Am I alone in always buying too many bananas and neglecting them in the fruit bowl? I think it is at the top of Mr GF’s ’10 reasons to divorce my wife’ list….. I am regularly shamed into hurried creation, to avoid the sarcastic ‘see you over-stocked on bananas again’ comments. If this sounds familiar and the guilt is rising as you read, my Coco-Banana Freeze Bites recipe may just be your rescue (and could save your relationship!).
Whether you are a regular offender or not, it’s always a good thing to have a few ideas for using ‘gone past attractive’ bananas up your sleeve, as research would suggest that they are an over-regular occurrence in most homes. Apparently (according to a government report quoted in the Independent in 2008) Britons throw away 1.6 million bananas every day. That is astounding and frankly outrageous. We can definitely do better than that.
In the past, I have tried to freeze brown bananas to use another time, but I can be pretty useless in remembering they are there and before long, I have a freezer full of frozen over-ripe bananas…. (in addition to a fruit bowl which requires attention).
Miss GF however, does have a bit if a liking for frozen food….. as a small child, she ate bucket loads of frozen peas and sweetcorn and would get quite upset at the suggestion they might be heated before they went on her plate….. So I got to thinking, what if I lengthen the life of those sorry soft bananas just a little longer, by creating a healthy frozen treat with them?
Perhaps I could mash them and combine them with a load of other good stuff? They could be stored in the freezer ready to eat without any further preparation. Genius!
And so, my Coco-Banana Freeze Bites were born. No doubt they have already been created somewhere else by someone much cleverer than me, but I didn’t bother checking. I didn’t want to take away my moment of inspirational glory (in my head anyway).
These little balls of sweet, fruity frozen deliciousness are really healthy (especially if you use carob instead of chocolate chips, which I admit I didn’t….). They are also completely raw…. No cooking involved whatsoever…. You just mash up the bananas, throw the rest of the ingredients into the bowl and stir it all together. If there are any ingredients you don’t fancy or don’t have, just substitute with something you do. Roll the dough into balls and stick them in the freezer…. done!
What do they taste like? Sort of soft, cold, naturally sweetened breakfast bars…… lots of coconut flavour and texture, mingling with soft banana, shot through with creamy oatiness, interspersed with crunchy chocolaty bitey bits set against a nutty background with a hint of cinnamon. As the warmth of your mouth envelopes each bite, it experiences cold anticipation of what is to come….. The balls quickly soften and melt into the array of flavours contained within. Unexpected and very very tasty.
My daughter and I eat Coco-Banana Freeze Bites for breakfast, not only because they are delicious and full of good energy-giving ingredients to get the day off to a fantastic start, but because they are incredibly quick if you need to grab and run (which in our house is pretty much every morning). Perfect for growing children, they are easily adaptable to your own larder contents and the novelty value with little ones (‘frozen breakfast mummy?’) is way too good to miss……..
Don’t love the thought of frozen breakfast? Coco-Banana Freeze Bites are also perfect as instant after-school sustenance when energy levels are sagging. In updating this post three and a half years on, I can honestly say that they are one of the most requested recipes our house….. Which is a good thing! I love that there is a healthy ‘no thought required’ snack in the freezer ready after school which might just avoid reaching for crisps and sweets.
I am sharing my updated post for these amazing Coco-Banana Freeze Bites with :
Coco-Banana Freeze Bites
25g crushed macademia nuts (optional)
- In a large bowl, mash the bananas.
- Add all the other ingredients and mix thoroughly with a wooden/silicone spoon until the mixture has a ‘wet’ appearance.
- Take spoonfuls of the dough and roll into balls using your hands.
- Place on a baking tray and cover with cling film and freeze.
- Once frozen, store in an airtight container in the freezer.