Chocolate Coconut Butter Banana Bites

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Remember last summer when I made Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas?

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Covering a banana in chocolate and then snapping a picture of it proved to be a bit awkward for all parties involved. It was not my finest moment of photography.

Then I found out that Bon Appetit and Ashley from Never(home) Maker were making Chocolate Banana Bites. You know me, I love my bites and all things mini sized.

I have made…

 

Clearly, these chocolate covered banana bites were calling my name!

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I ended up putting a fun twist on them and the result was an incredibly tasty treat when you want just a little bite of something to satisfy that sweet tooth. I just LOVE these things and I am so happy that I have a bunch stored in my fridge whenever I want a mini treat.

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The first thing you do is make your coconut butter. Alternatively, you can use 1 cup of store-bought coconut butter.

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Keep in mind that not all food processors can make coconut butter! I have heard from many of you that tried making it and it never turned into butter, even after 30 minutes of processing. For best results you really need a high-speed processor (or blender) for it to work.

After 8 minutes of processing, I had drippy coconut butter.

Now add in kosher salt, sifted icing sugar, and your desired extract. I used peppermint and it was lovely.

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Process it all together and it will thicken up slightly.

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Now melt your chocolate and oil in the microwave and then process the melted chocolate and coconut butter mixture together.

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Pour into a bowl.

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Peel and slice your bananas into 1 inch pieces.

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Using a fork, dip the bananas into the bowl of chocolate coconut butter. Gently tap off excess on the side of the bowl.

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For the first trial that I made, I placed them onto a Silpat baking mat. This worked out great, except it created a ring of chocolate around the bites (which is no big deal), but I wanted to try using a cooling rack to see if that helped.

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With a cooling rack, the excess was able to drip off, but honestly I prefer the first method because the cooling rack just made more steps and was messier in the end!!

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You can stick ‘em if you like before freezing!

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Freeze for 10-15 minutes until set.

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I found they were perfect after 15 minutes of freezing…the result is a solid exterior with a soft (but cold) pillowy banana interior. Yes pillowy. Mmm. I preferred them this way as opposed to completely frozen, but perhaps during the hot summer I will change my mind…

My little banana pops!

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I had almost 1 cup of Chocolate Coconut Butter leftover so I put it in a jar and will store at room temperature. This will be great warmed up and poured over oatmeal or VOO!

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I used 3 bananas and made 18 bites. I’m storing them in the fridge in a container. They will also stay solid at room temperature too (thanks to the coconut butter which hardens up nicely!).

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Mmm pillowy banana middles.

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A delicious snack that is perfect for bite-sized indulgences whenever the craving strikes!

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I also want to let you know about this BAKE SALE that is going on TODAY over at Sweet Tater Blog! I am auctioning off my Chocolate Crunch Dessert Granola or my Favourite Breakfast Granola to the highest bidder! Click the image below to be taken to the auction where you will find tons of delicious baked goods up for bidding!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 3, 2011

I’m throwing a bridal shower in a few weeks and these would be perfect to have out! There is something about eating food on a stick that makes it taste even better. :)

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Megan (Braise The Roof) March 3, 2011

Those are adorable and look absolutely delicious! I have a new Cuisinart food processor- I wonder if it’s high power enough to make the coconut butter. What kind do you have?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 3, 2011

Cuisinart is generally pretty safe I think…I have a 12 cup Kitchenaid.

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Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen March 3, 2011

Ohh my god – these look amazing!! Love that there’s leftover coconut/chocolate butter

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Rachel @ The Avid Appetite March 3, 2011

These look purely fantastic! I love the cute little pops. Adorable!

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Katie March 3, 2011

My mom and grandma used to make these for me ALL the time growing up!! They were my favorite dessert!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 3, 2011

1 cup of Chocolate Coconut Butter leftover = that would not have been difficult to use in my house :)

I love the looks of these. And I love anything mini too! I just posted yesterday about my love of mini things! All things except a mini bank account.

And the new favicon in the URL field on my browser…nice. Only a blogger who has recently gone thru having a favicon made would notice. Or even know that word :)

Bake sale. I had no idea or I would have contributed something! Your contribution looks awesome.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 3, 2011

omg you dont know how long that favicon took me…I must have tried 30!!!! It is the most frustrating thing I have ever done. haha
I love your favicon by the way!

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Wei-Wei March 3, 2011

I love it too! I love these little details that make a blog so special. (It looks like the command key on a mac?)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 3, 2011

hah oh noes!!!! (Just googled it and laughed)

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bitt of raw March 3, 2011

I noticed but I had no idea what it was called. It’s cute!

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Michelle March 3, 2011

I think what I love the most is that they are so easy to make- and that means I will have my kids make them!!! Yum!

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Lana March 3, 2011

Chocolate covered banana’s!!! What a simple treat!! I’m a single gal, so sometimes it is hard to justify making a whole batch of cookies or a cake, but this is perfect!

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Sarah S. March 3, 2011

These are so awesome! I never really liked the idea of whole frozen dipped bananas, but these are perfect.

