Frozen banana bites have been enjoying a burst of excitement on blogs across the interwebs (my fav’s: (never home) maker and Brazen Kitchen). And every time I see them, I make a mental note to try my hand at a batch when we have a stockpile of bananas. Which, sadly, is all the time.
And maybe even more sadly, these little nuggets of bliss never made it into my belly.
Until late this past weekend. We had family come to visit. And with them, came a bunch of bananas that didn’t get eaten and were about to go past the point of no return.
I was simply going to freeze them for later use in smoothies or sorbet. And then it hit me: this is the perfect time to make the frozen banana bites.
Too bad for my family, we made it after they left.
These bad boys are great for snacking, they keep in the freezer, and are a much healthier alternative to a bowl of ice cream or a candy bar.
They also happen to be amazingly awesome.
15 minPrep Time
5 minCook Time
20 minTotal Time
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2/3 cup dairy free chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1-2 tbs canola oil (optional)
- 1/4 cup pretzel crumbs, coconut shreds, cashew pieces, or any other topping of your choice
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper.
- Cut up the bananas into good-sized chunks, about 1-inch thick. Each banana should give you around 5 to 6 pieces.
- Heat the chocolate chips and peanut butter in the microwave on high in 20 second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth.
- Dip the banana pieces in the chocolate mixture, cover completely, and transfer to the lined baking sheet. Make sure to leave some space between each banana.
- You can add canola oil to the mixture if it becomes slightly thick, looks dry, or the banana pieces have trouble getting fully coated.
- Sprinkle the pretzel crumbs (or whatever topping you chose) on top.
- Transfer to the freezer for about an hour until hardened.
- Eat now, or wait until they are completely frozen for an entirely new treat!
- Store in an airtight container or ziploc bag and enjoy until they are devoured. Which probably won't be all that long.
Nightshade free, dairy free, wheat free, gluten free, corn free, soy free, and egg free.
*The dairy free, soy free, wheat free, gluten free, and corn free status of this recipe hinges on your choice of chocolate chips. If you are avoiding all of those things, Enjoy Life brand chocolate chips may be the best option, as they are the top 7 allergen free. Otherwise, feel free to use the chocolate chips of your choice.