Guest Post by Susannah Brinkley
Hi everyone! I’m Susannah from Feast + West, and I’m delighted to be sharing my recipe for Chocolate Dipped Frozen Bananas with you today!
I’m always looking for ways to beat the heat. To be totally honest, I am not summer’s biggest fan. When it’s hot and humid, I am not a happy camper, so frozen treats are my go-to salvation for a hot day. It’s tempting to turn to sugary treats like ice cream and popsicles, but these Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Bananas are just as yummy. They’re also good for you and very easy to make.
The recipe is pretty simple: You’ll put popsicle sticks in banana halves, dip them in melted chocolate, drizzle them with toppings and freeze. The result is a cool treat that’s both healthy and refreshing. I love that you can try lots of toppings, but the chopped peanuts are my favorite! These frozen bananas are an awesome snack for adults, but they would also be fun to make with little ones! (Just be careful with the hot melted chocolate.)
Chocolate Dipped Frozen Bananas
Yields 10 to 12 frozen bananas
- 5 to 6 bananas, peeled and cut in half
- 12 ounces dark chocolate, melted over a double boiler
- Popsicle sticks
- Chopped peanuts
- Chopped pistachios
- Chopped almonds
- Cocoa nibs
- Sea salt
- Melt chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave. Stir until entirely melted.
- Insert a popsicle stick into the end of each banana. Dip the bananas into the warm chocolate, gently shaking off any extra chocolate. Place dipped bananas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Spoon toppings over top of the dipped bananas. Place in the freezer to harden and set for 1-2 hours. When frozen through, eat or wrap the bananas individually. Store in the freezer until you’re ready to eat them.
Susannah is a freelance graphic designer in Charlotte, N.C. and the editor of Feast + West (http://feastandwest.com), a blog about food, design and travel. Susannah grew up in the Queen City and recently moved back after six years in Raleigh. She loves to make cocktails and visit new places. Keep in touch on Facebook (http://facebook.com/feastandwest) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/feastandwest)!