Frozen banana slices are layered layer with peanut butter then dipped in a thin layer of chocolate. These frozen chocolate peanut butter banana bites make for a healthy treat. Perfect for hot days!
These chocolate peanut butter banana bites will always be one of my favorite frozen treats. They were one of the first recipes I ever posted on Nourished by Nutrition back in 2014. And my love for these frozen treats still holds true. This post just got a much needed update.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites
If you’ve never made a frozen banana dessert, you’re in for a treat! Freezing bananas creates a soft ice cream-like texture making them the perfect sweet treat, especially in the summer.
These frozen banana bites are like little banana ice cream sandwiches. The sweet frozen banana rounds have a thick peanut butter filling a thin chocolate coating. The chocolate hardens in the freezer creating a thin chocolate shell around that banana peanut butter sandwich, creating the perfect snap as you take a bite. They’re so easy to make and keep stashed away in the freezer for when you need something sweet.
Four-Ingredient Banana Bites
That’s right! All you need is four simple ingredients to make these delicious frozen treats.
- Bananas – choose ripe bananas. Avoid overly ripe, spotty bananas because they’ll be too mushy to work with.
- Peanut butter – a natural peanut butter with the only ingredients being peanuts and salt. This is by far my favorite peanut butter. I buy five at a time on Thrive Market to save money! Feel free to sub almond butter or another nut or seed butter.
- Chocolate chips – dark chocolate chips work best to offset the sweetness of the bananas. Choose a chocolate chip with cocoa 60% or higher for the most antioxidants. Make sure to choose dairy-free chocolate chips if avoiding dairy or vegan.
- Coconut oil – this helps thin out the chocolate and creates that snappy, magic shell coating on the banana bites. Unlike other cooking oils, coconut oil gets solid at cooler temperatures, therefore there isn’t a replacement for this ingredient.
HOW TO MAKE FROZEN BANANA BITES
- Assemble the bites – Peel and slice the bananas into ¼ inch thick rounds. Layer half of the banana slices with peanut butter. then place the remaining banana slice on top.
- Freeze – Place bites on the two parchment lined baking sheets place in the freezer for about 1 hour, or until the banana is frozen solid.
- Dip in chocolate – Dip the frozen banana bite into the melted chocolate so that half of the bite is coated, scraping the bottom side of the banana bite on the edge of the bowl.
- Freeze again – place the baking sheets back into the freezer to harder for about 15 minutes.
- Store and enjoy – enjoy straight out of the freezer or let thaw for 2-3 minutes before enjoying! Store the frozen bites in freezer safe containers for up to 1-2 months.
Nourished by Nutrition Facts
Are bananas healthy?
Bananas are a fruit people shy away from because of their sugar content. Sure, bananas do have more sugar than lower sugar fruits like berries, but they shouldn’t be feared. The sugar in bananas isn’t just sugar. It’s naturally packaged with other nutrients and fiber. The natural sugars in bananas and their nutrients make for a great quick energy source for your body. They’re also easily digestible making them a great pre-workout snack or part of a post-workout refuel.
Bananas are a good source of potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, fiber, and several antioxidants. Unripe bananas contain resistant starch. This acts as a prebiotic fiber that feeds the good bacteria in your gut. As bananas ripen, the starch turns into various sugars – glucose, fructose, and sucrose. This makes the ripe bananas taste sweeter and is a good source of quick energy for your body.
Bananas also contain several antioxidants, which are responsible for many of their health benefits. These include dopamine and catechin. Catechins are a type of antioxidant flavonoids that have been linked to various health benefits, including a reduced risk of heart disease.
Tips for Success
- Ripe bananas – use ripe bananas for this recipe. You want them to taste soft and sweet when frozen. I recommend completely yellow bananas. Overly ripe or spotty bananas may be too soft to work with.
- Choose the right size tray – make sure to choose a baking tray that fits inside your freezer. I recommend quarter sheet pans. These are also great for small batch cookies or other baked goods. Flat plats, cutting boards, or platters will also work!
- Two baking trays – using two baking sheets makes dipping the frozen banana bites easier. Take one tray o out of the freezer at a time. Otherwise, some of the bites will start to thaw and get hard to handle before you’re able to dip them in the melted chocolate
- Scrape the excess chocolate – once you dip the banana in the melted chocolate, scrape the bottom of the banana bite on the edge of your chocolate bowl. This way you won’t have a puddle of chocolate under each bite.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites
- Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
- Yield: 20-30 bites 1x
3 ripe bananas
⅓ cup peanut butter
½ cup dark chocolate chips
2 teaspoons coconut oil
Select a baking sheet that can fit in your freezer (I use two quarter sheet pans). Line the baking sheets with parchment paper. Then set aside.
Peel and slice the bananas into ¼ inch thick rounds (40-60 slices). Set the banana slices on the baking sheets. Place ½ teaspoon of peanut butter on top of half of the banana slice, then place the remaining banana slice on top. You will have around 20-30 bites depending on the size of your banana. Place bites on the two parchment lined baking sheets place in the freezer for about 1 hour, or until the banana is frozen solid.
Once banana bites have been in the freezer for an hour, melt your chocolate. Add the chocolate and coconut oil to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute, stir and microwave in additional 30 second increments, stirring after each interval until chocolate is completely melted.
To dip the bites in chocolate, remove the frozen banana bites from the freezer. Dip the frozen banana bite into the melted chocolate so that half of the bite is coated, scraping the bottom side of the banana bite on the edge of the bowl. Place the chocolate covered bite back on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining banana bites. Place the baking sheets back into the freezer to harder for about 15 minutes.
Enjoy straight out of the freezer or let thaw for 2-3 minutes before enjoying! Store the frozen bites in freezer safe containers for up to 1-2 months.