With the warmer weather finally upon us, my thoughts have been consumed with making cool delicious treats for my boys. Something a little special for those times when they're in need of a quick refreshing bite of yummy flavour. Ice cream and popsicles are beloved favourites, of course, but I wanted to make a snack that provided a little more substance, while still maintaining the icy sweetness they would be looking for.
I remembered seeing something fun created with frozen bananas in the last issue of Bon Appetit magazine. I pulled out my copy yesterday, and found exactly what I was looking for. Bite-sized pieces of banana, dipped in dark chocolate, coated with an assortment of fun toppings and popped in the freezer until every piece was completely frozen. When you bite into these little gems the texture of the banana is almost identical to that of a popsicle, and the sweetness of the chocolate makes the entire thing that much more special.
Your little chefs will be able to make these almost completely unsupervised. With nothing more than three or four ingredients, a few bowls and a baking sheet, assembly of these snacks is easy-peasy...and perfect for the warm weather we're expecting this weekend.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend.....
Frozen Banana Bites, adapted from Bon Appetit Magazine
2 bananas, peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup dark chocolate, chopped
1 tbsp olive or canola oil
1 tbsp milk or almond milk
assortment of toppings....skor pieces, nuts, dried fruit or coconut
~ Stir chocolate, milk and oil in a small saucepan over medium heat until melted and smooth. Set aside and allow to cool slightly.
~ PLace each of the toppings you are going to use in small bowls.
~ Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and slice bananas into 1/2 inch chunks.
~ Using a fork, dip each piece of banana into the chocolate and cover completely.
~ Dip each chocolate covered piece into one of the toppings
~ Transfer to the parchment lined baking sheet and repeat with the remaining banana pieces
~ When all of the pieces are covered into chocolate and toppings, place in the freezer for 2-3 hours until frozen solid.