This post is chock full of tasty good­ness (a quick but sat­is­fy­ing recipe and a new video!) so let’s just jump right in.

First off, here’s the video. It’s the first in a two part series on cake bak­ing and dec­o­rat­ing. If you’re intim­i­dated by bak­ing a cake or just want to hear me blab­ber about how awe­some and easy it is to make a cake (plus see some of my kitchen toys), take a look! In this episode we dis­cuss the tools of the trade. This video is also up on iTunes, if you sub­scribe to nom! nom! nom!

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No doubt, the win­ter months in the PacNW can get old. In my home­land (the Mid­west) you antic­i­pate the break between driz­zly fall and rainy spring with the snow and ice-covered months of win­ter. It breaks it up a bit. While it doesn’t get near as cold here, we get no break. Months on end of rain and grey skies can start to wear on you, so when spring truly arrives Ore­go­ni­ans (and Wash­ing­to­ni­ans, too) greet it with enthu­si­asm like a dog to a bone… or like a bored cat to the pile of papers you’re intently reading.

Yes­ter­day was glo­ri­ous. Sun was shin­ing, the trees were greener than I ever remem­ber them being. Flow­ers were bloom­ing every which way and wild life could be seen at ever turn. I walked some of the amaz­ing paths that line the Willamette River and basked in the glory of spring. It was so warm I broke a sweat. This is it, peo­ple. Spring has sprung in Oregon!

In many other parts of the coun­try, where you’ve been expe­ri­enc­ing heat and humid­ity for awhile now, this is no big deal. Here, though, it’s cause for cel­e­bra­tion. A cel­e­bra­tion of the nom­tas­tic, warm-weather indul­gent kind.



PB ‘Nana Cream Bites

I hes­i­tate to even call this a recipe, as it’s so basic it’s really more of a guide­line. These cold morsels of nom­ness con­tain the tri­fecta of fla­vor– banana, peanut but­ter and choco­late, mak­ing for a lux­u­ri­ous ice cream-esque bite. You can always sub­sti­tute a dif­fer­ent nut butter.

2 large bananas
1/4 cup nat­ural peanut but­ter
1/2 cup choco­late chips
2 tbsp-1/4 cup milk of choice

Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper or parch­ment. Slice bananas into coins about 1/2–3/4 inch thick. Spread a lit­tle dol­lop of peanut but­ter on top of each one. In a small bowl, com­bine the choco­late chips and milk (remem­ber, less is more). Microwave in 15 sec­ond incre­ments until you can whisk them together. You want it to be a dipable con­sis­tency, not spread­able. Add a splash more milk if nec­es­sary. Dip the banana chunks using a fork as a lit­tle chocolate-coating fork­lift, dip­ping them into the melted choco­late. Place choco­late coated bananas on the pre­pared sheet and place in freezer until com­pletely frozen (3–5 hours). Remove frozen banana chunks from the sheet and store in a freezer container.

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95 Responses to a taste of summer and a new video!

  1. Liz Dean says:

    I now know what I am doing with the 2 bananas I have left at home this afternoon.…Holy Yum. For­get banana bread!! lol :)

  2. Amanda N says:

    Thanks for this video! Love it! I’m going to chuck all my Teflon pans (I didn’t know!) and get alu­minum ones asap!

  3. […] these sin­fully deli­cious look­ing choco­late cov­ered, pnut but­ter smeared […]

  4. elizabeth says:

    How long can you freeze these?

  5. Phyllis R. says:

    I am def­i­nitely going to try these. So easy and looks so good.

  6. Rhonda says:

    This looks soo yummy ! I can’t wait to make them!!!!

  7. Rhonda says:

    This look so good!!!! I can’t wait to make them choco­late & banana’s my to favorite things !

  8. […] Chocolate/Peanut But­ter Cov­ered Bananas (dessert) – This com­bi­na­tion is FANTASTIC! And I love bite sized desserts espe­cially if there are dessert options…leaves room to sam­ple everything! […]

  9. Astrid says:

    Do these serve well at room temp, or would they melt? Won­der­ing about putting them in kids’ lunches..

  10. Kristin says:

    What hap­pens if you put them in the fridge, not the freezer?

    • Kris says:

      The choco­late will firm up, but they won’t be as creamy in the mid­dle. Also, they keep for quite awhile in the freezer, where in the fridge, with the fresh banana, I’d say you’d be lucky if you got a week out of them.

  11. Mary says:

    Can you use soy or almond milk?

