I think I may have formed a chocolate covered frozen banana habit. You see, there is a frozen banana stand at the farmers market at work every Thursday and now a week never goes by without a frozen banana. (Every week I also have to refrain from making an Arrested Development “there’s always money in the banana stand” joke…) The vendor covers the frozen bananas in dark chocolate and chopped peanuts and it’s just perfect. Mmm… The flavor combo of banana, chocolate, and peanut just can’t be beat!
This soft serve is like a frozen chocolate dipped banana that can be eaten with a spoon. Make this for breakfast topped with a bit of granola (like this homemade granola) or serve it for a delicious, healthy dessert with just a bit of chocolate syrup perhaps? Unlike typical soft serve, this version is chock full of healthy nutrients:
- Oats have many health benefits including better blood pressure control, prevention of constipation, and improved insulin sensitivity (Source).
- Bananas are known to be a good source of potassium, but the also offer over 15% of your daily needs for vitamin B6 (a key player in protein metabolism) and vitamin C (important for healthy skin and hair).
- Milk and yogurt are great sources of calcium, potassium, and B12. In addition, yogurt offers additional digestive benefits because it includes probiotic bacteria which promote intestinal health, prevent bloating, and support immunity.
- Peanut butter gives this soft serve more protein to keep you from getting the mid-morning munchies. In addition to protein, peanut butter is a good source of vitamin E and heart healthy monounsaturated fat.
- 1 cup vanilla reduced fat yogurt
- ½ cup skim milk
- ⅓ cup oats
- 3 bananas
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- ½ cup granola (store-bought or homemade)
- Combine the yogurt, milk, and oats together in an small jar or ziploc container. Shake or stir well to combine and let sit in the fridge overnight. (This will soften the oats.)
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Slice three bananas and arrange them in a single layer on the parchment paper and place in the freezer overnight.
- In the morning, pour the oat mixture and frozen bananas into your blender. Puree on high until thick and smooth. Pour out half of the mixture (it should be about 2 cups) and set in aside.
- Add peanut butter to the half of the mixture still in the blender and puree until peanut butter is mixed well. Pour peanut butter mixture into a clean container and set aside.
- Pour the half of the mixture set aside earlier in to the blender and add the cocoa powder. Puree until cocoa powder is mixed well.
- Layer the 2 mixes in clean glasses. Top with granola and serve chilled.
“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by National Dairy Council and the Quaker Oats Center of Excellence and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”
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