Ever since I was a kid, I have had a banana aversion. Something about their mushy texture (and lack of moisture) does not appeal to me as a standalone fruit or snack. Happily for Rice Kernel and my Dad (two banana fiends), I love the flavor of bananas in baked goods and pancakes. (Guiltless banana cookies are regularly on hand in our home.) And, as I finally discovered, frozen bananas are not too shabby. In fact, they are deliciously creamy. You can make them in a pinch for one or for a crowd – and it’s a great way to get the kids involved (and keep them entertained on a rainy day!).
Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites (I’m almost embarassed to call this a recipe)
- 1-inch pieces of banana (preferably ripened, brown bananas)
Melted chocolate (you can use chocolate chips; we opted for 70% dark chocolate)
Chopped nuts (we used pistachios and peanuts)Options: Use caramel sauce or melted peanut butter chips to coat the bananas. You can also dip in sprinkles, crushed graham crackers, walnuts, pecans and toasted shredded coconut.
- Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment. Freeze 1-inch pieces of banana. Melt chocolate chips in a microwave until smooth, then dip the banana pieces in to coat; roll in chopped peanuts and place on parchment in freezer until chocolate firms.