Makes 12 treats

I don’t feel like it’s a secret that I love Disney World… I also love the Renaissance Faire, and something these two wonderful places have in common?  Frozen, chocolate covered bananas on a stick.  So simple, but also so delicious and somehow magical.  Why have I never tried (before now) to make these at home?

I learned a few lessons in making these.  The first was that if you leave the bananas on the cookie pan in the freezer for too long, your ice will taste like bananas (it added a little flair to our water for a week!).  The second lesson I learned while trying to photograph the process of dipping the frozen banana in the chocolate.  If you leave the banana in there for, oh, several minutes, you will get a ridiculously thick coating of chocolate on the banana, and not have enough chocolate left to dip the rest of your bananas.  I personally won’t complain about lots of chocolate, but I thought it would be helpful to share the lessons I learned.

I went simple, banana+chocolate=smiles, but you could totally put some nuts or coconut, or whatever tickles your fancy on here.  You will just need to be prepared and quick.  Because here is a very special secret: these ingredients make your very own magic shell.  When you dip the frozen banana into the chocolate, it sets up very quickly.  It makes for the perfect texture straight out of the freezer (aka no broken teeth).  But if you want to add some stuff to stick to the chocolate shell you will need to be speedy about it.

Health highlight of bananas:  Bananas are known for being a good source of potassium.  Potassium is an important nutrient because it helps lower blood pressure, and is used in the process of muscle contraction and nerve communication.  It is also helpful in the balance of pH in the body, and so can help prevent the loss of calcium.  Bananas are a good source of soluble fiber which helps to lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and can be helpful in the regulation of blood sugar.  Bananas have also been shown, because of the synergy of a few nutrients, to be very helpful in stomach upset.

Ingredients:

6 Bananas
12 Popsicle Sticks (or plastic spoons, use the straight end for the banana, the spoon as the handle)
10 ounces Chocolate Chips
2 tablespoons Coconut Oil

Instructions:

  • Cut the bananas in half
  • Stick a popsicle stick into each half (on the cut side)
  • Place the bananas on a parchment line cookie sheet in the freezer for about 2 hours, or until frozen
  • Melt the chocolate chips with the coconut oil (microwave is perfect – 30 seconds, stir, 30 seconds, stir, should do it)
  • Place the melted chocolate into a tall thin glass
  • Dip the frozen banana quickly into the chocolate, then place it back on the parchment line cookie sheet
  • Repeat dipping all the bananas
  • Place in the freezer for 10 minutes
  • Place all the frozen pops into a large zip top bag

What is your favorite vacation time treat?

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