Frozen banana is a great summer snack; it’s so easy, pop it in the freezer and its taste and texture is just like ice cream. For my daughter’s 2nd birthday party I was looking for a way to create frozen banana bites as treats for the kids and I stumbled across this recipe which I adjusted slightly.
It’s so easy, a couple of banana slices sandwich a peanut butter layer and the whole thing is dipped in a thin layer of dark chocolate topped by desiccated coconut. Needless to say the children loved it. I think it’s great for adults too, I have a few stocked up in the freezer and when I get one for my daughter I’ll quite often have one myself too!
Frozen banana , peanut butter & chocolate bites
Make approx 16 frozen bites
Preparation: 20-25 minutes I Freezing: 2 hours
2 ripe bananas
Approx 80ml smooth peanut butter
185 g chocolate, chopped in squares
1 tablespoon of coconut oil (optional)
Desiccated coconut to sprinkle
You will also need:
16 x Ice cream sticks or bamboo skewers
1 x piping bag (I used a disposable one)
Freezer bags ( If you are not eating them straight away)
Note: The coconut oil is optional but I find it creates a thinner chocolate layer and is also tasty, so I would definitely use it if you can get hold of it. I made these in batches for my daughter’s birthday as they take quite a lot of space in the freezer for the first couple of hours until you can store them in freezer bags.
Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a bain marie: put the chocolate pieces and coconut oil in a heatproof bowl and sit over a pan of simmering water and allow to melt, stirring occasionally. Once melted, pour in a small cup to make it easy to dunk the banana pieces in.
Put the peanut butter in the piping bag. Cut the end of the piping bag to have a small approx 5mm hole.
Place some parchment paper on trays or food containers that will fit in your freezer, ready to place the frozen banana bites on.
Cut the banana in slices (approx 8 per banana), you don’t want them too thick. Lay them on a chopping board in a double row ready to sandwich together.
Pipe the peanut butter onto half the banana slices. Start 1 mm from the edge and pipe in a circle until you reach the centre. Then cover each one with a banana slice.
Insert the sticks or skewers in the middle of the banana sandwiches and press lightly until it goes through all layers. You don’t want all the peanut butter spilling out. Dip them briefly in the chocolate to cover them completely. You might want to hold the cup at a slight angle so that the banana doesn’t fall off the sticks.
Sprinkle with desiccated coconut and place on parchment paper with the stick facing upright. Once they are all done place in the freezer for a couple of hours. You can then eat them straight away of store them in plastic freezer bags until needed.
They will keep for a few weeks in the freezer no problem.