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Yogurt Banana Bites

Yogurt Banana Bites

I’m in a never-ending battle to entice myself to eat breakfast and thereby take my nutritionist’s advice to eat more than once a day. I get the fact that my body wants to regularly have fuel so that it doesn’t have to feast once a day and go into starvation mode the rest of the time. My mind just likes to say “oh I’ll eat in a minute” and that minute becomes hours. And hours.

Breakfast foods are fascinating and fun to make. They just need to be fast to fix and eat because I’m lazy in the morning. When I found this idea on a website it was a half a banana, frozen on a stick, then dipped in fruit flavored yogurt and rolled in crushed granola bits. I thought that sounded great for breakfast!

On second thought, I decided it would be easier and quicker to eat if I cut the banana into ½” slices before I froze them and did the rest. They could be bite-sized and I wouldn’t have to hold a stick and gnaw on it. I could just pop them into my mouth as I was doing my hair and makeup in the morning. Better idea!

Slice bananas

Slice bananas

I picked up bananas on my way home from the office, having yogurt and granola already stocked. I like my bananas with a little green yet, not too sweet and mushy. I sliced them up and spread them out on waxed paper on a quarter sheet pan and froze them for 3 hours.

Put yogurt into a bowl

Put yogurt into a bowl

Next I dumped a container of yogurt into a bowl. I put about a cup of my homemade pumpkin granola into a bag and crushed it a bit with my meat tenderizer mallet. I didn’t pulverize it, I wanted a bit of crunch left. I poured that into a separate bowl.

Crush granola finely

Crush granola finely

Removing a few banana slices from the freezer, I dipped one into yogurt, then into the granola. Eeek, that was a lot of granola coating the slice. I decided it would be better to lay it on more waxed paper after dipping in yogurt, and sprinkling the granola on with my fingers. I wanted some crunch, not a ball of hard crunch! That worked much better.

Dip banana slice into yogurt, then onto a parchment covered baking sheet sprinkled with granola

Dip banana slice into yogurt, then onto a parchment covered baking sheet sprinkled with granola

Since the slices were frozen they made the yogurt freeze fast. So I had to sprinkle each slice the minute I laid it down on the waxed paper. Not difficult, just took a little more time than I hade expected. But still a very easy and quick assembly of the tasty slices.

Sprinkle granola over each slice as it is dipped

Sprinkle granola over each slice as it is dipped

I ended up with about 60 banana bites. I put the sheet pan back into the freezer for an hour to firm up, then loosened them all and put them into a zippered freezer bag. Done! Now just to remember to actually EAT them in the morning!

Place in freezer until firm, then store in zippered freezer bag

Place in freezer until firm, then store in zippered freezer bag

Really, I have been eating them occasionally. I see the potential for variations like rolling them in peanut butter and sprinkling crushed nuts over them. That would be a delicious change. Or even dipping them in chocolate once they were frozen the second time with peanuts and peanut butter on them. That’s more of a dessert nibble but I’d eat them for breakfast too!

Yogurt Banana Bites

Yogurt Banana Bites

Yogurt Banana Bites

5 bananas
2 small containers of fruit yogurt, your choice
1 cup granola, crushed into smaller pieces
Waxed paper

Slice bananas into ½” pieces and freeze on waxed paper on plates or sheet pans for 2-3 hours.

Pour one yogurt into a smaller bowl. Crush granola into smaller pieces and place in separate small bowl.

Removing a few pieces of banana from the freezer at a time, roll each one in yogurt, place on waxed paper on a plate and sprinkle the topes with granola. Freeze again, loosen, then store in a zippered freezer bag.

Makes about 60 banana bitesTiara Logo

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