Frozen Banana Bites

Frozen Banana Bites are an easy to make snack, or treat recipe. Kids love to make them, and eat them. We made 4 variations of this yummy treat with Greek yogurt, and different toppings. 1. Key lime yogurt with crushed chocolate cookies 2. Raspberry yogurt with Chia seeds 3. Coconut yogurt with shredded coconut, and walnuts 4. Vanilla bean yogurt with crushed bran flakes.

If you’ve read any of our other snack recipes, then you know my kids never stop eating. I need to be creative with a variety of snacks, and options for making healthy choices. These Frozen Banana Bites are great because they’re not limited to flavors. Choose their favorite yogurt flavor, pick a topping, and you will have their next favorite snack or dessert recipe. The best part is that it’s healthy with bananas, and Greek yogurt!

STEPS TO MAKE FROZEN BANANA BITES

DO BANANAS GO BAD IN THE FREEZER?

They will not go bad if they’re properly stored in airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags. Frozen bananas will maintain best quality for 2 to 3 months. If they don’t have any type of fungus, mold, or strong odor they can remain safe beyond the 2-3 months.

DO FROZEN BANANAS TURN BROWN?

Yes, frozen bananas will turn brown. Best to keep them in air tight freezer bags, although they will still turn brown. I notice them browning at about 5-7 days that they’ve been in the freezer. Usually, I slice the bananas spread them out in the freezer bag, and freeze. By slicing them up it tends to be easier on the blender when making smoothies. Typically, I will only freeze bananas for my Frozen Banana Bites, or smoothies. Also, if the bananas thaw out they will be very mushy, but can still be used in your favorite recipes.

CAN YOU FREEZE BANANAS IN THE SKIN?

Yes, you can definitely freeze bananas in the skin. In fast, this is a common practice amongst bakers for a delicious banana bread. When the banana turn a medium ripe with some browning on the peel, just put them into an airtight freezer bag. Then straight into the freezer. The peels will turn black, and wrinkly, maybe even a little scary, but perfectly fine on the inside. To use, remove from freezer and set out at room temperature about 10 minutes. This way the skins can be removed easily. Either use in a smoothie, or your favorite banana bread recipe.

FROZEN BANANA BITES – 4 WAYS


KEY LIME WITH CHOCOLATE GRAHAM CRACKERS

The key lime version was so fun to make with the pretty green color, and with the added crushed chocolate graham crackers on top. Which, btw, taste just like chocolate cookies. They have a sweet, tangy taste, with a cookie crunch. My boys said this was one of their favorites. It was definitely a winner for me as well.

ONLY 3 INGREDIENTS

The key lime version was so fun to make with the pretty green color, and with the added crushed chocolate graham crackers on top. Which, btw, taste just like chocolate cookies. They have a sweet, tangy taste, with a cookie crunch. My boys said this was one of their favorites. It was definitely a winner for me as well.

  • large ripe banana
  • cup of key lime Greek yogurt
  • chocolate graham crackers, or chocolate cookies (crushed)


COCONUT WITH SHREDDED COCONUT & WALNUTS

This version is definitely for the coconut lovers out there. You will be wowed on how ah-mazing these taste.  I must say they were all yummy, but this is hands down my favorite. First of all I love coconut, then add banana, and walnuts to the mix and it’s pure heaven. I choose this for a dessert, over ice  cream. It’s healthy, and it works for me if I have that dreaded sugar craving.

ONLY 4 INGREDIENTS

  • ripe banana
  • coconut yogurt
  • shredded coconut
  • walnut pieces


RED RASPBERRY WITH CHIA SEEDS

Yum yum, yum! This version has such a delicious berry flavor. The key to making these is to use your favorite Greek yogurt flavor. This is raspberry, and it tastes so good straight out of the cup. When you freeze it with bananas, and add the Chia seeds it becomes a special treat. I let the kids eat these for after school snacks, because they’re healthy, and can usually hold them over until dinner.

ONLY 3 INGREDIENTS

  • ripe banana
  • raspberry yogurt
  • Chia seeds


VANILLA BEAN WITH BRAN FLAKES

If you want to go simple in flavor and keep it healthy, then this is the one for you. My boys are loving bran flakes these days, so they came up with this version. They crushed up the bran flakes, and we sprinkled them on top. They don’t pop in flavor like the other versions, but they are just as delicious. With the simple ingredients, these would be great for breakfast on the go.

ONLY 3 INGREDIENTS

  • ripe banana
  • vanilla bean yogurt
  • bran flakes (crushed)


TIPS FOR MAKING FROZEN BANANA BITES

  • Use Greek yogurt over regular. The yogurt needs to be thick, or it runs off the banana and spread throughout the tray.
  • Best to let them freeze over night.
  • Keep in an air tight container to store.
  • Eat them within a week, as the texture will start to change and appear dry and cracking.

OTHER IDEAS FOR FROZEN BANANA CREATIONS

  • Roll in peanut butter, top with granola, and freeze.
  • As a sweet treat – dip in melted chocolate, top with chopped almonds, and freeze.
  • Dip in Greek strawberry yogurt, top with colored sprinkles, and freeze.
  • Use your favorite flavor, and top them with mini chocolate chips.

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