Mess-Free Banana Split Bites

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on April 12, 2012


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…


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!


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!


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


Add 1/2 a teaspoon of melted chocolate…


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


and sprinkle on the walnuts and coconut.


Easy as 1, 2, 3….4.


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!


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.


Mess Free Banana Split Bites

Vegan, gluten-free, no bake/raw, soy-free


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

20 bites
Prep time
Cook time
0 Minutes
Chill time


  • 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.

Nutrition Information

Calories 40 calories | Total Fat 3 grams
Protein 1 grams
* Nutrition data is approximate and is for informational purposes only.

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.


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 at 8:57 am

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


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 12, 2012 at 9:01 am

I hope you enjoy them!


The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh April 13, 2012 at 7:47 am

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


Cat @ Breakfast to Bed April 12, 2012 at 9:04 am

those are going to BLOW UP pinterest.


Lauren April 12, 2012 at 10:03 am

Haha, so true!


Hannah April 12, 2012 at 9:08 am

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.


Katie @wishandwhimsy April 12, 2012 at 9:09 am

Those look amazing. Thanks for sharing!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 12, 2012 at 9:12 am

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


Sara Funduk April 12, 2012 at 9:13 am

These look DELICIOUS! Thanks! :)


Yasmine April 12, 2012 at 9:16 am

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


Chocolate-Covered Katie April 12, 2012 at 9:21 am

Problem solved: Store in your tummy!! ;)


char eats greens April 12, 2012 at 3:48 pm

What Katie said!! haha


Yellow Haired Girl April 12, 2012 at 9:25 am

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


sophie April 12, 2012 at 9:25 am

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


Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes April 12, 2012 at 9:26 am

Beautiful!! Pinning!!


Hailey April 12, 2012 at 9:27 am

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


DessertForTwo April 12, 2012 at 9:29 am

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


Cait's Plate April 12, 2012 at 9:29 am

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


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 12, 2012 at 9:31 am

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!


Stephanie @ Legally Blinde April 12, 2012 at 9:32 am

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!


Kalee April 12, 2012 at 9:36 am

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


Kale Crusaders April 12, 2012 at 9:36 am

Quite a sophisticated dessert. Gorgeous and simple.


Alexandria April 12, 2012 at 9:47 am

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


Jasper @ crunchylittlebites April 12, 2012 at 9:48 am

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..


Ashley F. April 12, 2012 at 9:53 am

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


Carrie April 12, 2012 at 9:56 am

Say wha? This looks amazing! And so simple!


Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 12, 2012 at 10:02 am

what a great idea!!!


Willow April 12, 2012 at 10:04 am

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


Bria April 12, 2012 at 10:13 am

Angela, you are a genious. These look amazing!


Laura @ My Pink Thumb April 12, 2012 at 10:13 am

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


Coco April 12, 2012 at 10:21 am

I am salivating thinking about it!


Casey @ Insatiably Healthy April 12, 2012 at 10:25 am

This had Pinterest written all over it. Perfect summertime treat


Heather (Heather's Dish) April 12, 2012 at 10:30 am

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


Tracy April 12, 2012 at 10:45 am

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 :)


Moni Meals April 12, 2012 at 10:50 am

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


Hayley. (@healthyhayley) April 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm

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


Ellie @ healthy belly ellie April 12, 2012 at 12:05 pm



[email protected] for the Soul April 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm

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


Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm

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


Eva @ Committed2Nutrition April 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm

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


Laura April 12, 2012 at 2:34 pm

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


Averie @ Averie Cooks April 12, 2012 at 2:35 pm

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.


Kristen @ notsodomesticated April 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm

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


Jennifer Sikes April 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm

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!


Tricia April 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Genius! What a lovely idea!


Alyssa (Everyday Maven) April 12, 2012 at 3:12 pm

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


Sarah April 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm

how beautiful and tasty!


StoriesAndSweetPotatoes April 12, 2012 at 3:22 pm

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! ;)


Jennifer April 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Very cute! so simple, but so yummy !!


[email protected] April 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm

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


Melissa April 12, 2012 at 3:41 pm

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!!!


Vicky (Sweet and Healthy Living) April 12, 2012 at 3:43 pm

These are very cute and colorful!


[email protected] weight and gain health April 12, 2012 at 3:44 pm

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 :-)


Heidi @ Food Doodles April 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm

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


Robyn April 12, 2012 at 4:03 pm

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


TiffanyG. April 12, 2012 at 4:38 pm

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!


Sarah @ The Healthy Diva April 12, 2012 at 6:27 pm

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!


Janae April 12, 2012 at 6:43 pm

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.


Annie @ twodogsandspice April 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm

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


Kari @ bite-sized thoughts April 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm

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


Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours April 12, 2012 at 8:29 pm

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


Luv What You Do April 12, 2012 at 8:42 pm

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!


