Sometimes I end up with one lone ripe banana. While there are lots to do with ripe bananas, most recipes call for several. I needed a snack I could quickly whip up with one nana…and these chocolate balls seemed perfect. Chewy and delicious, they offer a boost of fiber, perfect for in-between meals or after a workout. Heads up, the balls are small so they’ll go fast!
The following makes 12 balls (adapted from The Lemon Bowl):
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp natural peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp flaxseed meal (I used flax seeds instead)
- Pinch of sea salt
- 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
- Kosher salt
Mash banana in a medium bowl and add in cocoa powder, peanut butter, flax, and a pinch of sea salt. The original recipe called for 2 Tbsp vanilla protein powder, which I didn’t have so I ended up adding a little more oats. Add the powder at this point if you have some to bulk up the protein.
Continue to mash with a fork until all ingredients are fully combined. The more you mash, the more liquid the banana will release, helping to make it less dry.
Next, stir in oats using a rubber spatula.
Using a small ice cream scooper or two teaspoons, form into 12 balls and place on a plate lined with wax paper or a silpat. Sprinkle a little kosher salt on top of the balls to finish.
Refrigerate 30 minutes, or up to 3 days in tupperware.