Everyone knows that Jason is an ice cream fanatic—ice cream and surfing that is. If I were to keep our freezer stocked with nothing more than a couple gallons of his favorite ice cream flavors, he would be happier than a clam. Although he doesn’t much care for clams—let’s just get to the Frozen Dark Chocolate Covered Banana Bites already!
Over the weekend we stopped by Whole Foods where Jason spotted Chocolate and Salted Peanut Covered Frozen Bananas in the ice cream case. He had to have one.
I was so shocked that he chose a (much healthier) frozen banana over his usual scoop that I made a batch of Dark Chocolate Covered Banana Bites with all the fixings for him the very next day. I may have gone a wee-bit overboard but I couldn’t resist rolling them in sweetened shredded coconut, peanut butter chips, salted peanuts and chocolate sprinkles. Who needs healthy anyway?
I started calling them chunky-little-monkey bites because they were rolled to the max in as many tasty little tid-bits as one bite of banana could possibly hold. Of course you could mix things up any way you like and roll your bites in chopped walnuts, toffee bits, crushed cookies or rainbow sprinkles. The possibilities are endless!
Of course Jason requested one tray “plain” rolled in nothing more than salted peanuts. Like his (very particular) ice cream flavors, the man knows what he likes. That’s fine, more chunky-little-monkey bites for me! So, what are your favorite frozen banana bite toppings?
photos by Leah Bergman
- 4 (firm but ripe) bananas
- 2 cups dark chocolate chips
- 2 Tbs canola oil
- 4 cups salted peanuts, chopped
- 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
- 1 cup peanut butter chips, chopped
- 1/2 cup chocolate sprinkles
- Prepare 1-2 trays for freezing by lining with wax paper. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan over low heat, combine chocolate chips and canola oil. Stir until completely melted and smooth. Remove from heat and let stand 15 minutes to cool.
- Place toppings in small shallow bowls for easy rolling. *make sure to chop ingredients small for easier coating!
- Slice banana into 1/2" thick slices.
- Using a toothpick or cocktail pick, dip banana bites into chocolate and quickly roll in desired toppings. Place on prepared sheet pan and remove toothpick.
- Repeat with the remaining bites. You may have want to go back and sprinkle additional toppings on some bites.
- Freeze 3 hours or until firm before serving. After freezing, you can store in a ziplock bag for easy storage.
- Tip: Freeze peanut butter chips before chopping and rolling for a firmer texture.