Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Frozen Banana Bites and Blogger Secret Ingredient!


When I saw this super simple sweet treat idea on Pinterest a while back, I knew I just had to try it. More of an idea than a recipe with such little work and few ingredients.  Such delicious end results. 


and they're healthy treats too!



Frozen Banana Bites
adapted from (Neverhome)Maker


Servings - 10   Serving size - 2 banana bites   Points Plus per Serving - 3 Points+
Calories - 105,   Total Fat - 4.1g,   Carb. - 18.4g,   Protein - 0.5g,   Fiber - 1.2g

(* Weight Watchers - the information on calories and points plus above includes the nutrition information for the banana.  If you choose to count the banana as 0 points+, then the points will be 2+ for one serving.)


4 medium sized ( 7"-8"), not too ripe, bananas
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp. coconut oil
1 TBS. shredded coconut, for topping

1.  Peel and slice banana each into 5 pieces, so you have 20 bites.  Cover sheet pan with waxed paper for nonstick foil and place bites on pan.  Set aside. 

2.  In microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips and the coconut oil gently or melt them over a double boiler on the stove.  

3. Dip the banana pieces into the melted chocolate with a fork, letting excess drip off.  Just put a thin coating of chocolate on each bite so you have enough chocolate for all the bites. ( I did end up using ALL the chocolate, so if you find you need more coating, you could increase the chips by 1/4 cup for an additional point+ per serving)  If chocolate starts to harden, reheat in microwave for a few seconds.  As you dip the banana bites, place them on prepared sheet pan.  

4.  Sprinkle coated banana bites with coconut and place in freezer until firm.  Mine took about 30 minutes.  Once the bites are firm, remove them from the pan and place in a freezer safe container or zipper plastic bag for storage.  Keep stored in freezer.  Enjoy!  


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Biz, from MyBizzyKitchen, has resurrected BSI ( blogger secret ingredient)  and I have offered to host this week, as her daughter's birthday is this week....Happy Birthday to Hannah!  

Tried as I did yesterday, I just never got a chance to post this weeks BSI!  so without further adieu this week's secret ingredient is...

Parmesan Cheese!!!  

So put your thinking caps on and get to work finding and making recipes that highlight this special ingredient and post about it. You can find all the information you need to submit an entry to BSI HERE.  Remember you do not need to have a blog or a recipe picture to enter.   You can also enter any recipe you have in your archives as well. One recipe or post link per person please. Leave a link in the comments to this post to enter or send me an email with a link or recipe.  The deadline for submitting entries is Sunday, March 11.  A winner will be chosen by me and a prize will be mailed out to you! The winner and lineup will be announced on Tuesday, March 13. 

Remember, you must leave a link to this post on the post you are submitting.   

This is a totally informal and fun blogger event and if you have never done anything like this, I encourage you to give it a try!! 


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28 comments:

  1. mmmm- what a great frozen treat! I want one (or 10) right now ;). BSI is so much fun. I hosted it wayyyyyyyyy back in the day :) Can I enter my chicken parm bake?

    http://www.itzyskitchen.com/2012/02/chicken-parmesan-bake.html

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  2. I saw this over on Pinterest too and thought it would be a great little sweet treat when the craving strikes! :) Thanks for reminding me! :)

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    1. I know...there is so much good stuff to find on pinterest!

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  3. Pinned!! :)

    This looks simply divine and mixes my two favorite ingredients: chocolate and banana. I wonder if this will be a hit with my baby brother.

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  4. I've been known to freeze banana chunks to just eat plain, so these are definitely something I'd like. I just love the texture and flavor of frozen bananas.

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  5. Great ingredient choice! Here is my contribution: http://fink-girl.livejournal.com/25011.html

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  6. Renee, I love the banana bites! What a fun and healthy snack. Well, I just so happen to have a recipe with pics I need to post that uses parmesan cheese but I can't post it this week as I have a series I can't interrupt on cake for dummies. What to do? I'll either post two things in one day this week, or I'll find something in my archives. tHanks for hosting!

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    1. Veronica...you can send me your recipe and a pic in email if you want, and I will post that then when you post the recipe on your blog, I can amend it to link it to yours...if you like!

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    2. I decided I will post it on Saturday. I don't usually do weekends b/c I figure most people are busy having fun and won't ever see it, but I do want to participate this week and have so many recipes I need to blog, it won't hurt to blog a little extra this week. :)

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    3. sounds good! I will be sure to look for it, just send me a link either here or in my email!

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  7. Those totally remind me of Diana's bananas - they used to be cheap in the frozen section, then all of a sudden got to be $6 a box! I'll have to make those.

    Here is my BSI this week: homemade parmesan gnocchi with braised short rib ragu!

    http://mybizzykitchen.com/2011/05/04/homemade-parmesan-gnocchi-with-braised-short-rib-ragu/

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  8. I don't have any parmesan recipes to offer, but thank you for the Banana Bites recipe! They look so good! Having done Weight Watchers pre-points plus, I have the hardest time counting a banana as 0 points. How about you? :)

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    1. yes! I agree...still warming up to the points plus way of life!

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  9. I actually have gotten these at Costco and thought how easy they would be to make, but just never have gotten around to it!

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    1. I've never seen them at Costco..but yes, very easy to make! and probably a whole lot cheaper!

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  10. Chocolate covered frozen bananas are so good, and bites is an awesome idea.

    So excited for the BSI. Parmesan is one of my favorite ingredients. Now what should I make/submit?!?!

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  11. Yummy! I do basically the same thing with half bananas on a stick! They are so tasty on a hot summer day. Yours are beautiful!

    http://nutmegnotebook.com/2011/04/frozen-chocolate-covered-bananas-2/

    I love parmesan cheese so will have to take a look at some of my recipes - there are several in my archives that have been winners at my house!

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  12. There are really only three things I do not like to eat and bananas is one of them, but I bet my husband would love these.

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    1. I'll be honest, bananas aren't my first choice for fruit either...I can take them or leave them, but I do like them frozen. They take on a whole different personality, I think. :)

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  13. Renee here is my recipe for the BSI "parmesan cheese" secret ingredient.

    http://nutmegnotebook.com/2012/03/parmesan-spinach-cakes-broccoli-sausage-quiche-cups-weighing-in/

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  14. Here is my entry into the BSI, Eggplant Parm-Lasagna with Faux-lognese sauce.

    http://cupcakesandkalechips.com/2012/03/08/eggplant-parmesan-lasagna-faux-bolognese-saucerecipe/

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  15. Thanks for hosting BSI this week! Here's my submission, Parmesan Puffs with Rosemary and Cracked Black Pepper:

    http://www.spicesbites.com/parmesan-puffs-with-rosemary-and-cracked-black-pepper/

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  16. Sorry I'm getting this to you so late!
    Here's a little taste of summer :)
    http://spinachandspice.com/2011/08/31/parmesan-grilled-tomatoes/
    Parmesan grilled tomatoes

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  17. Hi there! Here's my recipe, Garlic-Orange Caesar Salad with Shrimp (topped with grated Parm!) - http://cupcakemuffin.blogspot.com/2009/01/garlic-orange-caesar-salad-with-shrimp.html

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  18. nice opinion.. thanks for sharing..

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