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Nutella ‘n Toffee Frozen Banana Bites

There is a tree on the edge of my house that has bugged me since I moved in.  It is planted too close to the house and it goes dormant (and therefore looks dead) for half the year.  But then this spring it popped out with big beautiful leaves and I decided maybe it wasn’t so bad….that is until the pod appeared.

   

About 2 weeks ago the tree sprouted a giant purplish pod almost as big as my head.  It looked like something aliens would pop out of and I eyed it suspiciously.  After a few days the first purple petal peeled off and instead of aliens, tiny little bananas popped out!  How cool is that?!  I have a banana tree in my yard!

   

Even though my little bananas are still too green to eat, I have bananas on the brain today.  So I went in search of a suitable recipe.  It is also exceptionally hot, heat dome covering the U.S. and all that, so I wanted a recipe that didn’t involve heating up my oven.  What I found was the recipe for Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Banana Bites, frozen little bananas treats featured on The Stir.  Perfect!

After reading the recipe I decided to tweak it a little bit.  Chocolate and peanut butter sounded delicious but I wanted to get a little more creative.  I created two versions of my Frozen Banana Bites.  The first one is a semi-sweet chocolate cover frozen banana bite drizzled with almond butter.  The second one is a Nutella covered frozen banana bite dipped in toffee chips.  Both are guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

These Frozen Banana Bites are very easy to make, but here are a few tips to make things go even smoother.  First put the toothpicks in before you freeze the banana slices.  After the slices are frozen and you are ready to dip in chocolate, work in batches.  Take half  of the slices out of the freezer at a time to dip in chocolate.  That way the rest of the bananas stay good and frozen until you are ready to dip them.  Finally when you are dipping the frozen bananas in the melted chocolate or melted Nutella, work quickly.  If you linger too long in the hot chocolate, the outside of the banana will melt and the chocolate won’t stick well.

So there you have it.  If you are in the mood for a chocolaty delicious frozen treat, give these Banana Bites a try.  And be sure to let me know what you think!

Nutella ‘n Toffee Frozen Banana Bites

Prep time: 15 minutes + freezing time

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)
  • 1/3 cup toffee chips

Slice bananas into 1 inch slices and stab with a toothpick.  Cover baking tray with a piece of tin foil. Place slices on a baking tray and put the tray into the freezer until slices are thoroughly frozen (at least 2 hours).

In a microwave safe bowl melt the Nutella in the microwave.  When the Nutella is fully melted, dip a frozen banana slice in Nutella and then dip into the toffee chips.

Return Nutella ‘n toffee covered banana slices to the tin foil covered tray and return to the freezer until fully frozen (at least an hour).  Enjoy!

Chocolate Dipped Frozen Banana Bites with Almond Butter Drizzle

Prep time: 15 minutes + freezing time

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 16 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (mini chips will melt faster)
  • 1/2 cup almond butter

Slice bananas into 1 inch slices and stab with a toothpick.  Cover baking tray with a piece of tin foil. Place slices on a baking tray and put the tray into the freezer until slices are thoroughly frozen (at least 2 hours).

Use a double boiler to melt chocolate chips on the stove top.  When the chocolate is fully melted, dip the frozen banana slices in chocolate.  Return chocolate covered banana slices to the tin foil covered tray and place the tray back in the freezer until the chocolate freezes (about an hour).

In a microwave safe bowl melt the almond butter in the microwave until it is a good consistency to drizzle.    Drizzle almond butter over frozen chocolate covered banana bites.  Return the bites to the freezer until you are ready to enjoy!

 Other recipes you might enjoy!

Banana Nutella Muffin

Watermelon Sorbet with Chocolate "Seeds"

Nutty Banana Smoothie

 

 

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