Summer may be starting to wind down, but it's still plenty warm outside. And on hot days, I crave something cold and light. Normally I would grab a bowl and scoop some chocolate espresso fudge ice cream into it, but I'm trying to eat healthier these days. So big bowls of ice cream may be off the list for now, but that doesn't mean I still can't enjoy a frozen snack.
Frozen yogurt is a solid option, but sometimes it just makes me grumpy because I miss the "real" thing. So I needed to find an alternative that didn't seem like I was giving anything up. It should feel "indulgent" without really being overly crazy in the calories department. It took some time, but I found a great solution: frozen chocolate banana bites.
These little buggers are so yummy, super easy to make and kind to your pocketbook. They would make a great after school snack for kids or a satisfying dessert or light treat. To me, what I love is that I can eat a couple banana bites and satisfy that desire for something sweet and cold without needing to loosen my belt afterwards. That's a real win in my mind!
Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites
These bites only take a few minutes to make and are kid friendly. Your family will gobble them up.
- 2 large bananas
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 heaping Tablespoons, creamy peanut butter
- Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Cut bananas into thick slices and set aside.
- In a small microwaveable bowl, combine chocolate chips and peanut butter. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir until smooth.
- Dip banana slices in chocolate mixture (I left the top chocolate-less, but you could fully immerse the banana slice too) and scoop out with a fork, letting the excess chocolate drip back into the bowl. Place on parchment paper.
- Place in freezer and let set for at least one hour before serving. Store remaining bites in freezer in an airtight container.
- OPTIONAL: If you wanted to dress these up and have the calories to spare, you could roll the banana bites in crushed peanuts, OREOS, shredded coconut or sprinkles before freezing.
Tanya is a freelance writer and web designer. She blogs at Eat Laugh Purr where she enjoys simple pleasures every day. Her life is ruled by a ginger tabby named Max who also meows about his awesomeness on their blog.