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Monday, June 24, 2013

Chocolate Covered Bananas

I should have never attempted these....ooooh so delicious and way too easy! 

These were inspired by a dining experience with my bff during my latest Chicago trip.

note: I used dark chocolate chips and the sticks are just lolipop sticks for candy making or for cake pops.  You can find them at most craft stores I would assume - I purchased mine at Sur La Table.

This was by far the post difficult part - I'm happy I had an entire bunch of bananas because I destroyed - DESTROYED the first two bananas I tried to skewer.  Eventually I decided it would be easier to cut them in half.  Once skewered - drizzle, spray, or drege the bananas in some citrus juice (whatever you have on hand).  I used lime juice because it was really an after thought and it was all I had.  Really I think orange juice would taste the best and lemon juice would work the best - completely up to you.  I really didn't notice the flavor at all.  Then into the freezer!  They probably need at least 2 or 3 hours.  I did mine over my lunch hour - then came home to finish making them.

Over very very low heat, melt the chocolate chips and a heaping spoonful of peanut butter - for no other reason than peanut butter loves chocolate.  I of course only had super chunky peanut butter so mine is lumpy!  You could do this in the microwave also if you have that luxury appliance.  Pour the chocolate mixture on to a plate to cool slightly (but not much!).  I just found the flat plate easier to work with when coating the bananas!

Also a plate with the sprinkles.  Then get the bananas out the the freezer and go to town!!

Coat in chocolate.

Coat in sprinkles!  You need to work faster than you think because the frozen banana will start to set the chocolate immediately and the sprinkles won't stick!

Back into the freezer for at least an hour - then you're ready to serve them.

I was invited to dinner at a friend's house and was pretty excited to show up with these!  It was an easy treat to prepare ahead of time but they still look festive!  I was originally looking for 4th of July sprinkles hoping to be a bit more patriotic since it's technically that time of year, but I came up empty handed.  I think the colored sprinkles are better anyways!

It's utterly amazing to me how different bananas taste frozen...they are almost unrecognizable (in the best way possible).  Next I'm going to try and make the paleo ice cream out of bananas that I keep seeing on Pinterest - I'm sure it's just as good.  However, I have about a 1,000 lolipop sticks to use up so I might stick with chocolate covered bananas!

I hope you give these a try - such a great summery treat!

Always, J