Chunky Monkey Frozen Yogurt Bites
By Jen Kossowan, Mama.Papa.Bubba
Jan 4, 2017
On school mornings, a breakfast that is both quick and easy-to-prepare pretty essential, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with toast or cereal as your only options. With just a little bit of advanced prep, you can stock your freezer with these delicious chunky monkey frozen yogurt bites that are ready to go whenever you need them. The best part is that they’re incredibly easy to put together, making them a perfect afternoon project to do with your kiddos.
Here’s what you’ll need in order to make a batch at home...
- 3 very ripe bananas
- 1 cup of yogurt*
- 2 heaping teaspoons of natural peanut butter
- crushed peanuts
- cocao nibs or mini chocolate chips
* We use a plain full-fat yogurt that we sweeten ourselves using honey, but a pre-sweetened vanilla yogurt would work just fine, as would a completely plain yogurt. One thing to note, however, is that for this recipe, a higher fat yogurt is strongly recommended as it’ll produce creamier, softer frozen yogurt bites. Low fat yogurt tends to become very hard and icy when frozen.
Start by peeling two of the bananas and mashing them. You can do this step with a fork or a potato masher, though a masher certainly makes the job a little bit quicker and easier. No need to over mash here… Little bits of banana are totally fine (and delicious).
Next add the yogurt and peanut butter into the banana mash and mix well.
With your yogurt mixture ready, spoon it into a muffin tin lined with silicone cups. You don’t want the liners filled to the top — just do your best to spread it out evenly between the twelve cups.
Next, slice up banana number three. This is a fantastic job for little kitchen helpers as bananas tend to stay put (especially when the bottom bit of the peel is left in place) and it can very easily be done with a butter knife.
Gently press one banana slice into the middle of each yogurt cup, making sure not to submerge it fully.
Lastly, garnish the frozen yogurt bites with the crushed peanuts and chocolate. We love sprinkling the peanuts on generously and using just a few cocao nibs or dark chocolate-covered cocao nibs on each bite, but mini chocolate chips would be lovely too.
When ready, pop the entire tray into the freezer.
Allow the bites to freeze completely and then gently peel them away from the silicone liners and pop them into an airtight container or bag for storage.
When you’re ready to eat them, simply take them out of the freezer, allow them to sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes, and dive in! Enjoy!
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