  12. Love this idea! So easy but def­i­nitely deli­cious! Going to try this out soon!

  13. Tiffany says:

    I made these recently and they taste so good but here is the issue that I had. They are so cold when you bite into them from being in the freezer, but yet you can’t leave them out for very long because they get so mushy and messy. Any tips?

    • Kris says:

      Tiffany–

      I’m not sure what to advise. I typ­i­cally kind of suck on them to warm them up while chow­ing down.

      • Tiffany says:

        Well thanks any­way. I thought I could pos­si­bly slice the bananas thin­ner or use a fon­dant or something.

        • Jessie says:

          I made these last night. i made them with the intent to use them right away for a party treat. so i put one batch in the fridge and one in the freezer. the ones in the freezer didn’t set any faster. and they were very cold. i have sen­si­tive teeth. couldn’t eat them. the ones in the fridge i ate alot! i kept them in the fridge and took a tooth­pick to grab one here and there. loved them! gotta say thou that the choco­late didn’t get very thick. might have needed a sec­ond coat­ing after set­ting to get the thick­ness shown here. other than that very tasty. but very messy to make!

        • Jeannette says:

          What about choco­late almond bark..then you would just have to refrig­er­ate them and maybe not be so cold.

    • JML says:

      mine was watery :( any advice?

      • Kris says:

        When choco­late has a lower cocoa but­ter con­tent, it gets meltier. If the choco­late gets too liq­uidy, in the moment I rec­om­mend adding more choco­late to bal­ance out the milk. You can also just let it cool down a lit­tle before pro­ceed­ing– the choco­late will start to firm up.

  14. Sharon says:

    Try using choco­late bark coating.

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  16. Nicole says:

    You can put paraf­fin wax in the choco­late to make it firmer. They will then last in lunch­boxes from freezer.

  17. Ruth says:

    I want to make these for a party, but I don’t think they can right? They have to be eaten cold or frozen? I don’t have any way of keep­ing them frozen at the party.

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  20. Aimee says:

    I have a dia­betic in my house-i think i’m going to try this using sugar free choco­late chips and see how it goes…

  21. amy says:

    I tried this but the choco­late kept run­ning off the banana’s. It was way too thin. gonna let it freeze then try another layer of choco­late so it looks bet­ter. I’ve even put some corn­starch in to make it thicker. :(

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  23. Kristin S. says:

    So you don’t have to freeze the bananas BEFORE you dip?! wouldn’t that make it eas­ier?! I want to make these today for the kids after school snack and if I don’t have to freeze first then I am going for it!! LOL

  24. annieg says:

    your video is hilarious–you’re so fun to watch and I just couldn’t stop gig­gling at your ‘greas­ing the pan’ expla­na­tion when dis­cussing sil­i­cone pans. Very enter­tain­ing AND educational!!

  25. Jackie says:

    Just made these with almond milk and dark choco­late chips, and if they come out half as good as they tasted while mak­ing them, I’m excited!!! Thanks!

  26. Catia says:

    hi Kris!
    This desert seems sooo deli­cious but, i want to ask you if i can sub­sti­tute peanut but­ter, and what do you sug­gest in his place.

    Thanks and congrats. :)

  27. […] cream, and bananas. And, oh wait, what’s that in there? Is that peanut but­ter? Oh bejeesus, some­one went and made my favorite snack even more awe­some. I saw these gor­geous banana bites on Pin­ter­est, and my heart imme­di­ately started rac­ing a little […]

  28. […] Thomas’ post work­out smoothie, and I had half of a banana left over. I knew I had to make these  frozen peanut but­ter banana bites right away or I would quite pos­si­bly die. I saw them months ago on Pin­ter­est, and they were so worth […]

  29. Daniel says:

    I’m just won­der­ing how this would work if you melted the Peanut But­ter and Choco­late together, rather than spread­ing the PB on the bananas? When mak­ing Muddy Bud­dies, you melt them together, and the con­sis­tency is decent…any thoughts?

    • Kris says:

      I think it would the­o­ret­i­cally work, but the PB would com­pro­mise the cocoa butter’s hard­en­ing prop­er­ties and they would remain tacky even after freezing.

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  31. Thought I’d let you know I ref­er­enced your recipe on my blog! I found this on Pin­ter­est and YUM!!! Thanks!!

  32. I am SO mak­ing these banana bites!!! Thanks for shar­ing the idea; just talk­ing ear­lier today about doing this but hadn’t thought to add peanut but­ter. That’ll make them even yummier!

  33. Taylor says:

    Could you do these with­out the chocolate?

