It’s Banana Week! And we’re going Bananas! Banana Splits! Banana Bread! Painting with Banana Peels….You name it! We’ve done it! One of our best culinary experiments this week has got to be these Easy Gorgeous Chocolate Covered Bananas!! Oh my goodness. I am NOT a frozen banana girl…but I like a cold summer treat. And these babies fit the bill! As Bea says, “They’re AMAZING!” These banana treats are kid friendly – i.e. any kid could make them. They’re fast – 5-10 mins prep and 20+ minutes in the fridge or freezer. And, better yet, they’re chic enough for your fanciest summer fête. I mean, come on…look at the picture of the finished treats! Don’t you want to tie little gold ribbons on them and put them on a plate next to the champagne? Don’t you think we’re planning on popping the sticks off of a few of these and making gourmet banana splits with them???? And, yes, freezie freezertons, you can freeze them if you want!!!
Easy, Gorgeous, Chocolate-Covered Bananas
- Chopsticks or popsicle sticks
- Parchment-lined cookie sheet
- 2 Bananas
- 1 cup [8 oz] Chocolate Chips or good chocolate [milk dark or white]
- 1 1/3 cup toppings of your choice [We used 1/3 c each: Rice Krispies Skor bits, Shredded Coconut, and Chopped Pecans]
- If desired, and to make the bananas adhere well to the sticks, you can pierce your bananas with your chopsticks or popsicle sticks and pop them on a pan and into the freezer for an hour or so before preparation.
- In a heat-resistant bowl placed over a pot of boiling water, melt the chocolate and stir until smooth.
- [Chocolate may also be micro-melted on low-to-medium power in stints of 20 seconds, stirred occasionally.]
- Slice each banana in half and place on a chopstick or popsicle stick.
- Dip banana in chocolate until coated.
- [Use a spoon to help coat the banana if desired. The banana may spiral on the stick. Don't worry!]
- Roll banana on a plate of topping and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- In order to secure the stick to the banana more firmly, spoon a bit more of the melted chocolate around the base of the banana, where it meets the stick. Sprinkle on additional topping if necessary.
- Place coated bananas on their tray in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes.
- Bananas will keep in fridge for at least 24 hours.
- After the bananas have firmed up, you can place them in the freezer in a sealed bag for a few days, but chocolate may "bloom."
- And, as we said, we're popping a few of these off of their sticks and making gourmet banana splits!!!
- ENJOY! ENJOY! ENJOY!!!