Frozen Banana Split Bites

July 26th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

gluten-free banana split bites

Give me a dessert, any dessert, and I’m about 99.9% sure I can turn it into an adorable bite.

It’s one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen. I love packing all of the flavor and eye appeal of fancy, indulgent desserts into something much more sensible and quick to prepare. Take the banana split, for instance, that’s typically laden with bananas, brown sugar, caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, peanuts—I think I’d need a three-day nap after eating that! (An angiogram might be a good idea, too.)

To make a fancy schmancy banana split a whole lot lighter on the prep work and also much healthier, I turned it into a bite-sized treat that conveniently keeps well for weeks in the freezer. The bites are like a frozen, summery version of truffles. Frozen banana chunks are coated in a cinnamon-scented cashew cream, then sprinkled with chopped nuts and drizzled with a super simple chocolate glaze.

When you need a little afternoon pick-me-up or an after dinner sweet tooth kicker, these Frozen Banana Split Bites are just perfect. If you’re not in the mood for these, you might like one of my other bite recipes:

gluten-free banana split bites

Summer treats like these are just too good to pass up. Although it’s hard to believe, swirling leaves and nippy breezes aren’t too far off…at least here in the Midwest. We have to soak up every drop of summer we can. Currently, my freezer is stocked with this ice cream and these bites, so I think I’m go to go on the treat front for a while!

In a few weeks, the most-adorable-one-year-old-in-the-world (also known as my nephew) is coming for a visit with his mama. I can’t wait to see the little guy and play in the kitchen with him. He loves just about every food there is, but his current favorites are plums, pumpkin seeds, and bananas. I have a feeling there will be more ice cream and frozen treats in our future.

What cool treats do you enjoy on hot summer days?


Frozen Banana Split Bites

Makes about 24 bites

For the coating:

1/3 cup water

1/4 cup raw cashews

1 tablespoon honey or Grade B maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

3 tablespoons virgin coconut oil

For the bites:

4 medium ripe bananas, peeled and cut into 1-inch slices (about 6 slices per banana)

Chopped pecans or walnuts, for sprinkling

For the chocolate drizzle:

1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped

1 tablespoon honey or Grade B maple syrup

1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil

Make the coating: In a high-speed blender or Vita Mix, blend the water, cashews, honey, cinnamon, and salt until smooth. Pour into a small pot and add the coconut oil. Place the pot over low heat and whisk constantly until the oil is completely melted into the cream. Transfer the mixture to a shallow bowl.

Dip the banana slices in the cream mixture to coat. Set the coated slices on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle them with chopped nuts.

Make the chocolate drizzle: In a small pot over very low heat, whisk together the chocolate, honey, and coconut oil until melted and smooth. Use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate sauce over the banana bites.

Place the pan in the freezer and freeze the bites until solid, 1-2 hours. Store in an airtight container in the freezer between sheets of parchment paper.



  1. Hallie….I have one word for you. Brilliant! Can’t wait to try these. What a perfect healthy dessert!

  2. looks delicious!

  3. These are in my freezer right now! I can’t wait!!!

  4. Fantastic is all I can say!!
    Thank you for sharing such a creative recipe.
    Peace and Raw Health,

  5. Great idea. Very elegant too. I might get tempted to eat 2 bites!

  6. beyond adorable :)

  7. Mmm, my goodness! I’ve never even considered something like this, but it is adorable and sounds like it would be equally delicious. Would you come to my kitchen and make these? I’ll roll you out some handmade ravioli in return! :)

  8. I made these for a meeting at my house, was a bit disappointed! Did not find them very flavorful, however others seemed to think they were good. Or were they just being polite?

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