Banana bomb (noun): an explosion of banana, love, and chocolate in your mouth. They are addicting because they are so delicious. You MUST eat more than one, and you easily can because they’re super healthy and give you lots of energy. I give you permission to stuff your face.
I make and stuff my face with banana bombs a lot. In fact, I have the recipe memorized! I love making them for events where lots of hungry people are present. They’re perfect to bring for sports teams at sports tournaments, as well as to theatre cast and crew parties! I’ve done both. Last night was the cast and crew party for the fall play I was in at my school (The Matchmaker). I wanted to bring something dessert-like but still healthy to the party. That something? Banana bombs.
The cast party was really fun, especially since the cast and crew is awesome! We ate food, saw pictures of ourselves that were taken throughout the show, and found out who won mock elections! There are mock elections for every show at my school, and during the shows we have a chance to vote for who we think should win for each category. There are the typical “best cast,” “best crew,” and “best costume” categories as well as categories that have to do with the show. One of those categories was “most likely to keep eating the chicken” because one of the funny lines in the show was, “Stop eating the chicken! I can’t pay for it!”
Guess who won that award?
If you guessed the vegan, you were right. The irony is unreal. I was excited to get the award (and it’s a legit award, I got a certificate and everything) because it came with a cute little squishy chick toy that lights up if you press it.
It was also a fun night because I ate lots of banana bombs, and eating banana bombs is a blast (haha get it!?)!
I just love banana bombs so much. You can eat them for breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, dessert… anytime! They taste like banana bread. And they contain chocolate. And they only contain healthy, natural, great-for-you ingredients. And they’re magical. If these reasons don’t make you want to eat some banana bombs, I don’t know what will.
If you don’t like bananas, then these babies are probably not for you. I feel bad for you because you’re missing out. For those of you who do like bananas… prepare for nirvana.
makes 18-21 cookie scoop size banana balls
- 2 ripe bananas, peeled
- ½ cup pitted dates (14-16 dates)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 cups oats
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- optional add-ins: 1/4 to ½ cup each of coconut flakes, walnuts, raisins, cranberries, peanut butter chips… really whatever your heart desires! I like to do batches with 1/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes and ½ cup chocolate chips, 1/4 cup walnuts and ½ cup chocolate chips, and batches with ½ cup raisins instead of chocolate chips to change it up.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Blend together everything except the oats and chocolate chips in a food processor. Then add 1 and ½ cup of oats and pulse in the food processor for 5 seconds or so. Take out the food processor blade and mix in the remaining oats and the chocolate chips (and possibly your other add-ins). Scoop onto a cookie sheet with a cookie scoop or a spoon and bake for 13 or 14 minutes. When they come out of the oven, let them cool for about 5 minutes, then enjoy!
I hope your weekend has been wonderful. Have a relaxing day and treat yourself to some banana bombs! You deserve them because you’re awesome.