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Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food March 3, 2011

These are toooo cute!!! :-)

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Michelle | gold-hearted girl March 3, 2011

I love the little banana pops – they’re so cute!

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Amber K March 3, 2011

While I am not a fan of coconut, I definitely think adding it to the top makes them look less like little poo balls ;)

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amber March 3, 2011

i cannot wait to try these!

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KT80 March 3, 2011

Oh, I think it’s yummy banana treat day! Another blog I read, http://www.healthytippingpoint.com, talked about a grilled banana sandwich! I think I might have to try these out this weekend, and I will definitely opt for sticks. The more things I have around that are portioned out and smaller, the better!

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Ari @ ThE DiVa DiSh March 3, 2011

I love the twist! Anything with coconut I’m sold! I have always wanted to make my own coco butter :) this is def a good excuse!

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Lena March 3, 2011

They are adorable. I’ll just wait for slightly warmer days before trying these.

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Lauren March 3, 2011

Those are absolutely adorable and look delish! I am making them tonight :) You rock!

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shaina March 3, 2011

I actually did this last week and instead of chocolate used chocolate almond butter! Delicious

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Lauren March 3, 2011

What kind of food processor do you have? Mine is a baby and doesnt have the guys to make coconut butter but I am dying to!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 3, 2011

Kitchenaid 12 cup :)

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Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker March 3, 2011

Yum! Looks great, Angela! I haven’t made these in a while . . . but I may just need to. <3

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Annette @ EnjoyYOURHealthyLife March 3, 2011

What a cool idea :)

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Angela (the diet book junkie) March 3, 2011

oh Ang, you had me at chocolate. :)

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Jessi @ Quirky Cookery March 3, 2011

I love, love, love chocolate and bananas, so these are just making me drool. I really like the banana pops, hehe.

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Lee March 3, 2011

I heart everything about this post. nanners + chocolate.

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Sarah March 3, 2011

A tip to those who think they can’t make their own coconut butter (I thought the same, and nearly killed my processor’s motor trying)…you must use at least 3 cups of shredded coconut, and it must be fresh. Ashley at Edible Perspective mentioned this the other day so I tried again – SUCCESS!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 3, 2011

That is interesting! Thanks for the tip!

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Jillian @ Reshape Your Life March 3, 2011

I need to have these banana bites in my life. I have such a craving for something sweet too… Guess I’m off to the store to get some chocolate chips!

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Gen March 3, 2011

Could you mail these to Brazil??? =P Great recipe!!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 3, 2011

No, but I will gladly COME TO BRAZIL! ;)

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Gen March 3, 2011

hahahaha come on down! =D its waaarm here!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 3, 2011

haha I bet it is!!!!

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lauren @ spiced plate March 3, 2011

You make it look so easy! You should offer a mail order service ;)

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Lauren March 3, 2011

Something I’ve been wondering for a while…what’s the difference between coconut oil and coconut butter?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 3, 2011

Hey Lauren I just answered that Q in the comments above…check it out :)

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Lauren March 3, 2011

DUH!…thanks! Just made these tonight and they are sooooo good :)

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Lindsay M March 3, 2011

I love you! Thank you for this recipe! My kids and I will have a happier and healthier Summer treats because of you! :) What a fun kid activity too!

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Gina March 3, 2011

Sounds amazing! I’ve yet to try coconut butter. That’s next on my to-do list :)

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Ellie@fitforthesoul March 3, 2011

It’s amazing how much you’ve improved in your photos and presentations! That one wasn’t bad, but this new recipe with the photos is so especially pretty~ :) They look gooodddd

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 3, 2011

hehe thanks!

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Wei-Wei March 3, 2011

What else could I make coconut butter from? I have coconut oil at home but not shredded coconut…

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Amanda March 3, 2011

You made me lol, yes bananas are awkward to photograph!

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elise March 3, 2011

ohhhhhh my oh my. after laughing from picturing you doing the nasty with a banana i was thinking theres no way this post could get better….and then i saw these beauties. YUM!
ps thanks for sharing my quinoa and buckwheat granola in the link love – you should definitely try it. so so yummy!

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Chelsea Trunnell March 3, 2011

Wow. I need these in my life.

So happy to have found your blog. I’m a little bit in love with it.

Chelsea

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Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) March 3, 2011

These look soooo good! Totally makes me think of summer. :D

I was watching Paula’s Best Dishes recently and one of her sons made something very similar. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/frozen-chocolate-bananas-with-coconut-recipe/index.html He was joking that he was going to retire and start a stand selling these things, lol.

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stacey-healthylife March 3, 2011

Great idea, perfect for summer.

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kaila @ healthy helper! March 3, 2011

wow these looks delicious! i love bite sized snacks as well….anything mini is so adorable and tasty!

can’t wait to try them out….i think I am going to dip them in a coating of walnuts too! I love chocolate, banana, and walnuts together! YUM!

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Hannah March 3, 2011

Okay, that’s it. I’m going to have to try making coconut butter again, even though the last time took one and a half hours, a smoking food processor, and even then it didn’t liquify…

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