>> Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Planning to try this recipe? Be sure to check out the new Banana Bites FAQs post answering some of the most frequently asked questions for the best results and fun variations!
I'm the kind of person who cannot go through even one day without consuming at least two servings of chocolate. OK. Maybe I've survived before with just one (possibly zero if my peanut butter intake was high enough that day). The point is, I'm addicted to desserts. And in my efforts to eat more healthfully, I've been baking less and coming up with more creative ways to get my fix.
Last night, as per usual, I was craving my daily dose . . . with no treats to munch on. I hate chowing on chocolate chips because I eat too many (and plain chocolate isn't satisfying to me). Then I remembered the coconut-cookie dough ice cream we had in the freezer. I went to get some only to realize Stephen had eaten it all . . . apparently last week!
Truth time: It was like 9:30 PM, when I usually start turning in. It wasn't exactly the best time to break out my mixer and craft some vegan cookie masterpiece. So, to avoid this problem in the future, I made up this quick and easy frozen dessert that could most definitely be sold at George Michael's banana stand this summer (any Arrested Development fans out there?).
FROZEN BANANA BITES
What you'll need . . .
- 2 large bananas
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
- Unsweetened coconut flakes
Method . . .
- Set out a large plate or bowl with a piece of parchment or wax paper on it.
- Cut up the bananas into good-sized chunks. Each banana should give you around 5 to 6 pieces.
- Heat the peanut butter and chocolate chips in the microwave on high for about a minute. Then stir until smooth.
- Dip the banana pieces in the chocolate-peanut butter mixture. Lay them out leaving some space between them on the parchment/wax paper. Then when you've "covered" them all, use the remaining mixture to spoon over the tops (for even more chocolate-y goodness).
- Then sprinkle the unsweetened coconut flakes on top. Transfer to the freezer for about an hour until hardened.
- You can enjoy them like this (but they really aren't frozen yet -- and when they're frozen, the banana tastes like vanilla ice cream) . . . I suggest then covering with some plastic wrap (or really you can do all of this in some kind of Rubbermaid container) and let freeze overnight.
Again: Be sure to check out the new Banana Bites FAQs post answering some of the most frequently asked questions for the best results!
Want another way to enjoy frozen bananas, chocolate, and peanut butter?
Try the Ultimate Vegan Ice Cream! We got the idea for banana ice cream from The Kitchn and went with it. This tasty recipe utilizes all the same ingredients, but in a different way. And, as mentioned above, you can substitute in your favorite chocolates and nut butters or substitutes.
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