Thursday, August 9, 2012

Frozen Chocolate Banana Pops

Frozen Chocolate Banana Pops

We're addicted to frozen bananas right now. I've made frozen banana ice cream before for work and it was delicious (and healthy) but frozen bananas dipped in chocolate are a treat... and an activity and we pretend they're healthy.

Popsicle sticks
12 oz. (2 cups) Nestle chocolate chips
2 Tbs.vegetable oil
Granola, Cheerios, marshmallows, mini M&M's, white chocolate chips,caramel corn, sprinkles,crushed nuts and so on....

Leaving the banana peel on, cut the ends off the banana, then cut it in half.
Insert a popsicle stick into bottom of each banana half, then remove the peel!  (This helps to avoid banana splitting).

Set the bananas on a parchment or wax paper covered tray. 
Freeze the bananas 1 to 3 hours.


Place the toppings in small bowls and plates so they're ready to be rolled in.
Melt the chocolate chips and oil in a double boiler or in a glass microwave safe container in 30 then 10 seconds blasts in the microwave.
Stir until smooth then pour the chocolate into a slender container leaving enough room at the top for the displacement of the banana.

Working with one banana at a time, remove the banana pop from the freezer and dip it into the warm chocolate, then roll it in the toppings and return it to the freezer.

The chocolate will harden very quickly on the frozen banana.
Add more chocolate to the container as needed.

Some other things we tried- cutting the bananas smaller and spearing them sideways (major splitting).
Just cutting the bananas smaller-banana bites.

We also tried a whole banana but - as it thaws it droops and gets very messy - so stick to half a banana.

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