I don’t think that it’s any secret that I love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. I love it even better with bananas. But I love it best in easy, no bake, semi-healthy form like these frozen chocolate peanut butter banana bites. This is one of my favorite anytime-and-all-the-time sweet snacks.
There are only 4 ingredients involved here: bananas, chocolate chips, creamy peanut butter and a garnish of salt, which brings out the chocolate flavor and balances the sweetness from the bananas and chocolate. So, if you’re in it for an easy recipe, these are for you.
Almost as important is what these don’t contain: butter, added sugar, or flour. They are obviously gluten free, and can be adapted to be vegan or dairy free (just use the appropriate chocolate). And I’m not 100% sure what paleo is, but I think they qualify for that too. So if you’re looking for something that is healthy, relatively low fat, allergen-free, and grain free, these are for you.
Finally, they could not be faster to make: slice the bananas, melt the chocolate with the peanut butter, and dunk the bananas in it. Then freeze and you’re ready to go. So, if you want a treat that is fast, and doesn’t require you to turn on the oven (which is a huge sacrifice if you are living pretty much anywhere other than Chicago right now), these are for you.
I try to have a little batch of these in my freezer at all times. They are sweet and refreshing, and they’re much lighter than a cookie, especially in the middle of summer. They are stored in the freezer, and they are meant to be eaten cold, so make a batch for no particular reason, and just eat them whenever you have a chocolate peanut butter craving. If you like sweet, healthy little bites as much as I do, then these are for you. Really, these are for everyone.
- 2 large bananas cut into approximately 2-inch pieces
- 3/4 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter or nut or seed butter of choice
- Coarse salt for sprinkling
Spread a sheet of wax paper over a cookie sheet, large plate or cutting board that will fit in the freezer.
In a microwave-safe cereal bowl, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter together in four 30-second intervals, stirring in between. After a minute, stir until completely smooth. The residual heat should take care of melting whatever didn't melt in the microwave.
Spear a banana slide in the center with something thin, like a toothpick or skewer. Dip in the chocolate and coat completely. Tap firmly several times on the side of the bowl to remove excess chocolate then drop on the wax paper. Sprinkle with a pinch of coarse salt. Repeat with the rest of the banana bites and leave them on the wax paper to dry slightly before transferring the entire plate/cookie sheet/cutting board to the freezer.
Allow the bites to solidify in the freezer for at least an hour before eating or transferring to an airtight container for storage.
Makes about 16-20 bites, depending on the width you cut them to. Store in the freezer in an airtight container until immediately before you are ready to eat them.