PB & JELLY BITES
Looking for a taste of childhood? These PB & Jelly bites are the PERFECT blend of a (semi) healthy and tasty treat that is refreshing, just in time for summer!
Step 1. After gathering all your ingredients, you’re going to start out by spraying your pan with some PAM or cooking spray. Make sure to get one that is is vegetable base, olive oil is going to give it a bit of a funky taste (but we don’t judge). This will keep everything from sticking to the pan. You don’t want to be fighting to get it out at the end! In our video we have a ceramic container, any container or baking pan will do since it doesn’t go in the oven. It will even work in a Tupperware.
Step 2. You will want to lay out the bottom of the pan with graham crackers, if a whole one doesn’t fit, break it in half like we did, just make sure to think that every break will be a miniature bite, so don’t make the pieces too tiny. Try sure to strategize how you will lay the graham crackers on top since the bottom and the top need to be the same size. It’s not a bad idea to break those pieces of top layer at this point and set them aside so that you have exact pieces at the end.
Step 3. Time to spread some jelly on top of the graham crackers! We like the traditional grape jelly, but if you don’t, you can always substitute with different fruit jellies! Make sure to spread it carefully all the way to the edges.
Step 4. Grab your frozen banana and peanut butter and toss it in your blender or food processor. Keep blending! If it sticks to the side, use a rubber spatula to force it down and blend it again until smooth.
Step 5. Use your banana/peanut butter blend to spread evenly over the jelly. It’s ok if it isn’t perfectly smooth!
Step 6. Now it’s time to use that second layer of graham crackers to lay on top.
Step 7. Freeze for at least 2 hours! If you are planning to leave in your freezer longer, cover with plastic wrap (or a Tupperware lid)
Step 8. When you’re ready to take them out of the freezer, portion the chocolate chips with one tablespoon of coconut oil and an optional small splash of milk in a bowl, we choose cashew milk but any milk will suffice. Pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds, then mix it for 30 seconds with a spoon until the chunks are all melted and smooth. If not perfectly smooth, put back in the microwave for 10 seconds and mix again (repeat this step if necessary).
Step 9. With a butter knife, carefully cut out the portions of the graham crackers (follow the existing cracks in the graham crackers laid out) and place onto a plate. Use a large spoon to drip the chocolate onto each bite.
Step 10. If you’re feeling snazzy, this is a great time to add some toppings. We like nuts like pistachios, walnuts and almonds. Cut them into little bits and sprinkle them onto the chocolate. Store in freezer for 30 minutes or until you’re ready to eat them!
Step 11. ENJOY! We hope you like them as much as we do!