Peanut Butter Banana Icebox Bars
This recipe is from ‘Greek Yogurt Kitchen’, a new book written by Toby Amidor. Check out more of her recipes here!
Oh, peanut butter. The perfect, most satisfying-ly nutty comfort food – spooned into a cup of Chobani or straight out of the jar. Here, we’re mixing good ‘ol PB with some ripe bananas and Greek Yogurt to make some frozen treats just in time for the start of summer.Prep time: 30 mins, plus 3 hours in freezer
Cook time: 15 minutes
Makes 16 bars
8 graham cracker sheets
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
3 ripe bananas
½ C natural peanut butter
1 C non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 oz dark chocolate (60% – 70% cocoa)
To make crust:
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Place graham cracker sheets in large re-sealable plastic bag and seal bag. Using the bottom of a mixing bowl, a rolling pin, or your hands to crush the graham crackers into fine crumbs.
Melt butter in a medium bowl in a microwave and allow to cool for 1-2 min. Add graham cracker crumbs to butter and stir to combine. Pour mixture into an 8 x 8 in baking dish and spread evenly over the bottom, pressing gently into corners.
Bake until crust is lightly browned, about 10 min. Remove from oven and let cool for about 10 min.
For the filling:
Mash bananas in a small bowl. In a medium bowl, stir together the peanut butter, yogurt, and vanilla extract until combined. Add the mashed bananas and fold gently until thoroughly incorporated.
Spoon the banana mixture over the cooled graham cracker crust. Place the baking dish in the freezer and chill until completely frozen, at least 3 hours.
Before serving, melt the chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave, about 1 minute, stirring halfway through. Remove the baking dish from the freezer and drizzle the melted chocolate over the top. Slice into 2 x 2-in pieces and enjoy!
Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is the founder of Toby Amidor Nutrition and author of the newly released cookbook “The Greek Yogurt Kitchen” (Grand Central Publishing 2014). For healthy recipes & nutrition tips follow Toby on Twitter @tobyamidor or check out her blog: http://tobyamidornutrition.com/my-blog/.