This amazing frozen banana bites recipe has banana slices sandwiched with peanut butter and dipped in chocolate. It’s a perfectly healthy and indulgent treat. Think of them as mini chocolate-covered bananas with peanut butter in the middle.
Recently I’ve been mulling a new saying, health over flavor. That’s because I realize most of my days I’m looking for a balance between the two. We’ve all tasted food that tips the scale on the “healthy” side. It doesn’t usually leave us wanting more. And I’ve tipped the scale when I’ve opted for too much flavor.
That’s where these frozen banana bites come in. It’s the perfect recipe that offers both flavor and healthiness!
Why This Recipe is a Winner
- Bananas are sliced evenly to create balanced stacks, with a layer of peanut butter in the middle
- Adding peanut butter increases flavor and enhances the texture of these treats
- Melting chocolate with coconut oil makes the melted chocolate thinner and easier to dip the treats in, while providing a nice crunch when biting into the frozen treats.
What You Need
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
- Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
- Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
- Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
- Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
- Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
- Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
- Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
- Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
- Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.
- Bananas — You’ll need 3 medium-size ripe bananas
- Peanut butter — I like using creamy peanut butter, but you can substitute your favorite nut butter
- Chocolate Chips — Choose your favorite dairy-free chocolate chips
- Coconut oil — You can use refined coconut oil for a more neutral flavor
What bananas are best for banana bites?
I recommend using ripe bananas that have a few or several brown spots. However, they should be firm and not “soggy”.
How to Make Frozen Bananas Bites
- Slice the bananas into 1/4-inch slices, keeping them as level as possible.
- Make banana “sandwiches” by topping a banana slice with peanut butter, and placing another banana slice on top.
- Place banana sandwiches on a tray and place them in the freezer for 10 or 15 minutes.
- Melt chocolate chips with coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl and stir until smooth.
- Dip each banana “sandwich” in the melted chocolate and then place them on a waxed paper-lined tray.
- Freeze chocolate-coated banana bites for 10 to 15 minutes. Then transfer the bites to a freezer bag.
Keep the frozen banana bites in a freezer-safe container or bag in the freezer for up to 2 months. It may help to let them sit at room temperature for a minute or so before consuming.
When you come to the curve in the banana, cut a leveling sliver to keep the banana slices even. These even slices will create a more symmetric treat that looks beautiful and tastes delicious!
So there you have it! These frozen chocolate banana bites are healthy, and the flavor is perfectly balanced.
Frozen Banana Bites
- 3 medium bananas , peeled and sliced
- ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup dairy free chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- Slice the bananas into ¼-inch slices, keeping them as level as possible. Top one of the banana slices with a generous amount of peanut butter, and place another banana slice on top (like a sandwich). Place these on a tray and place in the freezer for 10 or 15 minutes.
- Combine chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds. Let that sit for a minute and then stir. You may need to repeat this process until the chocolate is melted.
- Place a piece of waxed paper on a tray that will fit in your freezer. Dip each banana "sandwich" the melted chocolate and then place them on the tray.
- Once all the bananas are coated in chocolate, return the tray to the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes. Then transfer the bites to a freezer bag and store them in the freezer for up to 2 months.
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The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
This post was originally published in 2011 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.