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You’ve probably heard of yogurt bark (and if you haven’t, check out our healthy recipe for it here)—but have you had banana bark?
While we love yogurt for its probiotic and protein content, banana bark is a creamier and naturally sweeter alternative for kids and adults alike.
In this banana bark recipe, you’ll find plenty of delicious flavors that complement one another, including peanut butter, chocolate, and coconut—what’s not to love?
If you’ve never made banana bites in bark form before, not to worry—it’s a straightforward recipe that takes mere minutes to prepare, with the rest of the time spent chilling in the freezer while you chill out on the couch.
What Are Frozen Banana Bark Bites?
These banana bites are a delicious sweet treat that resemble chocolate-covered frozen bananas—but instead of using frozen banana slices to make banana bites, we put them into bark form.
To make frozen banana bark, you’ll simply peel two ripe bananas and mash them into a flat layer (with a piece of parchment paper on top) using the bottom of a glass.
Then, you’ll add toppings (which can be customizable to your taste), like peanut butter and melted chocolate chips, shredded or flaked coconut, and chia seeds.
Instead of using regular chocolate, we chose Hu Baking Chocolate Chips (No Sugar Added Semi-Sweet) to reduce the sugar content.
We also added chia seeds for an extra fiber and protein punch, plus some coconut oil for healthy fat.
Other fun toppings you might add are a sprinkle of flaky sea salt, a drizzle of almond butter or cashew butter, chopped nuts, or extra chocolate chunks.
Pop the bark in the freezer, let it chill and harden for at least 40 minutes, then cut or break it up into banana bites—the perfect snack or healthy dessert for anyone with a sweet tooth.
As there are ten servings in this recipe, you can store the extras in a freezer-safe container, putting parchment paper or wax paper in between each layer so they don’t stick together.
Alternatively, you can make chocolate-covered frozen banana bites—for this, you’d use banana slices (instead of mashed banana), followed by peanut butter, melted chocolate, and any other toppings you’d like before freezing.
Frozen Banana Bites Ingredient Spotlight
- Bananas: You can’t make banana bites without bananas! There’s really no alternative here—you’ll need bananas to mash into a flat layer as the base of your bark. Be sure not to use under ripe or overripe bananas for the best texture—we want a perfect yellow color with no spots when it comes to banana bites. We love bananas for their natural sweetness and fiber, vitamin, and mineral content. Specifically, one banana contains 3 grams of fiber, 20% of your daily needs for vitamin B6, 17% of your vitamin C, and 10% of your potassium requirements. You can also use banana slices if you prefer.
- Chocolate Chips: Melted chocolate is another essential ingredient in banana bites, as it creates a hard outer layer reminiscent of a chocolate shell. One of our favorite chocolate chip brands is Hu Baking Chocolate Chips (No Sugar Added Semi-Sweet), which are organic, gluten-free, keto-friendly, and sweetened with dates. Plus, these are dairy-free chocolate chips, which can be hard to find. While you can use any chocolate chips or melted chocolate that you like, most other chocolate brands contain up to 16 grams of added sugar, while Hu only has 4 grams of total sugar (from dates) per serving. You could also try dark chocolate chips if you prefer the slightly less sweet, rich dark chocolate flavor.
- Coconut Oil: We used one tablespoon of coconut oil in this recipe, which helps the chocolate melt better in the microwave and makes it extra smooth and glossy. While coconut oil is high in saturated fat, we only use a tiny bit in this recipe. Check out our favorite coconut oil brands in this article—including our number one pick, Artisana Organics Raw Virgin Coconut Oil.
- Peanut Butter: We can’t decide which combination is better: peanut butter and chocolate or peanut butter and banana? Fortunately, you don’t have to choose in this banana bites recipe, which combines all three. Try to look for peanut butter without added sugar or oils, like Crazy Richard’s Natural Peanut Butter. You can also use almond butter, cashew butter, or any other nut butter you love.
- Chia Seeds: Adding a tablespoon of chia seeds on top of the layer of mashed banana increases the fiber, protein, and healthy fat content in this recipe—plus, they provide a nice little crunch. Chia seeds are primarily polyunsaturated fat (which provides omega-3 fatty acids), but they also have a bit of monounsaturated fat. You can also experiment with other seeds, like flax seeds or hemp seeds.
- Coconut: Lastly, we love topping our banana bites with shredded or flaked coconut, which adds the perfect Mounds-bar-like flavor. If you don’t like coconut, feel free to omit the flakes—but we highly recommend them!
Frozen Banana Bark Bites
- ½ cup Peanut butter
- 3 tbsp Coconut flakes
- 2 bananas
- ½ cup Semi-sweet Chocolate chips (we're using Hu Baking Chocolate Chips No Sugar Added Semi-Sweet)
- 1 tbsp Chia seeds
Peel 2 ripe bananas and place them on a tray, baking sheet, or plate that will fit in your freezer.
Cover with parchment paper or wax paper, and use the bottom of a glass to mash into a flat layer.
Sprinkle chia seeds over the top.
Microwave peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl until runny (15-30 seconds) and pour over the banana mash.
Add the coconut oil and semi-sweet chocolate chips to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave chocolate chips until runny (15-30 seconds at a time, stirring after each time) and completely melted.
Pour over the peanut butter layer, and watch out for excess chocolate drip.
Sprinkle coconut on top and freeze for 40 minutes or more, until frozen solid and you see a hard chocolate shell.
Break or cut into pieces and enjoy now or keep in a freezer-safe storage container.
Banana Bites Recipe FAQs
Are Banana Bites Good for You?
It depends on the recipe! Our banana bites recipe is healthy, using nutritious ingredients like chia seeds, bananas, coconut, peanut butter, and chocolate with no sugar added. However, some recipes for banana bites may include higher-sugar ingredients, like milk chocolate chips or peanut butter with added sugar or oils.
Are Chocolate Covered Bananas Healthy?
Again, chocolate-covered bananas can be a healthy snack or dessert if you use the right ingredients. Check your chocolate to be sure it’s not high in added sugar—or use melted Hu Baking Chocolate Chips (No Sugar Added Semi-Sweet), which only have 4 grams of total sugar from organic dates. You can also look for dark chocolate chips, which are lower in sugar than milk chocolate, and still make for a great banana bites recipe.
What Are Banana Bites?
Banana bites can vary depending on the recipe, but they are typically banana slices or mashed bananas topped with melted chocolate, peanut butter, and other toppings. Some recipes call for starting with frozen banana slices, while others begin with room-temperature banana slices and freeze the entire banana bite afterward.
Are Bananas a Good Snack?
Yes, bananas are a great snack, as they contain fiber, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins B6 and C. However, they are also high in sugar, so pairing bananas with healthy fats or protein (like nut butter) is an excellent choice to keep blood sugar stable—and make your snack more filling. For a healthy, sweet treat, make chocolate banana bites with dark chocolate or peanut butter banana bites with frozen banana slices.