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Balboa Frozen Banana Bites

frozen banana bites

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!

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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.

frozen 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.

frozen banana bites

frozen banana bites

frozen banana bites

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.)

frozen banana bites

Place each bite (topping side up) onto a plate or cookie sheet and freeze until hardened.

frozen banana bites
Photos by Anna Gleave

Find a quiet time and place to savor each Balboa Banana BITE! :-)

What is your favorite summertime treat??

frozen banana bites

BALBOA FROZEN BANANA BITES

Jill Nystul
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!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Freeze 1 hour
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Bites
Calories 97 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 Ripe bananas
  • 6 ounces Chocolate chips
  • Topping/coatings various

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 97kcalCarbohydrates: 16gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 9mgPotassium: 105mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 50IUVitamin C: 2.6mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 0.3mg


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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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    • wow.. I love Peanut butter and Banana sandwiches.. now im gonna definitely try these bites with peanut butter added… THANKS for this recipe.. yummyyyyyy

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  • What a memory jog! Lemme see.. got those frozen bananas from the age of 9 on.. and I will turn 70 this year!.. havn’t lived in So Cal since 1963.. but when we visit and we get to the beach . this is the first place. .then Joe’s Crab Shack.. Top Hat Pastrami.. and Donahues Golden Fried Chicken. .now in Pomona!.. “Thanks for the Memories”..

  • I used to love these, too! I’m from Southern Cal in Mission Viejo, and we would always trek down to “the island” for a nice cool yummy sweet treat. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

  • Oh my goodness….you made my day. I always tell people going to LA to drive to Balboa Island for a frozen banana. I am fom Cincinnati and have had the frozen treat on three vacations to California. Now that could be the most expensive treat I have ever had when you count the gas, car rental to get to Balboa island from LA, SAN DIEGO, AND some place inland. Thank you so much for the picture, reminding me of one of my favorite eating memories, and the adventures of getting there.

  • Grew up in Newport (never ever called it “the OC”) and rode my bike to Balboa Island to get frozen bananas and Balboa bars. I lived in Balboa Island in college. Thanks for the memory refresher. Might make these for my kids!

  • Oh this makes me miss home (so cal) YUM. This is something I make frequently because it reminds me of home. Guess I need to put it on the to-do list today.

  • So Cal all the way! I am a native Orange County Californian (Yorba Linda), lost my way a few years ago and found myself in Missouri!? Love, love, love Balboa Island and frozen bananas! My favorite is to use popcicle sticks and the full banana, dip in melted semi-sweet chocolate and nuts! I could never be satisfied with one bite…but who says you have to stop at one!

    • Terri – this is Jill’s daughter-in-law. I totally grew up one town over from you in Placentia and my parents still live there! And my Mom is actually originally from Missouri. You all just switched places :)

      • Kaitlyn, I don’t remember you loving frozen bananas! Guess I missed that one! Love, love, love Balboa Island too. Terri, where do you live in Missouri? I grew up in Bridgeton in No. St. Louis County before coming to So. Cal. and settling in Placentia.

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  • These look really good, I’m not sure they’d get as far as the freezer! Passing this on to my daughter – she’s a real frozen fruit/smoothie sort of girl :-)

  • Oh my goodness did you hit on a wonderful memory of mine as well. When I was in my teens we would stay at the Girl Scout house on the Balboa Peninsula. All of us Girl Scouts would rent roller skates and take the ferry to Balboa Island and skate around the island for hours. The highlight of our adventure was skating up to the window to purchase a Balboa Bar or a Frozen Banana. I love, love, love, frozen bananas to this day. Thanks for posting the simple recipe. It will save me the $2.00 I pay when I’m able to flag down the ice cream man in my neighborhood.

  • YES!!! Thank you. My family has had many frozen bananas there. My grandmother used to live on the Island. We would walk over and do a little (window) shopping and get frozen bananas. Wonderful memories!

  • I did that 35 years ago when my kids were young, but I did it with a popsicle stick into a whole banana! Banana pops were very popular in our house! Why stop at mere bites? A half-banana pop would be fine for even the littlest kids! But I’d leave off the sprinkles. And I think I’ll do it again for Gramps and me.

  • I have never tried frozen bananas before today, and I can’t believe I’ve gone my whole life without them! I made these today and loved them. I think next time I’ll make them on a stick, it might be less messy for my kids…plus I think I’ll like having a big one all to myself. Thanks so much for sharing this Jillee!

  • these look great! you should check out the show ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT on netflix. absolutely hysterical – one of the top comedies of all time. takes place on Balboa Island, involving a family that runs a frozen banana stand.

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  • These sound yummy. I’ll have to show my mom. We usually have bananas around – for her smoothies. My favorite summertime treats are Lemon bread and a very easy Lemon cookie using a cake mix. I’m not much of a California girl . I lived in Northern California for a few years as a kid. I was too young to remember much of it.

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