April 2, 2013
These sweet pieces of frozen fruit encased in a chocolate shell are the perfect after-school snack your kids will love! I’ll show you how to make them with simple and healthy ingredients.
Healthier Banana Split Bites
Ditch the chocolate cookies, ice cream, and whipped toppings. Most are full of unidentifiable ingredients and very little nutrition. These banana split bites have all the delicious flavors you get from a banana split in a healthier and bite-size form!
Each serving is skewered through a popsicle stick -a kid favorite- and it makes it portable and the perfect treat for your kids’ lunchbox. And if you are anything like me, you are usually taking a bite (or two) of the afternoon treats along with your kids. This is one MOMtreat you won’t feel guilty about eating!
Yes, haven’t you heard? There are health benefits of eating chocolate (in moderation). Another bonus to the great taste of these sweet treats is that they are low-carbohydrate (diabetic-friendly).
What You Need
You can get that classic “ice cream feel” we all love from banana split with a few simple and healthy ingredients.
Here’s what you need:
- Pineapple: cut into 1-inch pieces.
- Banana: not too ripe, cut into bite-sized pieces.
- Strawberries: cut in half.
- Popsicle sticks: to assemble the fruit kabobs.
- Dark chocolate: to cover the fruit.
- Coconut oil: helps the chocolate to get a smooth, glossy consistency.
- Chopped nuts or coconut: optional for extra flavor, nutrition and crunchiness.
You’ll find the measurements in the recipe card below.
How to Make a Banana Split on a Stick
With this recipe, make banana split bites on a stick and enjoy a healthy treat you and your kids will always want to have on hand! Plus, you can forget all the mess of a real banana split!
- Prep the fruit
Cut fruit and assemble into stacks.
Press a popsicle stick through the fruit and freeze until solid.
- Melt the chocolate
Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Melt the chocolate along with the coconut oil on the stove-top or in the microwave, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Once completely melted, remove the frozen fruit from the freezer.
Dip the fruit in the chocolate, let the excess drip off and then place on the sheet to harden.
- More toppings
If desired, dip the chocolate-covered side immediately in chopped nuts or coconut before placing them on the sheet to harden.
Once the chocolate is completely hardened, remove the banana split bites from the sheet and place in an airtight container to store in the freezer until ready to serve.
Check out how easy they are to make:
How to Pack Banana Split Bites in a Lunchbox
Freeze the banana split bites overnight, and place them in the lunch container in the morning directly on an ice pack for a perfect lunchbox treat. They will have thawed a little bit by lunchtime, which is exactly how they’re enjoyed best!
You can stick the entire lunch container in the freezer and pull it out right before heading out to after-school activities or weekend soccer games.
I prefer stainless steel containers since they are better temperature conductors, but any lunch box will work!
Banana Split Bites
- 12 pieces pineapple, 1 inch each
- 1 banana cut into bite-sized pieces, make sure your bananas aren’t too ripe
- 6 medium sized strawberries, cut in half
- 2.5 oz dark chocolate
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- Chopped nuts or coconut, optional
- Cut fruit and assemble into stacks.
- Press a popsicle stick through the fruit and freeze until solid, about 2 hours.
- Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Melt the chocolate along with the coconut oil on the stove-top or in the microwave, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Once completely melted, remove the frozen fruit from the freezer.
- Dip the fruit in the chocolate, let the excess drip off and then place on the sheet to harden.
- If desired, dip the chocolate covered side immediately in chopped nuts or coconut before placing them on the sheet to harden.
- Once the chocolate is completely hardened, remove from the sheet and place in an airtight container to store in the freezer until ready to serve.