Coco Banana Freeze Bites – Frozen energy balls which are easy to make, packed full of goodness and ready to eat straight from the freezer. Gluten free and optional dairy free, or vegan.
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Banana Freeze Bites with coconut – healthy, easy snacks for kids and grown ups
No word of a lie… These Coco Banana Freeze Bites are one of the most requested recipes in our house. Which is a good thing, because they are really nutritious and easy to store… And that means healthy treats and snacks and less crisps and junk.
Even better, they are the easiest recipe to make. Apart from weighing out a bunch of stuff into a bowl, the rest is just mixing it up, rolling into balls and popping in the freezer.
What are Banana Freeze Bites?
Coco Banana Freeze Bites were born out of the joys of neglected bananas. In our house, brown bananas are quite possibly at the top of hubbie’s ‘10 reasons to divorce the 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, Coco Banana Freeze Bites may just be your rescue (and could save your relationship).
And so came about the creation of these delightful frozen energy balls and a recipe that lends itself perfectly to lengthening the life of ‘past it’ bananas… even when you can’t be bothered to cook. Although if you are looking for baking inspiration, Banana Bread, delicious Chocolate Banana Muffins, or even gluten free Banana Brownies are divine.
I digress… Banana Freeze Bites are basically just mooshed over-ripe bananas mixed with loads of other good stuff… Lots of nuts, oats and coconut (including a little coconut flour ), a little spice and vanilla and some unrefined sugar. Better still, they are completely raw. No cooking involved whatsoever. Healthy treats, frozen and ready to eat! Definitely one of my more inspired moments.
Okay… I did add some chocolate chips to the mix too… But for an even healthier option, just make sure the chocolate is extra dark (my post for Chocolate-Avocado Mousse gives a little more info on why dark is best), or use carob chips as an alternative.
What do these frozen energy balls taste like?
Some of you may be thinking ‘frozen energy balls… what?????’. But seriously, you have to try these! Apart from the sheer convenience of having healthy ready snacks in the freezer that you can batch-make, they are delicious and moreishly addictive.
What do they taste like? Soft, cold, naturally sweetened breakfast bars is probably the best way to describe them. There’s lots of coconut flavour and texture, mingled with soft banana. The oats, bring bite and creaminess, which is set against melty chocolate bits and crunchy nuts… All with a hint of cinnamon. As the warmth of eating envelopes each bite, the balls quickly soften and melt into an array of complimentary flavours. Delicious anticipation!
How to Freeze Banana Freeze Bites
There’s no magic to freezing these healthy treats, but to make ‘grab and go’ as easy as possible, it’s worth freezing separately before bagging. This avoids them sticking together. Simply arrange the balls on a tray with a slight gap between them and freeze apart before transferring to bags or airtight containers for storage.
Can I vary the recipe?
Since this recipe is made up of a bit of this and a bit of that and it’s all just mixed together, you can add or substitute whatever you like… as long as it’s edible raw.
If there are ingredients you don’t like or don’t have, substitute with something you do. Dairy free? Make sure the chocolate is safe for you. Vegan? Sub the honey with extra maple syrup or some delicious date syrup. If you are gluten free, make sure you use gluten free oats and oat flour.
Then just roll the dough into balls and stick them in the freezer… Done!
When to eat Coco Banana Freeze Bites
Actually, we eat Coco-Banana Freeze Bites for breakfast. Yes… really. They are delicious and full of energy-giving ingredients to get the day off to a fantastic start. And they are the perfect grab and run food (which in our house is a daily necessity). Pop them in a bag and munch as you walk/drive/train. And if they defrost, they don’t melt either!
These frozen energy balls are perfect for growing children, easily adaptable to the contents of the larder and have great novelty value with little ones. I speak from experience. ‘Frozen breakfast mummy?’ is way too good to miss…
Don’t fancy the thought of frozen breakfast? Coco Banana Freeze Bites are also perfect as instant after-school sustenance when energy levels are sagging. Or for a pre/post gym or Pilates boost. And any other time when you need ‘something’ but want to avoid the crisp bag.
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If you make Banana Freeze Bites or any variant of frozen energy balls, I’d love to hear from you. What did you change? What did you or the kids think? Will you make them again?
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Coco Banana Freeze Bites (Frozen Energy Balls)
- Kitchen scales
- measuring spoons
- large mixing bowl
- wooden/silicone spoon
- Baking tray
- 2 ripe bananas over-ripe is fine
- 30 g gluten free oat flour Easy to make : See NOTES
- 60 g gluten free oats
- 30 g ground almonds
- 25 g ground hazelnuts
- 50 g coconut flour
- 35 g shredded (desiccated) coconut
- ¼ tsp fine sea salt
- 80 g chocolate chips/chunks or carob chips
- 25 g macademia nuts (optional) – crushed
- 2 tbsp runny honey or sub with maple or date syrup if vegan
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 20 g coconut sugar or soft brown sugar
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- Mash the bananas in a large bowl.
- Add all the other ingredients and mix thoroughly with a wooden/silicone spoon until the mixture has a ‘damp’ appearance.
- Take spoonfuls of the dough and with your hands, roll into balls the size of a large walnut.
- Place the balls on a baking tray with a small gap between them to avoid any sticking together. and cover with cling film and freeze.
- Place the whole tray in the freezer and leave for a couple of hours until the balls are frozen.
- When frozen, transfer the energy balls to a bag or airtight container and store frozen and ready to eat.
Banana Freeze Bites shared with :
- Full Plate Thursday #496 with Miz Helen’s Country Cottage
- Creative Muster #396 with Fluster Buster
- Meatless Monday with Confessions of a Mother Runner and A Whisk and Two Wands
- What’s For Dinner #264 with The Lazy Gastronome
- Fiesta Friday #341 with Angie and Food For The Soul
Previously shared with : Cook Once Eat Twice with Searching For Spice; Free From Fridays with Le Coin De Mel; Got To Be Gluten Free (#G2BGF); Brilliant Blog Posts with Honest Mum; Cook Blog Share with Easy Peasy Foodie; and Family Foodies with Bangers & Mash.