Monday, June 6, 2011

Chocolate Covered Bananas

Some plain, some Oreo cookie crumb coated
My kids love chocolate covered bananas, but I hate buying them for the kids, because they always seem so vastly overpriced to me and they don't eat a whole one anyway!  Perfect solution:  make them myself!  They are a ton cheaper that way and I can make them smaller so less goes to waste.  They aren't even hard to make!  Someday, maybe I'll even get me a banana tree (indoors, of course, living in Michigan), so they can be mostly homegrown.

White chocolate would work for these as well, and I briefly thought about making "zebra" bananas by drizzling melted white chocolate over the frozen plain chocolate covered bananas, but then decided that seemed like too much effort for a regular day and decided to hold that idea for a special occasion.

Chocolate Covered Bananas

4 bananas
1 cup chocolate chips
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp milk
candies, sprinkles, nuts or Oreo crumbs for decorations (optional)

Cut bananas in half and peel.  Stick a reusable popsicle stick (disposable works too, but isn't as thrifty) in the flat end of each banana piece.  Cover a baking sheet with waxed paper and set bananas on it.  Freeze for one hour.

In a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips with the butter, stirring to blend well.  Add the milk and stir in completely.  If the chocolate isn't a good dipping consistency, more milk or butter can be added to thin it further.  If using additional toppings, place them on a flat plate. 

Dip bananas into the chocolate (Try to do this step fairly quickly so the bananas don't start to thaw and "sweat", since that makes it hard for the chocolate to stick).  If using additional toppings, place bananas on the candy plates and turn until coated.  Place back on wax paper covered baking tray.  

Freeze at least an additional hour.  If not eating then, place in an air tight container for longer storage.

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