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Replenish With Protein Rich Chocolate Covered Bananas

*Courtesy of Running On Veggies

Nowadays I find myself trading in warm oatmeal for cool smoothies, my afternoon hot tea for iced…you get the point. So with that in mind, I decided to make a refreshing afternoon snack that would be perfect for after a hot spring/summer ride. I was looking for something with some protein to restore and rebuild and potassium to replace everything lost through all the sweating! And that’s when I came up with these protein-rich chocolate covered bananas!

These are so versatile and fun to make. You can top them with whatever you like—coconut, nuts, cocoa nibs. Instead of doing the usual melted chocolate, I decided to get adventurous and make my own chocolate using Natural Citizen Organic Protein! If you are looking for something super clean with no added sweetener—not even stevia!—this is it! With just 80 calories per serving, this powder offers 15 grams of protein from multiple great sources, including organic hemp, brown rice, pea and sacha inch protein. That’s really all that’s in it. This is pretty significant because most protein powders have a lot of “mystery” ingredients and added sugars that you don’t even realize you are consuming. This is a good time to remind you to read labels when buying your ingredients! Anything ending with “ose” – such as glucose, fructose –  is just fancy for “added sugar.” If you’d like to purchase Natural Citizen Organic Protein use the code RUNONVEG for a special discount.

This spring/summer snack came together perfectly! It’s refreshing but not too sweet, and has everything you need to get you through a long hot day. Plus it is so fun to make. The only hard part is waiting for it to freeze! This may even be worse than waiting for cookies to finish baking.

Protein Rich Chocolate Covered Bananas

Optional toppings–coconut, nuts, coca nibs

Directions:

  1. Cut bananas in half place on a tray lined with parchment. Freeze for at least one hour. (The bananas need to be cold enough so that when you dip them, the chocolate freezes.)
  2. Meanwhile, combine coconut oil, protein powder and cocoa powder in a bowl. Mix until evenly combined.
  3. Once bananas are frozen, use a spoon to coat the bananas with the chocolate mixture and then place back on the tray. You can do two coats if you like.
  4. Once the banana is coated with chocolate, drizzle almond butter or your favorite nut butter over it. Sprinkle with toppings and freeze again. Serve frozen!

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Lottie Bildirici lives in New York. She blogs at www.runonveg.com and is a recipe developer and holistic health coach with a passion for running and eating clean while enjoying every bite. Creating recipes to recover faster and fuel your best workout, she believes food is medicine. Since we put a lot of stress on our body with running and working out, Bildirici believes in the importance of eating properly, so we don't stress our bodies more with improper fueling.