Mess-Free Banana Split Bites

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Boy do I love a good chocolate covered banana bite. I first made them a year or two ago and they’ve been a favourite warm-weather dessert ever since.

There’s just something about the firm layer of chocolate encasing a cold, pillow-y banana that gets me every time…

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This week, I was craving chocolate banana bites, but I wanted to try something a bit different. My first idea was to just make the chocolate banana bites in mini cupcake liners (and mess-free to boot). Of course, other ingredients popped into my mind and a “banana split” was born.

I used these mini cupcake liners to contain the mess and it worked great. No more chocolate dripping everywhere!

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Slice a couple strawberries.

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Make sure you use the sweetest strawberries you can find. Mine weren’t very sweet and they tasted quite tart in the bites. I can’t wait until local strawberries are in season around here!

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Melt the chocolate and set up a work station with coconut, finely chopped walnuts, etc:

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Add 1/2 a teaspoon of melted chocolate…

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Spread it out with the back of the spoon. Add a drizzle of drippy nut butter if you’d like.

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and sprinkle on the walnuts and coconut.

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Easy as 1, 2, 3….4.

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Place ‘em in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Clean the bowl while you wait…

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Pop it out of the liner and stuff in face. The only thing missing is some whipped coconut cream!

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Serve on a tray for a party, make with your kids, or just keep a stash hidden away in your freezer like I did. No one ever has to know about them…they can be our little secret.

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Mess Free Banana Split Bites

At just 40 calories per bite, these banana splits are a healthy snack or dessert perfect for the warmer spring and summer months.

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Yield: 20 bites

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium bananas, peeled & cut into 10 pieces each
  • 2-3 strawberries, cut in half and sliced to make 20 pieces
  • 6 tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (see tips below)
  • drippy Nut butter, to drizzle on (optional)
  • 1.5 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped walnuts

 

1. Place 20 mini cupcake liners on a small baking sheet. Slice bananas and place 1 piece into each. Do the same for the strawberries.

2. In a small pot on the stovetop or in a microwave, melt the chocolate and coconut oil on low. Remove from heat and stir well to melt the remaining chunks.

3. Make a workstation with the bites, melted chocolate, coconut, walnuts, and optional nut butter. Spoon on 1/2 teaspoon of melted chocolate onto a bite and gently spread out. Drizzle on nut butter (optional). Quickly sprinkle with coconut and walnuts. Repeat for the remaining 19 bites.

4. Freeze for a minimum of 15 minutes. If they are in the freezer for a long time and freeze solid, let them sit on the counter for about 15 minutes to soften up a bit. I put mine in a Tupperware container for storage.

Nutritional info: (per bite, makes 20, without nut butter): 40 cals, 3 grams fat (1 g sat), 5 grams carbs, 3 grams sugar, 1 gram protein.

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Tips & Tricks:

  • Yellow, just ripened bananas work best here. You don’t want to use really spotted, mushy bananas.
  • The coconut oil serves two purposes in the melted chocolate: 1) It helps thin out the chocolate, making it easier to spread, and 2) it hardens the chocolate a bit faster, making that nice chocolate shell on top. You can get away with omitting it, but you will need to melt more chocolate chips so you have enough to spread on.
  • Use the sweetest strawberries you can get your hands on for the best overall taste. Mine were quite tart and not the best in these bites.
  • Feel free to use any toppings you wish! Get creative with it. You can also double the chocolate if you want a really chocolaty bite.
  • Not surprisingly, these become SOLID when in the freezer for a long time. Leave them on the counter to soften for about 15 minutes before enjoying.
  • Don’t want to use bananas? Try a small spoonful of dairy-free ice cream into each liner instead.

 

Well, I’m off to do some major updates to the online vegan shopping guide. Thanks for all your great suggestions yesterday! I will be adding them in soon.

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh April 12, 2012

I’m making these this weekend!! I’ve got company coming and wanted a good, light dessert and this is PERFECT! Thanks!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 12, 2012

I hope you enjoy them!

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh April 13, 2012

I just made my first batch and they’re AWESOME!!

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Cat @ Breakfast to Bed April 12, 2012

those are going to BLOW UP pinterest.

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Lauren April 12, 2012

Haha, so true!

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Hannah April 12, 2012

Ah these are so darn cute! They seem like a fancier version of my childhood snack of banana slices with peanut butter and chocolate chips…hmm peanut butter would be good in this too, I bet.

Lovely photos, Angela.

