Thursday, July 26, 2012

chocolate & salted peanut covered frozen bananas

Bananas, dark chocolate, and salted peanuts. What's not to love???

bananas ***Not-too-ripe bananas work best here but if your bananas have a few brown spots on them it's gonna be totally fine.***
chocolate - finely chopped ***I prefer using 70% or more dark chocolate.***
roasted peanuts - roughly chopped ***Salted ones taste best, but if you're trying to cut back on your sodium intake, just make sure your peanuts are roasted for the best flavor.***
honey (optional) ***Dark chocolate is not as sweet as milk or semi-sweet so I add just a little honey for added sweetness and flavor.***
sticks - lollipop or popsicle sticks ***If you don't have any sticks, the next time you're grabbing a cup-o-joe, just snag a few wooden coffee stirrers.***

There are no exact measurements here. Eye ball the amount of chocolate you'll need for the amount of bananas you're using. I melted roughly 1/2 cup of chocolate for one and a half bananas/3 halves. I also added 1 teaspoon of honey for additional sweetness into my melted chocolate. Peanuts??? A handful? 

Peel your bananas, cut them in half, and insert a stick on the cut side. Place on a parchment lined sheet pan and freeze your bananas until frozen. ***I froze mine over night.***

In a heat proof bowl, microwave your chopped chocolate for 30 seconds. Stir. The chocolate will almost be completely melted after 30 seconds. This is optional, but I add a little honey to my chocolate. Nuke for 10 seconds. Stir to combine and set aside with your peanuts.

Pour your melted chocolate into a small glass with a narrow opening so that you can dunk your banana in it. 

Chop your peanuts. ***I like mine roughly chopped.*** Allergic to peanuts??? Substitute toasted chopped walnuts or almonds. Rainbow sprinkles would be awesome too!!!

Dunk your frozen banana into your chocolate, give it a spin and a twirl and roll it into your chopped peanuts.

Place your peanut and chocolate covered bananas back onto your parchment lined sheet and place back into your freezer until the chocolate is set.

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