I have so many over ripe bananas on my counter it is depressing. I don't want any more muffins or bread or cookies in my house right now either (OK, I do, but I shouldn't have it here). After making my macarons I had half a jar of cookie butter left over. In case you have never heard of it (I hadn't until very recently), it is carried by Trader Joe's, and it has the consistency of peanut butter, but the taste of gingerbread cookies. It is like it is named--cookie butter. Putting my thinking cap on, I was trying to figure out what I could do that maybe would use both things, and while I was thinking about it I went to my freezer and grabbed the last chocolate dipped frozen banana from my son's 3rd birthday party. Then it hit me! Cookie butter dipped frozen banana bites! Too add a bit more dimension I also decided that a bit of crushed graham cracker would make a nice topping to them (because frankly, a dipped banana with nothing else on it is just kind of dull). Thus was born the cookie butter dipped frozen banana bites!
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COOKIE BUTTER DIPPED FROZEN BANANA BITES
- ripe but not mushy bananas
- cookie butter (found at Trader Joe's)
- Popsicle sticks or lollypop sticks
- a few graham cracker sheets, crushed
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Peel the desired amount of bananas and cut them into about 3/4" slices, discarding the very ends.
- Place banana slices onto popsicle or lollypop sticks by skewering them width wise. For the lollypop sticks I used, I fit 3 slices on each (See picture, left).
- Place them on the parchment lined tray and freeze for an hour at least.
- When ready, scoop out the cookie butter into a shallow bowl and microwave for 10 seconds, or until it is slightly runny.
- Using a knife, spread the cookie butter on all sides of the bananas and place back on tray. If the spread will not stay on, the bananas need to go back in the freezer for a while.
- Before it hardens, sprinkle the bananas with crushed graham cracker crumbs to coat.
- Place back in freezer until hardened, and then store in freezer until ready to eat. Once they are frozen solid, they can be wrapped in parchment or wax paper and put in a ziploc bag to keep them fresher.