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From the kitchen: Chocolate Dipped Frozen Bananas

May 24, 2013

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I’ve been giddy for and anticipating the arrival of this weekend since the rumors that Arrested Development was coming back began a few years ago. Evan and I are huge fans. Dorks even. We can (and do) recite lines from the show verbatim whenever we see an opportunity, we’ve memorized all of the chicken dances, and have very detailed reasons for loving our favorite characters (Lucille! She’s the best!). In honor of the return of one of my all-time favorite TV shows, I’ve made my own version of Bluth Bananas – frozen bananas, covered in dark chocolate and topped with crunchy yummies.

It’s nice to be back home. Enjoy the long weekend! -xo

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Chocolate Dipped Frozen Bananas

Makes 6 bananas

INGREDIENTS

8 oz. chocolate, chopped

1/2 tablespoon ground coffee

1 generous pinch kosher salt

3 large firm bananas (less ripe is better)

6 wooden popsicle sticks

Toppings like:

Crushed Graham Crackers

Toasted Coconut & Cayenne Pepper

Chocolate Sprinkles & Coarse Sea Salt

DIRECTIONS

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. You can do this by placing a glass bowl over a saucepan filled 1/4 of the way with water. Make sure the bowl DOES NOT touch the water. Heat over medium heat until the chocolate is melted, stirring occasionally. Once melted, remove from heat, add coffee and salt to the chocolate, and stir.

Carefully insert the popsicle stick about 1/2 way up the banana. I had a few split on me, so be patient. Coat the bananas with a layer of chocolate using a spoon for even coverage. Let excess chocolate drip off, but be mindful that the bananas are heavier now and may slip off of the stick. Support with the spoon if needed. Sprinkle with your favorite toppings. The trick is to find the perfect balance of flavor and texture.

I used:

1. Chocolate sprinkles (or Jimmies) with fluer de sel that I bought on my honeymoon in France (fancy!)

2. Toasted coconut flakes with a light dusting of cayenne pepper (this one gets spicy fast, so be very light with pepper!)

3. Ground graham crackers (I think marshmallow fluff would go really well with this combo!)

Place on a parchment lined sheet and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour until chocolate is hardened. Then transfer to the freezer for at least 8 hours. Voila!!

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29 Comments leave one →
  1. May 24, 2013 10:35 am

    Looks like a great summer treat!

  2. May 24, 2013 11:05 am

    The toasted coconut look the best–toasted coconut is to die for.

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      May 28, 2013 8:59 am

      I think it was my favorite…. although they were all great :)

  3. May 24, 2013 11:11 am

    I’ve just gotten done experimenting with frozen margarita popsicles. Now this! I’m going to get fat – and drunk!

    Great presentation and very interesting recipes. Can’t wait to try them out. Thanks.

  4. Marie-Pier | 4 Seasons at Home permalink
    May 24, 2013 11:51 am

    This looks delicious! I’m sure it would be a big hit at my house!

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      May 28, 2013 8:56 am

      Such a simple, tasty, versatile treat! I hope you enjoy :)

  5. May 24, 2013 12:47 pm

    I have always wanted to try this! Using those topics turns it into an immediate necessity, I can’t wait to have the coconut one :)

  6. May 24, 2013 1:01 pm

    As weird as frozen bananas sound, these look great! Shall have to try when hot weather returns.

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      May 28, 2013 8:54 am

      You must try!!! Frozen bananas are the best. Before reminding me of Arrested Development, they reminded me of my visits to Disneyland as a kid.

  7. May 24, 2013 1:48 pm

    Nice! We are eagerly awaiting the new season, too. We are going to watch the final couple episodes on Saturday night for our date night at home. I cannot wait!!!

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      May 28, 2013 8:53 am

      What did you think? We only saw the first episode….mixed feelings :/

  8. May 24, 2013 2:23 pm

    These make my banana stand. Love it!!

  9. May 24, 2013 2:24 pm

    Do you start with frozen bananas? Or freeze them after coating with chocolate?

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      May 24, 2013 2:29 pm

      Hi Mandy,

      You start with fresh bananas then freeze :)

  10. May 24, 2013 9:24 pm

    toasted coconut and cayenne…perfect.

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      May 28, 2013 8:52 am

      That was my favorite one :)

  11. May 25, 2013 12:27 am

    What a brilliant idea!

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      May 28, 2013 8:52 am

      Awe, well thank you :)

  12. May 25, 2013 7:35 am

    Yum! These toppings look unbelievable!

  13. VVernhard permalink
    May 26, 2013 10:34 pm

    Hat dies auf KP28 * Soul Food rebloggt und kommentierte:
    Super Idee und schmeckt schon beim Hinschaun lecker.

  14. May 28, 2013 11:50 am

    Reblogueó esto en Isabella'sy comentado:
    Cuando leí este post me transporte a mi infancia. A la salida del colegio algunas mamás emprendedoras vendían estos manjares, ideales para los calores de Guadalajara, había que comerlos rápidamente para que no se derritiera el chocolate y evitar manchar el auto de papá.
    Recuerdo la sensación de morder el plátano congelado y lo delicioso del chocolate.

  15. May 29, 2013 8:07 am

    Look delicious! We are going to have to try these : )

  16. May 31, 2013 6:07 pm

    Yum!! Looks great

  17. June 2, 2013 8:54 pm

    Delicious!! Make me one? Haha

  18. June 5, 2013 1:00 pm

    They look so yummy! I’m definitely going to try make these!

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