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Katie @wishandwhimsy April 12, 2012

Those look amazing. Thanks for sharing!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 12, 2012

These look so good Ange! I love how they seem decadent, but really, you could eat one or two for dessert and still feel like you haven’t over-indulged. (They’re like 75% fruit after all!!) You’re a clever one! :D

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Sara Funduk April 12, 2012

These look DELICIOUS! Thanks! :)

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Yasmine April 12, 2012

Yummy!
Unfortunately, I’vn’t place in my freezer :(

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Chocolate-Covered Katie April 12, 2012

Problem solved: Store in your tummy!! ;)

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char eats greens April 12, 2012

What Katie said!! haha

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Yellow Haired Girl April 12, 2012

Great idea with the cupcake liners!! These look so pretty :)

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sophie April 12, 2012

What a beautiful-looking and healthy dessert! Thank you <3

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Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes April 12, 2012

Beautiful!! Pinning!!

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Hailey April 12, 2012

Angela, these look so delicious!! This is a great summer recipe…I can’t wait to make these!

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DessertForTwo April 12, 2012

This is such a great idea! Thanks for healthy easy dessert :)

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Cait's Plate April 12, 2012

What a cute idea, I love this! My nieces would probably DIE for these!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 12, 2012

These are so perfect! I’ve doe just the chocolate covered bananas before, but never though to make it a split.

I bet it would be great with a cherry on top too!

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Stephanie @ Legally Blinde April 12, 2012

These look so good! And I love when I already have all of the ingredients on hand for a recipe. Can’t wait to try them out soon!

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Kalee April 12, 2012

These look so pretty and good! They’d be perfect for a shower!!

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Kale Crusaders April 12, 2012

Quite a sophisticated dessert. Gorgeous and simple.

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Alexandria April 12, 2012

I will be making these for the next play group I am hosting! I am sure the kids and moms will love these equally.

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Jasper @ crunchylittlebites April 12, 2012

these are a great idea Angela. Plus they’re adorable. mad props {oldie but a goodie}…I’ll have to read your first post about them to find out from where you inspiration came..

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Ashley F. April 12, 2012

Fun idea! I’m not a huge sweets person so this would be a great light, not-to-sweet treat for after dinner!

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Carrie April 12, 2012

Say wha? This looks amazing! And so simple!

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Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 12, 2012

what a great idea!!!

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Willow April 12, 2012

I am so making these!! Sweet and bite sized and perfect! :D

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Bria April 12, 2012

Angela, you are a genious. These look amazing!

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Laura @ My Pink Thumb April 12, 2012

What a fabulous idea! These will be perfect for summer bbq parties! :)

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Coco April 12, 2012

I am salivating thinking about it!

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Casey @ Insatiably Healthy April 12, 2012

This had Pinterest written all over it. Perfect summertime treat

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Heather (Heather's Dish) April 12, 2012

i know everyone else has said it but these are DEFINITELY a perfect summer food!

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Tracy April 12, 2012

These are adorable! I love desserts using fruit, the fruit bulks up the dessert and lend to satisfying your sweet tooth sooner than say just eating the chocolate, nuts and coconut combined :)

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Moni Meals April 12, 2012

AMAZING! Easy, healthy, pretty, and Perfect! Thanks Ang.
I can’t wait to make them. :)

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Hayley. (@healthyhayley) April 12, 2012

Those are LOVELY!! I have some ladies nights coming up and I think I know what I am going to bring now!! Thanks Angela!!

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Ellie @ healthy belly ellie April 12, 2012

OH MY PURE DELICIOUSNESS!

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Ellie@Fit for the Soul April 12, 2012

Ah! Why have I never thought of using cupcake liners?! :P That’s kinda genius actually, hehe.

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Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 12, 2012

I LOVE this idea! Especially combining the strawberries and bananas! What a perfect summer treat.

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Eva @ Committed2Nutrition April 12, 2012

I am definitely going to make these for any party/gathering/holiday I have to attend next. They look amazing. Thank you!

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Laura April 12, 2012

I love these! I am going to try with caramel as well! Thanks for this one!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks April 12, 2012

I love you for this less messy alternative to dipping fruit. Trying to dip fruit into the melted choc bowl makes each piece overly coated I find and trying to pour it onto the fruit that’s laying on parchment is also not great…liners, duh. I should have thought of that! I used them for making PB cups but for making truffles or fruit or little balls, I need to use this method.

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Kristen @ notsodomesticated April 12, 2012

I will definitely be making these at some point soon … they look delicious and an awesome summer treat!! :)

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Jennifer Sikes April 12, 2012

Those are sooo flipping cute!!! I will for sure be making those very very soon, less the strawberries. I can only do banana and chocolate together as far as fruit goes and the coconut topping will be the perfect way to keep my husband from eating them (no sharing) ha! You amaze me once again Angela!

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Tricia April 12, 2012

Genius! What a lovely idea!

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