
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