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!

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  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 !

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  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:


      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.

    • Kris says:

      They are meant to be like an ice cream treat, so they need to stay cold.

    • Tara says:

      you could put them on a tray thats over ice maybe?

    • MsAnnP says:

      @ Ruth… To keep frozen for your party pack them in an air tight/leak proof containers then place them in an ice chest packed over with ice until you are ready to serve. (Enjoy Your instant/portable freezer)

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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. :(

    • Kris says:

      Hmm… what kind of chocolate did you use? You could always let the chocolate cool down more, it should easily thicken as it cools.

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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. :)

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  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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  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?

    • Kris says:

      You could, but you would need to keep them in a single layer. The PB would stay tacky and it would become a giant lump.

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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!

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  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?


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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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    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