Recently I was asked to bring bananas to a family gathering. I cut up a few and put them out on the buffet, but of course with all of the other great fresh fruit available at this time of year, not many bananas were eaten. I decided to peel them and put them in the freezer, intending to use them for banana bread later.
But before I could make the banana bread, a memory from my childhood came to me one day and I suddenly knew what those bananas were meant to become – frozen chocolate and peanut butter covered bananas! My mom, sister and I used to make these and they’re so good on a hot summer day.
The original recipe calls for halving the bananas across and putting them on Popsicle sticks. Since I already had pieces, I cut them into approximately one inch pieces to make a bite-sized version. That sounds better to me anyhow – either I eat a smaller portion or the chocolate-to-banana ratio is greater. A win-win either way.
Please forgive the photos – I was doing them in a hurry before the chocolate got too cool and the bananas thawed out on me. By the end when I saw that they were a bit blurry there was no going back. Hopefully it gives you the idea!
Frozen Chocolate and Peanut Butter Covered Banana Bites
- 8 oz. chocolate coating (I used Ghiradelli 60% bittersweet chips)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 4 bananas (cut into one inch pieces and frozen prior to melting chocolate)
- 1/2 cup finely chopped peanuts, coconut or granola if desired
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave until smooth.
- Stir in the peanut butter.
- Dip the bananas in the chocolate mixture and drop onto waxed paper.
- Coat with peanuts, coconut or granola – do this quickly – you may want a friend to help – because the bananas are frozen the chocolate mixture hardens quickly.
- Freeze and enjoy as a quick snack or dessert anytime.
Store in a zip top bag or airtight container in the freezer. They will keep fresh awhile – I just can’t tell you how long because they’re not likely to stick around!
Bonus tip: At the end when I had just a little bit of melted chocolate left, I found out that mixing the dark chocolate chips with the coconut makes a really good treat itself – sort of a DIY Mounds or Almond Joy cluster!
Mmmm…this is making me hungry! Enjoy!