These frozen chocolate covered peanut butter banana bites are the perfect healthy warm weather treat. Keep a batch in the freezer for easy snacking and enjoy two bites for less than 100 calories!
Recipes don’t get much simpler than this but honestly, I think this is one of my favorite recipes of the summer! It’s the perfect after-dinner treat when you’re craving a little chocolate and let’s be real… that’s pretty much every night around here! I think baby girl has a sweet tooth like her mama. 😉
These chocolate peanut butter banana bites are similar to my chocolate covered banana pops, but we’re adding in one of my favorite foods ever = peanut butter. Plus they’re a little easier to eat in my opinion! That said, both are really fun recipes to make with your kiddos if you are looking for a fun way to bring them into the kitchen with you this summer.
YES! I think I’ve talked about this before on the blog, but when did fruit get such a bad rap in the health world? Let me state it clearly in case you need to hear it: fruit is good for you. Period. Fruit is made by this lovely earth and is packed with a lot of vitamins and minerals our bodies need. Bonus points for tasting pretty dang great too. Fruit does have sugar, but it’s natural and a great source of carbs and energy. Nature’s candy indeed!
So back to bananas and peanut butter. This combination is actually the perfect combination for a snack or dessert. I like to try to make sure all of my snacks and meals incorporate healthy fats, lean protein, and fiber. Check, check and check when it comes to this combo – we have the peanut butter to thank for the fat and protein, and the banana to thank for the fiber.
Start by prepping your bananas – peel them and slice them into rounds about 1/4 inch thick.
Line two platters/plates or baking sheets with parchment paper. Spread the peanut butter on a banana slice and top with another. It’s like you’re making little banana sandwiches! Repeat until all of the banana slices are used and you have about 30 bites. Place bites on the prepared platter(s) and put in the freezer so they harden a bit.
Once your peanut butter banana bites have hardened, make your melted chocolate. Add the dark chocolate chips and coconut oil to a small bowl. Microwave for one minute, stir and microwave for another 30 seconds. Continue stirring and microwaving until all of the chocolate is melted – this shouldn’t take more than two minutes total!
Take your frozen banana bites and dip them into the melted chocolate so half of each bite is coated, place them bake on the baking sheet. Continue until all bites have been dipped and place them back in the freezer so they can harden again (should only take about 15 minutes this time!). You’ve been patient enough – it’s time to dig in!
One helpful tip: I recommend using two platters or baking sheets so that you’re only taking half of the frozen banana bites out of the freezer at a time. If you take all 30 out at the same time, some of the bites will start to thaw and get slippery before you get a chance to dip them in the chocolate.