Alex @ Raw Recovery April 12, 2012 at 9:53 pm

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


Jen April 12, 2012 at 10:31 pm

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


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2012 at 7:14 am

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


Courtney Rae Jones April 12, 2012 at 10:32 pm

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! :)


Ashley Dodge April 12, 2012 at 10:48 pm

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


Audra April 13, 2012 at 5:15 am

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!


Dreena Burton April 13, 2012 at 7:41 am

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


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Thank you Dreena!


Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon April 13, 2012 at 8:09 am

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!


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers April 13, 2012 at 8:30 am

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!!


Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner April 13, 2012 at 9:41 am

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


Natasha April 13, 2012 at 9:51 am

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


stormy April 13, 2012 at 10:03 am

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!!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2012 at 12:52 pm

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


Anna @ The Guiltless Life April 13, 2012 at 11:28 am

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!


Hayley @ Oat Couture April 13, 2012 at 11:29 am

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


Sarah @ Fresh Living April 13, 2012 at 12:04 pm

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 :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Thank you Sarah! Take care :)


Kelly April 13, 2012 at 12:59 pm

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


Stacey April 13, 2012 at 2:46 pm

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


[email protected] April 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm

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


Life's a Bowl April 13, 2012 at 8:16 pm

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


Alex April 14, 2012 at 3:03 am

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!


Laura April 14, 2012 at 9:45 am

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


[email protected] April 14, 2012 at 11:32 am

Ummm…amazing! And perfect for a party.


Amber from Slim Pickin's Kitchen April 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm

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


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Thank you Amber!


Val R April 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm

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


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm

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


Amanda @ Sweet Release April 14, 2012 at 6:03 pm

I just made these today, and I LOVE them. Perfect for the warm weather! They were so easy and fun to make and make the perfect bite of something sweet to (guilt-lessly) satisfy my never-ending sugar cravings! :) thanks so much for the recipe.


Jan Liptok April 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm

I made these last night. WOW…..sooooo yum!! Even the kids ate them. Thanks Angela :)


Prepel April 15, 2012 at 8:58 am

I’m allergic to strawberries, but I’m thinking mango would work!


Jennifer M April 15, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Just finished making these! Can’t wait to try them! :)


[email protected] April 16, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I’ve tried coconut whipped cream several times with little success. I’d love to see a tutorial if you haven’t done one already!


Yasmine April 17, 2012 at 2:46 am

I made it yesterday : yummy! Even if my strawberries weren’t very sweet, it was a good sweetness post-diner. Thanks!


Destini April 17, 2012 at 12:44 pm

you are genius! Seriously! I am making these this weekend…..of course not all for myself….


Janice Crowe April 22, 2012 at 11:53 am

These look so beautiful! I made them last weekend for a special dinner, and I used a homemade vegan banana ice cream instead of the frozen banana like you suggested. So delicious… Thank you for the inspiration!


Stacey @ Here's to Life April 27, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Those look AMAZING!!! I can’t wait to make them myself!


Amanda June 5, 2012 at 9:55 pm

I work at a group home, and we’re always trying to find new, healthy things for them to eat. This is perfect and definitely going on the menu sometime soon!


Eileen June 14, 2012 at 7:07 am

How do the banana’s not go brown? Any suggestions


Basil June 15, 2012 at 8:58 pm

They’re so purdy! I made some today, and they are in the freezer right now. Such a cute idea – love the coconut!


Julie May 5, 2013 at 10:25 am

Making these for a potluck tomorrow! Do you think I should keep them in the fridge overnight? Thanks for the great idea!!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 5, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Yes the fridge or the freezer should be fine to keep them. enjoy!


Sarah July 26, 2013 at 1:49 am

Hi there,
I just want to say thank you for your inspiring dessert.
I made these yesterday to take to a friends house and the tray was cleared so quickly
with murmurs of mmmm and yum!
I also added some mango to some of the banana, with toppings on the chocolate of
chilli powder, cinnamon, coconut or some gold powder.

Thank you for a lovely recipe, and lovely blog.


Kathy December 26, 2013 at 3:09 pm

This recipe saved me! We were having 20 people over for a Christmas Eve get-together, and somehow I forgot about dessert…with many children and a couple vegans in the group, I wanted something that everyone could enjoy, and I was stumped. I thought about fruit kabobs, but that seemed kind of dull. So I went to your blog and lo and behold discovered these banana split bites. Perfect! And, since they are so simple to put together, my kids could make them – SO convenient because I was short on time as usual! They looked great in the mini paper liners, and they were a huge hit. THANK YOU, once again, for another awesome recipe. We will definitely be making these frequently.


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