Most of us buy bananas. Inevitably a couple of the bananas get past their prime before we get around to eating them. In my waste not-want not way I’m always on the prowl to figure out how to use my icky bananas.
There is always the time-tested banana bread, freezing them in thirds for quick smoothie add ins or my new favorite is chocolate covered frozen bites.
These little bits of frozen goodness are quick, easy and fun to make. I’ve made these with my nieces before and they loved it – so get some kids in on the kitchen magic action too!
Frozen Banana Bites
2 ripe bananas (I like them to have brown spots all over them – makes them sweeter!)
1/4 to 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips
1/4 to 1/3 cup natural peanut butter (Not a fan of peanut butter? Just replace the peanut butter with ¼ cup of coconut oil. Works great too!)
Unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)
- Line a baking sheet or plate with parchment paper. Doesn’t matter what you use – just make sure it’ll fit in the freezer later.
- Cut your bananas into chunks. I don’t like mine too thick, but do whatever floats your boat. Rule of thumb – a large banana yields 8-10 chunks for me. Some like 5-6 per banana. Up to you!
- In a small sauce pan, heat the peanut butter and chocolate chips on low heat until really smooth. You can use the microwave for about a minute, but please use a glass bowl.
- Now the fun part! Dip the banana pieces in the chocolate-peanut butter mixture. I use a fork to drain them off a bit and lay them on the parchment paper. Leave a little space between them. Note: If you have left over mixture, spoon it on the tops for even more yummy goodness!
- This is optional, but we like to sprinkle coconut on top. Dresses them up and adds some flavor.
- Transfer to the freezer for about an hour so they harden. They aren’t frozen through yet (that will take 24 hours), but you can now put them in a container to keep in the freezer.
Once they’re frozen, you will swear you are gobbling down a chocolate covered vanilla ice cream ball. For real! Enjoy!