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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Alyssa (Everyday Maven) April 12, 2012

This is genius!!! I am adding this to my freezer dessert rotation along with the No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies. Thanks Angela :)

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Sarah April 12, 2012

how beautiful and tasty!

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StoriesAndSweetPotatoes April 12, 2012

Such a decadent treat for such little mess. You can really impress people with this and they’ll think you slaved over cleaning the kitchen for hours! ;)

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Jennifer April 12, 2012

Very cute! so simple, but so yummy !!

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Joann@womaninreallife April 12, 2012

These look delicious. I am totally pinning them for later!

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Melissa April 12, 2012

These really will take over Pinterest! I’m helping host a baby shower this Sunday, even though I’m making a cake I think I HAVE to make these, too. Everyone will fall in love with them. Even though I prefer real chocolate I might have to make some with white chocolate tinted blue since it’s for a baby boy. Great idea all the way around. Especially with the mini liners! You are totally brilliant!!!

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Vicky (Sweet and Healthy Living) April 12, 2012

These are very cute and colorful!

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Zoe@lose weight and gain health April 12, 2012

You have the most wonderful ideas! These look amazing and I will definitely do these with my son who is allergic to dairy so he would enjoy these with some very dark chocolate. Genius :-)

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Heidi @ Food Doodles April 12, 2012

Yummy! I love the idea of these so much more than just the plain bananas(not that those aren’t good, but when you can add strawberries too, why not?). Plus, I know my kids will love these. I might even try adding a piece of pineapple too, how yummy would that be? :D

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Robyn April 12, 2012

Absolutely no reason we can’t eat healthy and feel like were missing out with great, simple, delicious treats like these,,,yummo

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TiffanyG. April 12, 2012

As soon as I saw this I kid you not, I ran to the kitchen and went to town! So yummy! I went overkill with the chocolate, but that’s my fault! So, for anyone thinking about “covering” the entire thing in chocolate, I do advise against it. Too strong in my opinion. Great recipe, though. I used to huge strawberries, one huge banana and whatever extras I had left that didn’t have anything to pair up with, I thought about putting them off to the side for later consumption. Scratch that, I topped those extras with chocolate too! I knew I made too much melted chocolate, so I grabbed some nuts (pecans, which I only have on hand at the moment) and drizzled them LIGHTLY with chocolate. So yummy!

Getting all fancy up in here!

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Sarah @ The Healthy Diva April 12, 2012

These look super yummy..i love no-bake dessert and bite-sized treats! and thanks for the vegan shopping guide the other day…they were great!

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Janae April 12, 2012

How do you store yours in the freezer? In a Ziploc bag? And how long do they keep? I’ve found certain foods only last so long in the freezer before they really lose taste. Also, do you defrost before eating or eat straight out of the freezer?

And, thanks for the beautiful pics.

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Annie @ twodogsandspice April 12, 2012

These are beautiful. They would be great for a party in the summer!

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Kari @ bite-sized thoughts April 12, 2012

Mmm, delicious and mess free sounds pretty perfect to me. They look gorgeous too!

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Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours April 12, 2012

Those actually make me wish I didn’t hate bananas!! :-)

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Luv What You Do April 12, 2012

So simple and perfect!
Chocolate covered strawberries are the best and I can’t wait to try adding a banana. You make it look so simple! I hope mine turn out so pretty!

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Alex @ Raw Recovery April 12, 2012

This is so cool! I wish you could cater my graduation party :)

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Jen April 12, 2012

when you freeze them did it stop the banana’s from turning brown once you removed them to serve?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2012

I didn’t notice any browning, but I wasn’t exactly looking too closely.

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Courtney Rae Jones April 12, 2012

These look so very delicious! Yum! :) cannot wait to make a batch. What a great idea for a sweet treat when I cannot shake a chocolate craving :)

Love your site!!! Just discovered it and I’m hooked! :)

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Ashley Dodge April 12, 2012

These look so pretty! I have all the ingredients… I’m off to make them right now!

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Audra April 13, 2012

If I could eat the computer, I would right now! It’s breakfast time..and I’m hungry..and now I want strawberries and chocolate! Yum! Thanks for the great idea!

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Dreena Burton April 13, 2012

Angela, have to say those are brilliant and beautiful one-bite wonders! Nicely done. :)
-Dreena

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2012

Thank you Dreena!

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Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon April 13, 2012

Beautiful! I’ve made choco covered banana slices and chocolate covered strawberries but never have I combined them! They’re so pretty and I can only imagine how delicious they taste!

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers April 13, 2012

These are gorgeous! I am making them tonight, what a great treat!! I love the reipe! I mde chocolate cashew nut butter and I am going to use that as my chocolate replacement. Thanks ANgela, I love this!!

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Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner April 13, 2012

WOW.. these look amazing! I can’t wait to try them out for myself!!

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Natasha April 13, 2012

these would be fantastic to make with some kids, I think they’d really enjoy it!

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stormy April 13, 2012

I made these for my in-laws last night and they LOVED them!!! …I did too! It was my first time using the Mega Chunk brand semi sweet chocolate chipsthat i see you use often and i am hooked!!!! Thank you so much for you simple delicious recipes!!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2012

so glad to hear that! mine are almost gone ;)

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life April 13, 2012

Oh my, that is a fabulous idea. My two favourite fruits dipped in chocolate are strawberry and banana, and I love things like strawberry-banana shakes, so why I never thought of putting the two together with chocolate is beyond me. Yum!

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Hayley @ Oat Couture April 13, 2012

Ahh this is such a good idea!! Definitely pulling these out of the bag at some point in the very near future!! Thanks! :)

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Sarah @ Fresh Living April 13, 2012

I just stumbled upon your blog. I love the front page but I absolutely love the most recent photos. Wow! Great work and can’t wait to try them :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2012

Thank you Sarah! Take care :)

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Kelly April 13, 2012

This is such a great idea! I love it and can’t wait to try it out with my kids! :)

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Stacey April 13, 2012

Seriously!? Can I have these delivered straight to my belly please? I want to eat the computer screen these look so delicious.

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Anastasia@healthymamainfo.com April 13, 2012

These look so lovely! I love love love chocolate + banana combination. Adding strawberries, coconut flakes, and walnuts sounds even better!

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Life's a Bowl April 13, 2012

Those are beautiful- almost too pretty to eat, but also delicious so it would be hard not to pop ‘em right into your mouth! Perfect for a summer BBQ [assuming they wouldn't melt] :D

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Alex April 14, 2012

LOve the pics, especially the 1234 pic, really simplified it out.
Love this idea, usually I don’t like chocolate cause it makes me feel sick but I think this won’t.
Total yumness, lots easier and healthier than baking!

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Laura April 14, 2012

What a fabulous idea! I cannot wait to make these little treats for summer cookouts.

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Angela@veggievinyasa April 14, 2012

Ummm…amazing! And perfect for a party.

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Amber from Slim Pickin's Kitchen April 14, 2012

Just stumbled across your blog and instantly fell in love! YUM and such a clever idea!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2012

Thank you Amber!

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Val R April 14, 2012

I made these last night for a sweet, weight friendly treat and they were delish! Thanx

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2012

glad to hear that! Mine are all gone…doh! heh

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