Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wholesome Wednesday (Chocolate Covered Bananas)

Growing up, I attended our county fair every year.  It is quite a large fair and my most favorite part has always been the food.  I LOVE fair food.  By far, my favorite sweet treat is the chocolate covered bananas.  Each year I would make a bee line for the stand and get one plain chocolate dipped treat. 

There are various toppings you can use such as nuts, coconut, chocolate chips, or sprinkles.  Today I used rainbow sprinkles because they were handy.  I love this treat as a mom too.  It's a little indulgent with the chocolate, but for the most part, a healthier option than say ice cream.  This is also a great activity to get the kids involved in.  They can help roll the bananas in the toppings.

What you need:

3 to 4 firm ripe bananas, not too ripe
2 cups milk chocolate chips or merkens
Popsicle sticks
various toppings (sprinkles, nuts, coconut, etc.)

Peel and cut the bananas in half.  Insert the popsicle sticks and lay on a cookie sheet.  At this point put them in the freezer until very cold and firm (several hours).

After the bananas are frozen, in a double boiler, melt your chocolate until smooth.  Hanging onto the popsicle stick, roll your banana through the chocolate until evenly coated.  Top with nuts, sprinkles, coconut, etc.   Put back in the freezer until hardened.  Store in an airtight container in the freezer for several days.

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