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  37. Deborah Tanner says:

    Oh, these are SO YUMMY!! I found these on Pin­ter­est and made then yes­ter­day. In regards to how long they can stay in the freezer..they will NEVER last 2 months — between myself and my tod­dler, they won’t even last two days :) We will have to have more self con­trol with the next batch…which will be soon!

  38. […] I saw this recipe on Pin­ter­est and thought, I must have these imme­di­ately!  I had all the ingre­di­ents, and got so […]

  39. Caitlin says:

    I made these last week! So fast and easy. For a “health­ier” ver­sion I sub­si­tuted almond but­ter for the peanut but­ter and used dark all nat­ural choco­late. I sliced the banana to be about a half inch thick which helped with the cold-to-the-teeth prob­lem men­tioned above. They turned out won­der­ful my lit­tle sis­ter has the biggest sweet tooth and she couldn’t stop eat­ing them! They were a hit.

  40. Sonia says:

    Yummy.… mine did not turn out quite and neat look­ing as yours… I’m still work­ing on per­fect­ing my ‘culi­nary’ skills.… but — instead of using choco­late chips — I used left over chocolat-candy coat­ing I used for my cake pops for easter — so I used dif­fer­ent colours.… very cool. Did I men­tion YUMMY!?

  41. tahoegrandma says:

    Would this work with carob?

    • Kris says:

      I’m hon­estly not sure… I don’t know if the fat solids in carob would reharden appro­pri­ately. Worst case sce­nario, the carob would be soft rather than hard.

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  45. Janet says:

    great treat!…I added nuts on top

  46. Courtney says:

    These look great! I want to make them for a party I am hav­ing, but it will be out­side and it is 90 out…do you think they will work?
    Also, I was won­der­ing about using apples for the banana and maybe sub­bing in white choco­late for the chocolate–what do you think?
    They seem like they would be very cold to bite into. Do you think I could warm them up in the microwave first?

    Thanks!

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  48. Allison says:

    This is pure genius!

  49. ZoAmber says:

    Made these and they are fan­tas­tic!! Only change I made was 1/2 bag of semi-sweet choc chips and 3 TBSP but­ter and 1 TBSP of water. This made a great heavy coat of smooth choco­late coating.

  50. Kathleen says:

    Look­ing for­ward to try­ing these can eat any store bought treats due to food aller­gies. This will be fun to try thanks for shar­ing this

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  52. Ani says:

    Yum yum! I used nutella (!!!) and dipped them then topped them with coconut and chopped pecans. To. Die. For!!

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  55. Cathy says:

    I’ve never mixed milk and choco­late chips before. Should the milk be room tem­per­a­ture prior to mix­ing? Will it cur­dle in the warm chocolate?

    • Kris says:

      The milk and choco­late get heated together, so the milk can be any temp to start. You are heat­ing enough to make the cocoa but­ter melt, which is still much cooler than boil­ing, so the milk will be fine.

  56. Heather Boyd says:

    I just tried this with almond milk and Enjoy Life choco­late chunks. They look gor­geous. Prob­a­bly could have added a wee bit more milk (ran out of choco­late). I also started with frozen bananas. It was all we had, and they slice eas­ily enough. How­ever, it left me feel­ing pretty rushed because I didn’t want them to thaw out first!

    Court­ney: apples and other juicy fruit don’t freeze well –they get soggy/mushy. This is OK if you’re blend­ing them in a freezer, but not when you want a finger-food. Bananas are mushy any­way, so they are fine. When you buy frozen fruit in the gro­cery store it is ‘flash frozen’ quickly to pre­vent dam­age. I agree they seem a lit­tle cold to bite into: I am going to try let­ting room tem­per­a­ture warm them up a bit, oth­er­wise the choco­late may melt.

  57. Julie says:

    I made these 2 nights ago. I used a lot more peanut but­ter and I used candy choco­late instead of choco­late chips. Mine didn’t come out as pretty as yours did but they were a HIT. I ate half the tray myself lol. I will be mak­ing these again and again. Thanks :)

  58. Peggy says:

    I won­der how this would work with the ice cream “shell” choco­late? Has any­one tried it?

  59. Sue says:

    Oh my gosh you guys are mak­ing this 3 ingre­di­ent “recipe” so dif­fi­cult for your­selves! Just fol­low the recipe as she wrote it, heed the warn­ings, and you have a won­der­ful FROZEN treat. It’s that easy!

  60. Vicki says:

    Krss I took one banana and dipped it into nutella wih almond milk and then I took the other banana and dipped it into choco­late chips and white choco­late­carmel cof­fee cream will let you know how it turned out . Thank you for the sug­gested idea

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