Sometimes, inspiration strikes at the oddest moments. I have bananas on my counter for my family, and I was stirring up a new jar of peanut butter when I got hit with the intense craving for peanut butter and bananas. Prior to going low-carb, I didn’t eat a lot of bananas, but when I did, it was usually with peanut butter, or in a grilled peanut butter sandwich with honey. I have bananas on my counter all the time and they don’t phase me one bit, but something about them being right next to my precious peanut butter (yes, I seriously love that stuff) triggered a pretty wild craving.
So what’s a low-carb girl to do? I started to panic! I had a bit of the peanut butter off the spoon hoping it would stifle my craving, but it only seemed to make it worse. It was as if some unseen force was pushing me to have a good idea. In just a few minutes, I had a nice big batch of these ready for the freezer, and crossed my fingers that this would turn out the way I hoped. It did, and I couldn’t be happier!
- Put the coconut oil in a microwavable glass measuring cup to keep things neat, and warm it in the microwave until warm and completely melted.
- If your peanut butter is cold, put it in the cup with the coconut oil and warm it again. If your peanut butter is at room temperature, just mix it into the warm coconut oil.
- Stir well until completely combined. It's very important to stir it thoroughly to prevent separation of the oil and peanut butter when they're setting. The mixture should be completely liquid, if not warm it up a little more.
- Add the banana extract, stir well again, and then add the stevia or EZ-Sweetz. If sucralose is not your thing, go with the stevia.
- Stir again and taste for sweetness. Don't make it too sweet - just a warning - until these have had a chance to freeze, the mixture might not taste the greatest, and the extract will taste pretty overpowering.
- Place paper mini baking cups like these on a tray, and pour the mixture, filling a little more than half-way.
- Work quickly, and put them into the freezer. After about an hour, check them, and if they're frozen through, place them in a freezer bag and store them in the freezer.