Growing up in Southern California (Orange County to be exact) I was privileged to have eaten a time or two (maybe more!) at Sugar ‘n Spice, a little food joint on Balboa Island in Newport Beach that has been selling the most divine chocolate-dipped frozen bananas since 1945! If you’ve ever visited my Pinterest boards, you know I have a “Frozen Treats Obsession“, and BANANAS are probably my MOST FAVORITE frozen treat! (Followed closely by FROZEN GRAPES!)
I normally peel bananas, skewer them with a popsicle stick and put them in the freezer on a cookie sheet. The absolute BEST snack!
The other day my daughter-in-law Kaitlyn and I were reminiscing about going to Balboa and eating frozen bananas (she grew up in Southern California as well), so I decided to make up a few. But instead of doing the entire banana, I made them into easier-to-eat (without a stick) BANANA BITES. And in honor of the place I will always associate with this frozen treat, I named them Balboa Banana Bites.
Balboa Banana Bites
- 3 large ripe bananas
- 6 ounces chocolate chips (I like milk chocolate, but semi-sweet would work too)
- various topping/coatings (I chose my favorites, chopped almonds and sprinkles!)
Melt chocolate chips in the microwave, or over low heat on the stove. Peel the bananas and cut up into bite-sized pieces.
Dip each banana bite halfway in the melted chocolate, then into whatever topping you prefer. (Or, you could just stop there and enjoy the perfect marriage of chocolate and bananas.)
Place each bite (topping side up) onto a plate or cookie sheet and freeze until hardened.
Find a quiet time and place to savor each Balboa Banana BITE! :-)
What is your favorite summertime treat??
BALBOA FROZEN BANANA BITES
- 3 Ripe bananas
- 6 ounces Chocolate chips
- Topping/coatings various
- Melt chocolate chips in the microwave, or over low heat on the stove. Peel the bananas and cut up into bite-sized pieces.
- Dip each banana bite halfway in the melted chocolate, then into whatever topping you prefer.
- Place each bite (topping side up) onto a plate or cookie sheet and freeze until hardened.