Frozen Banana Bites

Frozen Banana Bites are coated in healthy things like peanut butter, ground flax seed or trail mix and then dipped in chocolate. A recipe that represents equilibrium: a perfect balance between health and flavor. All the ingredients are healthy. And all the ingredients rank high on flavor, especially when combined! Frozen Banana Bites are a perfect balance between healthy and flavorful. Do you know the old saying “form over function”? The idea behind the message is to choose what’s practical over what looks good. Of course, that would mean the the end to decorative pillows and lava lamps. They’re low on “function” but oh-so-high on “form”.

But I’m not sure I entirely agree with this sentiment. We need a little form, don’t you think? So, I search for equity between the two.

Recently I’ve been mulling a new saying, health over flavor. That’s because I realize most of my days I’m looking for balance between the two. We’ve all tasted food that tips the scale on the “healthy” side. It doesn’t usually leave us wanting more. And I’ve tipped the scale when I’ve opted for too much flavor.

Ahh, flavor, you are such a flirt…but giving into you leaves me so “heavy” hearted! Sliced bananas are topped with peanut butter and waiting to be dipped in chocolate. I like it when I can find that perfect balance in a recipe.

The inspiration for this one came from my mother-in-law, Diane. (Thanks, Di!) There are several ways to go about putting these Frozen Banana Bites together. You can slice the bananas and freeze them first, or dunk fresh banana slices in the melted chocolate. Banana slices dipped in chocolate are a perfect vegan treat! I elected to add a little bit of peanut butter to my sliced bananas.

When bananas and chocolate are involved, peanut butter just needs to come along for the ride! And then I started getting creative. I pressed chopped peanuts, chia seeds, and even ground flax seeds into freshly cut banana slices, priming them for a dip in the melted chocolate pool. Skittle infused Frozen Banana Bites - fruity chocolate treats! I keep these little treasures in the freezer so I can have a bite or two (or three) of chilled sweetness after any meal.

So there you have it — health and flavor perfectly balanced.

Frozen Banana Bites

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 24

Ingredients

  • 2 or 3 bananas, sliced
  • Topping - peanut butter, chopped nuts (peanuts, brazil nuts, or almonds), ground flax seed, or even Skittles (chopped)
  • ½ cup dairy free chocolate chips
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons soy milk

Instructions

  1. Slice the bananas into bite-size chunks and cover the top and bottom in an assortment of your favorite toppings. You might want to press those yummy toppings into the banana slices just a little bit. At this point you can freeze the banana slices. Just place them on a tray and place that tray in your freezer for a bit while you prepare the chocolate. Or you can melt the chocolate and begin dipping right away.
  2. Place your chocolate in a small saucepan and melt over low heat. Add the soymilk and stir well. Because you're going to freeze these treats, it's OK if the chocolate is a little on the thin side. I found that having the chocolate thinner made it easier to spread evenly over each banana slice. First place a piece of waxed paper on a tray that will fit in your freezer. Hold a banana slice in one hand and using a spatula cover it with the melted chocolate. Place the banana slice (chocolate coating side down) on your waxed paper and place more melted chocolate on top. Use a small butter knife to spread the chocolate around the top and over the sides. You can be as neat or as messy as you want. I promise you they'll taste great either way!
  3. I also decorated each slice with a little bit of the topping. So if the banana slice featured chopped peanuts inside, I placed a few chopped peanuts on top. I like surprises, but not always in my food!

Note: A week or so ago, I noticed another site with a similar recipe and I wanted to share with you a link to that one as well. Never Homemaker always has great recipes and workout tips on her site. I hope you enjoy her version of Frozen Banana Bites as well!

Posted 4 years ago by Marly on Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 · Permalink

33 Responses to Frozen Banana Bites

  1. Marly, these look so fun to eat – what a great treat for the kids after school!

  2. YUM! Can’t wait to try this version. Sounds good!

  3. Great ideas! My husband LOVES frozen banana slices….ad chocolate and Skittles? I’m in!

    • The fruity flavor with the Skittles added in gives it a nice touch!

  4. OMG – Yummeee!!! This look amazing Marly, definitely going to make these on the weekend, Matt and the boys will make these disappear quickly. Thank you

    • That is a problem with this recipe – it disappears WAY to quickly! Have Matt save you at least one!

  5. I’ve heard of making banana ice cream with just bananas but this looks better. :)

    • I’ve made banana ice cream too (with just bananas) and that was good, but the flavor was very intense. I like this recipe because it balances the flavor of the frozen banana with the chocolate. How delicious is that!

  6. Too cute! I have to make these!

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  8. I like frozen bananas just the way they are. This seem like gilding the lily to me.

    • Oh, Anna, you are SO right. I have gilded my share of lilies in my lifetime, but I just can’t seem to stop myself! I think I’ll start a support group. We could call it the Gilded Lily Society. The problem would be, of course, that we would all get together and think of new ways to gild. For example, those banana bites sure would look nice with sprinkles! See? There’s no hope for me!

  9. Yum! I love banana flavored icecream and can’t wait to try these,

  10. I’m with the other comments … we make banana smoothies / ice cream a lot … but never these little goodies! What a great after-dinner treat :)

  11. PS – the peanut butter is *genius* .. you could even try other nut butters. I’m thinking … macadamia??

  12. I found you on Finding Vegan, and my bites are in the freezer right now. I love this recipe because sometimes I just NEED something sweet and frozen and these are PERFCT, just what i was looking for so thank you!

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  14. what a great idea. We’ve been incorporating more flax in our diet and this is perfect.

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  16. would the recipe still turn out as delicous as they look if one used 2% instead of soy milk?

    • Hi Madalyn – I’ve been vegan for nearly 5 years now so the flavor of cow’s milk tastes sour to me. If you don’t want to use soy milk, there are also great almond milk or coconut milk products you can use. In fact, you don’t have to use any milk at all for this recipe. I hope this helps!

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  18. great idea, will try to make it. thanks for sharing!

  19. Hi there, can you please tell me how long you can store these and the strawberry ones for? thanks

    • As long as you keep them in the freezer they can remain stored for quite awhile. I would say at least a month, possibly two. The thing is, they’re so good to eat…you probably won’t need to!

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  21. Hello summer! I would totally eat them all…haha.

  22. What a delicious and creative idea! I would never have thought of this recipe and you make it look so delicious.

    • Ah, thank you so much! I love having those in the freezer on hot summer days!

  23. My husband (and the rest of us, too) would be OBSESSED with these. YUM!

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