Note from Mommypotamus: Today’s guest post comes from my friend Katie, whom I’ve invited to be a regular contributor this summer. Thank you, Katie!
You know those “ice cream” bites you can get at the supermarket?
The chocolate covered miniature ones? What if I were to tell you that you can emulate those little ice cream bites with bananas…oh yes! And they won’t have a ton of nasty additives or “mystery” ingredients in them, plus they are dairy-free.
These frozen treats will satisfy any sweet tooth, whether you be a kid or a kid-at-heart! See the recipe below for a ton of ways to make these treats unique and all your own.
Chocolate Almond Butter Banana Bites
- 5 organic bananas, sliced
- 1 cup organic, dairy-free, soy-free chocolate chips (where to buy chocolate chips)
- optional fillings/toppings to include but not limited to:
- soaked and sprouted nuts – organic, soaked nut/seed butter (where to buy)
- organic dried, unsweetened coconut flakes (where to buy)
1. Take bananas and slice them evenly. Set aside.
2. Using a double boiler, add your chocolate chips. Bring the water to a simmer and stir the chocolate frequently until almost all the chips are melted. Remove from heat and stir until all the chocolate chips are completely melted.
Tip: Don’t have a double boiler? No problem! Make your own at home using a pot and glass bowl (which is essentially what I do). The glass bowl should only fit part way into the pot creating space between the bottom of the pot and the glass bowl. Put water in the bottom of your pot and then place your bowl into the pot. Make sure that the water does not touch the bowl, this will not melt the chocolate properly and could scald it. Bring the water to a gentle simmer, and add your chocolate to the glass bowl – following the same steps as above until all the chocolate is melted.
3. Use two slices of bananas, and spread a thin layer of almond butter (or your favorite nut butter or seed butter) between the slices. Dip the mini banana-nut butter sandwich into the chocolate and use a spoon to scoop chocolate over the banana piece, making sure to coat all sides. Remove any excess chocolate with the spoon and by gently shaking the fork. Transfer the chocolate covered banana pieces to a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Chocolate Banana Bite Variation: you can certainly just stick with bananas, but if you are feeling daring – here are a few of my favorite ways to mix it up:
- Add a small bit of jam on top of a banana before dipping into chocolate for a sweet kiss.
- After the banana has been dipped, sprinkle the top with coconut flakes or top with an almond.
- Make it really simple and use just bananas
- Be creative, you can really make this your own!
4. After you have dipped your banana bites and placed them on the baking sheet, transfer to the freezer and allow to freeze for 3 to 4 hours then enjoy! Eat immediately and re-freeze any that are remaining.