Banana Bites!

Oh, I love these little guys. Not only are they DELICIOUS, and not only do they feature fruit, so you can tell yourself they are just a little bit healthy, but they are also awesome for using up those bits and pieces that accumulate in your cupboard (if you are me, anyway.) You know what I mean – the last quarter cup of shredded coconut in the bag, the end of that package of mini-chocolate chips, etc etc.

Anyway, start with a bunch of bananas. I love bananas.

And melt up your favorite kind of chocolate. Milk, dark, bittersweet, your call. You could even use white chocolate if you are a white chocolate kind of person.

Then lay out little separate dishes of whatever sweet crunchy odds and ends you have on hand. You cut up the bananas into bite size chunks, dip them in the melted chocolate and then roll them in the coatings. In my case I used coconut (which I toasted for a few minutes first…)

And chopped peanuts (sweet and salty, whoo-hoo!)

And the end of that bag of toffee bits that I was beginning to think I would have in my cupboard forever (can’t even remember what I bought them for in the first place!)…

And my personal favorite, crushed Oreo cookies. This little banana bite isn’t as handsome as the others, but man, did he taste good!

Pop them in the freezer for a few hours and that’s it. Chocolate, bananas, and you cleaned up your cupboard. What could be better??

Banana Bites!, adapted from Bon Appetit 

Banana Bites!
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Assorted toppings for coating bananas (such as crushed oreos, toffee bits, chopped Butterfinger candy bars, chopped salted peanuts, or toasted shredded coconut)
  • 3 bananas, peeled, cut into ½-inch-thick slices
  1. Stir chocolate and oil in heavy small saucepan over low heat just until smooth. Let stand 15 minutes to cool.
  2. Place each topping in separate shallow dish. Line baking sheet with foil. Arrange banana slices on foil. Using fingers, dip 1 banana slice in chocolate, coating completely. Shake off excess chocolate. Drop dipped banana in 1 topping. Using clean hand, sprinkle more topping over banana to coat; transfer to foil-lined sheet. Repeat with remaining bananas, chocolate, and toppings. Freeze until firm, about 3 hours, then serve.


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  1. a Broad says

    I don't think I could "pop them in the freezer" .. I think they would go straight into my mouth ..

    I wonder how Nutella would work in the mix?

  2. Joanne says

    These are ingenious! I never really like bananas past the first day of having them and this would be the perfect way to use them up!

  3. Kate Morgan Jackson says

    I think Nutella would be great if it hardens a little (does it?)…and I feel the exact same way about bananas. Day one, yay. Day two, banana bread!

  4. Anna-Lisa says

    All I can say is WOW. I love your photography as well. And, I really want to eat those. Right. Now. :-)

  5. Amie says

    wow – These look amazing. Its so funny how wonderful bananas are. I must eat about 1.5 a day on average, but always the same way (in oatmeal, or by themselves). I need to broaden my banana horizons!

  6. a Broad says

    One day when there was no dessert or sweet in the house, I took a slice of banana and smeared some Nutella on it.
    So I have an idea of how this would taste if I did it the Right way :)

    Nutella might not harden .. it is more like peanut butter, just stays gooey.
    Which is OK with me .. banana, chocolate, nuts.. I am fine with that ..

  7. Kate says

    Yummy! These are great little bites! I just happen to have lots of little bags of "stuff" that will be used and enjoyed!

  8. Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen says

    Holy moly! The only thing better than a banana would be a banana covered in chocolate! I love this idea.

  9. iheartkiwi says

    i actually have a bag of chocolate and a bunch of bananas in my pantry! guess what i'm making for dessert tonight!

    i think it's fate.

  10. Lindsay Jewell says

    Those look so good and simple. It's recipes like this that make me think 'duh, why didn't I think of that before?'

    Thanks for sharing. :)

  11. Hazydaisy says

    I'm going to make them tonight! Your luscious photos have inspired me and I know they are going to taste as good as they look :)

  12. Emily says

    Came upon your blog through COJ! I love love love it! Thos banana bites look to die for!!!! And the pics are just gorgeous. x London Zest

  13. sherilyn says

    just discovered your blog!!! It is great! I am an avid cook myself and get so excited when I discover blogs like yours. Looking forward to making these for my boys.

  14. Kate Morgan Jackson says

    Hey, thanks everybody! Now that it is one million degrees outside in New York, I think I have to freeze up some more of these. Happy summer…I think? :)

  15. PoetessWug says

    Oh my!!! Bananas, chocolate, AND nuts?!!! And so easy to make too! I see some banana bites in my future…my IMMEDIATE future! I'm gonna try toasted almonds, pretzel bits, and broken up kit kats…why not! :-))

  16. Anonymous says

    a previous poster asked about how nutella would work in the mix. I have a little snack that I like to make with nutella and bananas and ritz crackers. Slice bananas about 1/2 inch thick, spread nutella on several ritz crackers and top with a slice of banana! These make awesome little "banana bites" as well!!! :)

  17. chelsea lee aka spicklebee says

    Just discovered via a repost of this and I think I'm in love with this dessert! The perfect thing to make for my summer bbq this Sunday. Thank you!!

  18. red ticking says

    FABULOUS… it is midnight and all i want is one of these… thank you for the recipe!!!! love your blog… xx pam

  19. Cooklyn Veg says

    Just made a batch of these – they are soooo good! will be enjoying them with the AC on and Arrested Development re-runs on the TV (these are surely Bluth-worthy frozen bananas?!)

  20. Anonymous says

    Ooooh! If i'm allergic to chocolate (I know, it sucks) what could i use an as alternative? I find golden syrup a bit too sweet and sickly….


    Jane A.

  21. FramedCooks says

    Allergic to chocolate, yikes! DEFINITELY check with your doctor because I wouldn't want to give you any advice without you being sure it was safe, but I have heard that carob, which you can get in health food stores, is a good chocolate alternate. You could also roll the bananas in peanut butter and the coatings and then freeze them, which would make the peanut butter less sticky.

  22. Emily J says

    I just made these and they were AMAZING. Like, how have I gone all my life without making these??!?!?! amazing!!!!! I modified the recipe to use the leftover Ghiradelli Bittersweet Chips I have in bulk, coconut oil instead of vegetable oil, 4 large ripe bananas that were a day away from going too ripe, and chopped lightly salted toasted almonds & macadamia nuts as well as unsweetened coconut flakes. I cut them into bigger pieces (1.5-2 inches) and used a toothpick to help roll them around in the chocolate mixture. The freezer is the best place for them so the banana is nice and cool. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!


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