Frozen Chocolate Covered Peanut-Butter Banana Slices from Pinterest
Last Sunday I was wasting time on Pinterest waiting for TBG to get ready for our morning walk. Pinterest is perfect for time-wasting: you can spend 5 seconds or 5 minutes or 5 hours and new stuff just keeps popping up. Finally he was ready, so I quickly re-pinned PB ‘Nana Cream Bites from nom!nom!nom!blog. Without Pinterest, I would never have found this. And with out my addiction to Banana Bites from Trader Joe’s, I would never have pinned it. And without my typically browning stash of bananas in the salad bowl (for banana bread in winter, for smoothies in summer) I probably wouldn’t have made them. But during and after our walk I was obsessed. Homemade banana bites. Too easy. With peanut-butter. Too good. So I made them: 10 minutes to slice and spread and melt and dip, then into the freezer.
Today, all gone.
So this morning I made another batch. And mixed it up a little.
I didn’t have to buy a thing, just grabbed a browning banana and a few staples from my cupboard, and 10 minutes later: rich and creamy banana slices hardening in the freezer. Perfect for this afternoon’s 93° with humidity feels like 97° afternoon snack. My twist: dulce de leche and speculoos spread.
Frozen Chocolate Covered Peanut-Butter or Dulce de Leche or Speculoos Spread Banana Slice Recipe
- slice banana into bite size pieces
- spread each piece with a smear of peanut butter, dulce de leche, or speculoos spread (speculoos spread is made from Dutch speculoos cookies: Nutella would have been great: except we’re out)
- melt 3oz chocolate in microwave 30 seconds, stir until smooth and creamy (melt 15 seconds more if needed). Use whatever melting chocolate you have on hand: I’m still using bits leftover from Christmas baking, today I used a few squares of Lindt dark chocolate and 1 square of Almond Bark.
- dip each piece into chocolate to coat
- put on silpat mat or wax paper
- freeze, then transfer to a freezer bag; store in freezer
- pop, and enjoy!
If you look at nom!nom!nom!’s photos, they’re much prettier than mine. But my lumpy slices were fast and easy and I’m sure just as good.
Bon App!Moi Tip: There was a little chocolate left in the bowl after I covered the last banana slice. So I reached in the cabinet and poured in a handful of dried cranberries, mixed well, and spooned them onto the silpat mat also. Use whatever’s on hand: raisins, nuts, cheerios, rice crispies, granola: just don’t waste the chocolate!