Frozen Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Banana Bites

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Frozen chocolate covered peanut butter banana bites- now that’s a mouthful (but a good one!).  Last year, I started making frozen chocolate covered bananas for my family as a quick and healthy summer treat. When I went to make them again this year the light bulb went off-  I absolutely love bananas and peanut butter- as a quick snack or in a smoothie. So why not add peanut butter to this this frozen treat. It took a couple of tries to get the easiest method down but I will never make these treats without the peanut butter again- it was a winner!

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I found the best way was to freeze the bananas with the peanut butter in them before dipping in chocolate. It made it so much easier to dip and the peanut butter didn’t mess up the chocolate this way. I also added the lollipop sticks to the bananas before freezing and this really made the whole chocolate dipping process a breeze. You can find these sticks wherever they sell Wilton baking supplies- a craft store like JoAnne’s or Micheal’s or Walmart.  If you can’t find them or don’t want to buy them just dip them by laying the bananas on a fork and dipping them. You can also make the chocolate a couple of different ways. You can use the double boiler method and melt the chocolate with only a tablespoon of palm shortening (the better shortening) or you can melt the chocolate right in the pan with a larger amount of coconut oil. This second method makes a topping something like magic shell that hardens right away on something cold (something to do with the fat content in the coconut oil I think). The chocolate hardens pretty quick in the first method too and I think it has a stronger chocolate flavor. So it’s your choice!

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 **Please note banana sizes vary so the amount of chocolate is an estimate. You can always make a little extra if needed or store any extra for an ice cream topping or dip. 🙂

 

Frozen Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Banana Bites
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Ingredients
  1. 3 or 4 medium bananas
  2. Peanut Butter
For the chocolate coating using the "magic shell" chocolate
  1. 1 and 1/2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips
  2. 1/4 cup of Coconut Oil
OR
For the chocolate coating using the double boiler
  1. 1 and 1/2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips
  2. 1 Tbsp of palm shortening
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Slice each banana into 1/4 inch slices, discarding the ends. Spread desired amount of peanut butter on half of the slices (I use 1/2 to 1 tsp each). Place them on the lined baking sheet. Top with remaining banana slices to form banana sandwiches.
  3. Insert a lollipop stick into the top banana slice while supporting the banana with your other hand- you don't want to press down hard and squeeze out the peanut butter.
  4. Place in the freezer until firm about 1 to 2 hours.
For the "magic shell" chocolate
  1. Melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil over medium low heat in a small saucepan (or in microwave) until smooth and combined. Pour into container for dipping- a small narrow container is easier- I use a small pint sized canning jar and it's perfect. Let cool to room temp or slightly warm before dipping bananas.
OR
To make chocolate coating with double boiler
  1. In a double boiler or in a bowl set over a pan with about an inch of simmering water (the bottom of the bowl shouldn't touch the water) melt the chocolate and shortening until smooth and combined, stirring frequently. If desired transfer to a smaller container for dipping- It is easier to dip the bananas if it is in a narrow container like a small canning jar or glass.
To Dip Bananas
  1. Once bananas are frozen, hold on to the lollipop stick and dip into the chocolate shell coating, allowing excess to drip off. Place back on parchment paper and allow to harden.
  2. Eat right away or place in the freezer in a freezer bag or container to enjoy later. These keep for several weeks or longer in the freezer.
Notes
  1. **any leftover chocolate shell can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator and rewarmed briefly- also a great ice cream topping (similar to magic shell)
  2. **if you don't have lollipop sticks, freeze the bananas as directed then dip in chocolate by resting the banana sandwich on a fork and dipping in the chocolate or use toothpicks to dip them- Do not use toothpicks to serve to small children.
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9 Responses to Frozen Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Banana Bites

  1. Yum!! It sounds so delicious!! I love the banana and peanut butter combo. Well, who wouldn’t, right? 🙂 It’s interesting to use coconut oil to create the chocolate shell. I can’t wait to try making these!

    • Thank you. I love the magic shell too and love to sneak in coconut oil where I can. You can even add more coconut oil if you want to get the texture you want.

  2. Ha! I have a photo on my blog from last summer with one of my kids holding a chocolate covered frozen banana – and her face is covered in chocolate! How did your guy come out respectably clean? (: Now I HAVE to make your version with peanut butter!

    • I managed to snap the picture before he starting eating- it probably would have been just as cute chocolate covered. And I just love the combination of banana, peanut butter and chocolate!

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