Frozen Banana Pops
Yesterday we had a huge rain storm all afternoon so me and my boyfriend spent the day inside just relaxing because I am still getting over being sick. I made some tea for me and some hot chocolate for him when I found half a bag of mini chocolate chips in the cupboard for him to put in his to make it more chocolaty for his sweet tooth. So I thought we should make something with the rest of the chips. (My sister’s Chocolate Strawberry post yesterday kind of inspired me) I did a quick google search on simple things you can make with only a little bit of chocolate chips and I came across this site for frozen chocolate bananas. I’ve actually never had a frozen chocolate banana before, but I always see them as fair food, in theme parks, or even the ice cream man has them. It only took us about 5 minutes if you don’t count freezing times, and they also are a little bit healthy since bananas are loaded with potassium and dark chocolate is good for you!
What you need:
- Ripe Bananas (as many as you want to make)
- 6 Ounces chocolate chips
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- A popsicle stick for each banana half (I used bamboo fondue skewers I already had)
Line a plate or baking sheet with wax paper or foil. Make room in your freezer for the plate. Cut bananas in half and peel. Insert popsicle stick into to each banana half so it resembles a popsicle. Place bananas on plate and freeze at least 15 minutes so they harden.
After 15 minutes, add oil and chocolate chips in a measuring cup or other microwave safe dish. Microwave for about 20 seconds, then take out of microwave and stir. If it is not fully melted microwave for an additional 20 seconds and stir again. This keeps the chocolate chips from burning and stirring will melt those few pieces that did not fully melt in the microwave.
Pull banana pops out of freezer. I poured my melted chocolate into a bowl for this step, but you might be able to leave it in the measuring cup as long as you can dip a banana in it. Dip each banana pop in chocolate, roll until entire banana is covered. Place banana pop back on wax paper covered plate. Sprinkle toppings as you’d like. We used sprinkles, but you could also used crushed nuts or whatever you choose.
Top them quickly so toppings will stick before chocolate hardens. Our system worked perfectly, I did the dipping and my boyfriend did the topping. Freeze banana pops again till chocolate hardens, at least 30 minutes. We made these before going out to dinner, so by the time we got home they were done and ready to eat!
We only had 2 bananas so we had a lot of chocolate left over. We dipped pretzels, Nutter Butters halves, and almonds in the remaining chocolate to try and use it up. When we were finished, I poured my chocolate left ovesr onto a piece of wax paper covering a plate. This way the chocolate can harden over night, and I can reuse it again!