Quick, easy and delicious best describes these little frozen nuggets. And with the heat we’ve been having here in the Pacific Northwest, frozen treats like these frozen chocolate banana bites are game changers in order to keep from sweating through your outfit, changing, then sweating through the next one.
Are you feeling the heat too? Then you need this simple, tasty recipe.
We just got back home from a week long trip with my family in Eastern Washington. This was our last long distance travel before the baby comes (can’t believe I’m saying that) and the week provided endless days of thunderstorms and 80-95 degree weather. The thunderstorm part? Awesome. The heat? Not so awesome. The solution? Ice cream. Iced coffees. Cold fruit. And lots and lots of ice water. We traveled back to Seattle only to arrive home to similar heat, a very brown lawn, and a city sold out of fans. The solution here? Bananas covered in chocolate and frozen to perfection for a creamy, chocolatey bite anytime of the day. And I mean anytime! Like 2 AM, 8 AM, 1 PM, whenever.
If you’ve been reading my blog lately, you might be noticing a theme over my last three posts. Chocolate. If you hate chocolate then I apologize. Please don’t leave. I promise there will be recipes with other ingredients coming soon, but I’m 33 weeks pregnant and this baby likes her sweets. Also, how do you not like chocolate? I mean look at these!
I wouldn’t call this recipe “healthy” I would call it “healthier.” You could eat a bowl of ice cream with lots of sugar and no fruit, or you could eat 2 or 3 frozen chocolate banana bites covered in a smallish amount of chocolate and peanut butter and get some potassium while still enjoying the sweet stuff. A little chocolate never hurt anyone. However, if you’re really concerned go with dark chocolate for some added antioxidants, or instead of dunking the banana in chocolate, just drizzle it overtop or try the half dunk. Or just do a few extra squats! But I strongly encourage the full dunk.
Other topping options include:
- Chopped Nuts
- Sea Salt
- Caramel Drizzle
- Graham Cracker Crust
- Crumbled Pretzels
- …Whatever you can think of!
This is a great kids help recipe. Just be prepared to get chocolate everywhere.
What to Bring to the Store
In order to prevent unnecessary packaging waste, bring the following reusables with you the store:
- 2 reusable bulk bags for the chocolate chips and coconut flakes (or any other topping you wish)
Bananas come in their own packaging so for don’t you dare put them in a plastic produce bag! Oh, and always bring your reusable grocery bag.
Waste Meter- 5!
Since you shopped the bulk aisle like a champ and there are only 4 ingredients in these frozen chocolate banana bites, there’s very little you need to worry about in terms of packaging. Here’s what to do:
Recycle: Peanut Butter Jar
Compost: Banana Peels
- 3 large bananas, cut into 1 1/2" slices
- 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- Coconut flakes or shredded coconut for sprinkling
- Find a cookie sheet or pan that will fit inside your freezer.
- Cut the bananas into 1 1/2" slices (about 6 pieces per banana).
- Put the chocolate chips into a bowl and microwave for 45 seconds. Remove from the microwave, add the peanut butter, stir, and microwave another 15 seconds. Stir until all is melted and combined.
- Using a fork and a spoon, dunk each banana slice into the chocolate mixture until fully covered, then place evenly spaced onto your pan.
- Top with a dusting of shredded coconut.
- Put in your freezer for at least an hour, but 3+ hours is perfect for everything to freeze. Store in the freezer.