These delicious peanut butter pretzel bites with banana are the perfect treat. They are sweet, salty, crunchy, and covered in chocolate!
Peanut butter and chocolate are a classic combination. And they pair so well with a variety of other snacks too. Like pretzels and bananas. These peanut butter pretzel bites with bananas are a delicious treat made with simple ingredients. The combination of rich chocolate, salty peanut butter, crunchy pretzels, and sweet bananas makes the perfect little treats.
What Are Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites?
Peanut butter pretzel bites are a delicious bite-sized treat. They are made with banana slices, peanut butter, mini pretzels, and chocolate. Store them in the freezer for a quick snack that is both sweet, salty, and crunchy. My kids love them and so do I because they are so easy to make!
Ingredients Needed for Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites with Banana
- Mini pretzels – Any mini pretzel is perfect for this peanut butter pretzel bites recipe. I prefer the Snyder’s of Hanover Itty Bitty Minis because they are perfectly bite-sized.
- Creamy peanut butter – Creamy smooth peanut butter is perfect for these bite snacks. If you prefer crunchy peanut butter then use that. Whichever you prefer!
- Melting chocolate – Use dark chocolate or milk chocolate melts for this recipe. It melts into a smooth chocolate coating. Substitute the melting chocolate for chocolate chips if needed. I prefer using chocolate melting wafers for these treats. Melting wafers melt more evenly than other chocolates. They also set quickly and firmly.
- Banana – Slice a ripe banana into thin 1/2″ slices. The banana adds a delicious sweetness and creaminess to these bites.
- Double boiler – This is only needed if you are melting the chocolate on the stovetop.
- Parchment Paper – These peanut butter banana bites need a non-stick surface while the set. It makes it easier to peel the snacks up and store them.
How to Make These Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites
These pretzel bites are such an easy treat to make. They are the perfect mix of salty and sweet.
Step One – First, cut a ripe banana into 1/2-inch thick slices. Lay the slices out on a sheet of parchment paper or wax paper.
Step Two – Then, top each slice of banana with a small dollop of creamy peanut butter.
Step Three – Next, top each dollop of peanut butter with a mini pretzel, like a pretzel sandwich. The crunchy pretzels give this snack the perfect texture.
Step Four – Next, melt the chocolate for dipping.
How to Melt The Chocolate
Melt chocolate melting wafers on the stovetop using a saucepan and double boiler. Fill the bottom of the saucepan with water. The water should not touch the bottom of the double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, a heat-safe bowl also works. I prefer a double boiler because they have handles that don’t get hot. This makes them easier to move around after the chocolate melts.
Slowly heat the water to a boil using medium-high heat. Don’t heat the pan too much or the chocolate may seize.
Stir in the melting wafers with a bit of coconut oil or vegetable oil. Stir continuously as the chocolate melts.
Melt the melting chocolate in the microwave on the defrost setting in 30-second increments. The defrost setting reduces the power of the microwave to about 30 percent. The lower power melts the chocolate at a slower rate. That reduces the chance of the chocolate seizing as it melts.
What is Seized Chocolate?
Seized chocolate is when the chocolate gets too hot. Or if it comes in contact with moisture. The texture of seized chocolate is thick and grainy. It doesn’t taste terrific either. The desired texture is smooth and easy to stir. So heat the chocolate slowly and at low heat.
Step Five – Remove the melted chocolate from the heat. Dip the whole banana peanut butter pretzel into the melted semi-sweet chocolate. Stick a fork into the banana, then dip the entire peanut butter pretzel bite fully into the melted chocolate.
Step Six – Top the bites with a sprinkle of sea salt. Place the pretzel peanut butter treats in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to set.
Serve them as an after-school snack, at a party, or save them in the refrigerator to snack on.
Add Fun Toppings
Before the chocolate sets, you can add additional toppings to these bites. Toppings, like salt or nuts, enhance the crunch and saltiness of the pretzels. Colorful toppings also theme the peanut butter pretzels for specific occasions.
- Colorful sprinkles
- Flakey sea salt
- White chocolate drizzle
- Crushed nuts
- Graham cracker crumbs
How to Store Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites
Store these peanut butter pretzel bites in an airtight container in the freezer. These delicious treats are great to pop right out of the freezer and immediately eat as a sweet and salty treat. They last up to six months in the freezer. But I’m sure they will get eaten long before then!
More Easy Sweet Treat Ideas
Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites
- 1 double boiler
- parchment paper
- 1 banana cut into 1/2" slices
- peanut butter
- mini pretzels
- 1 cup melted chocolate
- Cut a banana into 1/2" slices and lay slices out on a piece of parchment paper.
- Top each slice with a small dollop of creamy peanut butter.
- Top each dollop of peanut butter with a mini pretzel.
- Melt 1 cup of chocolate melting wafers on the stove using a double boiler.
- Dip the whole banana peanut butter pretzel in a bowl of melted dark chocolate.
- Set bites on parchment paper to cool.
- Allow 30 minutes to 1 hour for the chocolate to set before enjoying it.