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Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Frozen Banana Bites

These are SO delicious!!!! I can't believe I never thought to try this before.  As a kid, I remember absolutely loving the frozen bananas dipped in chocolate that our church used to sell as a fundraiser at the town parade.  It always seemed like such a pain - you had to halve the bananas, put them on a stick, somehow get them to freeze without sticking to each other, then dip in chocolate, then store again.  I know, not that tough, but it does take up freezer space that I rarely have had access to, so chocolate covered frozen banana always seemed like one of the tasty treats from childhood that noone makes anymore.   I thought of this as I looked at the leftover half banana sitting on the counter after my daughter decided she didn't want anymore banana.  We always seem to have half bananas lying around, turning brown.  I  suddenly realized that I could slice them up, freeze the slices, and when I had time I could dip them in chocolate! Yay!!! These are so wonderfully easy and delicious. Just make sure you use the ripe yellow bananas, and not the overripe bananas.  Enjoy!!!
I couldn't resist taking a bite... and then another.  These are like little frozen truffles. Delicious!

Frozen Banana Bites
You can make as much as you like, but I just used 1 banana.
Slice up in ½” slices and lay on parchment paper: 
1 nice, ripe yellow banana (not the overripe, spotted brown ones)
(I used 2 smaller pieces of parchment paper, so I could slice 1/2 a banana at a time as kids ate the bananas. Then I just stacked them in a Tupperware since the bottom row was frozen by the time I stuck the next on top.)
Pop that into the freezer, and allow to freeze completely (1-2 hrs at least, but you can leave it longer).
Prepare an area where you can dip your frozen banana slices in chocolate by doing the following:
1. Line something with parchment paper (I lined a Tupperware with parchment paper).
2. Get 2 forks (for dipping) and a spoon (for stirring chocolate)
3. Put a bit of parchment paper on the counter, so you have somewhere to put the chocolate covered spoon and forks.
Put ½ cup dark chocolate (chips or bar, diced) in a bowl. Melt the chocolate in the microwave 60-90 sec at 50% power.  Stir until all chocolate chips are melted.
Remove the frozen banana slices from the freezer.  You’ll want to use your fingers to pull them off the parchment paper, since they’ll stick a little.   

You’ll dip the banana slices like you would chocolate truffles.
Pick up one slice and drop it in the melted chocolate.  Use the two forks to rotate the slice, fully covering with chocolate.  Pick up the banana slice using one fork and bang it gently against the side of the bowl to remove excess chocolate.  Slide the slice onto the clean piece of parchment paper, using the other fork to help remove cleanly.  
Repeat with other slices, working quickly so the banana doesn’t warm up.  
The chocolate hardens quickly, so you can eat right away, or store in the freezer for later.  For storing more than a day or two, make sure you put the frozen banana bites in a Tupperware or Ziploc to retain the best taste.

Voila! Bite-sized chocolate covered banana!

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