Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Frozen Chocolate Banana PB Bites

Need a frozen sweet treat for these 90-degree days that'll keep you from running to the ice cream shop every night?

I whipped up a batch of these chocolate covered, peanut butter banana bites while we were on vacation in Maine. They took all of 20 minutes to make, and I brought some to the 4th of July party we went to and kept another tray in the freezer to satisfy my daily vacation ice cream cravings.

I got the original idea from NomNomBlog, but decided to add toppings (or "bottoms") to the bites. I went with graham crackers, but was also toying with crushed peanuts and pretzels. Go with what you like! All you do is slice up bananas, add a dollop of PB, dunk in chocolate, dip in crushed grahams, then stick in the freezer for a few hours.

Portion controlled frozen treats that include fruit rather than ice cream! Yes!

Frozen Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Bites

4 large bananas, cut in thick slices
2/3 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup skim milk
1 bag semisweet chocolate chips
4 whole graham crackers, crushed (large crush, not a fine "sand")

Top each banana slice with a small spoonful of peanut butter. Set aside. In a bowl, add half the bag of chocolate chips and a splash of milk; microwave for 15 seconds, then stir. Repeat microwaving process until chocolate is smooth and dippable, adding more milk as needed. (NOTE: You will use all the chocolate chips, but it's important to melt them in half batches or the chocolate will harden before you have a chance to use it).

Using a fork, dunk the banana into the chocolate and use a spoon to spread the chocolate all around. Then dip the banana into the crushed graham crackers.

Place banana bites on wax paper and set in the freezer to cool for 2-3 hours.