I loved making these for my kids while they were growing up and then teaching them how to make them as they learned to cook.
Perfect for a hot day, or any family time!
Very economical and who doesn’t love chocolate!
Come on along and I’ll show you how to make some up today.
6 -8 large bananas (use bananas that are ripe, but firm and not too ripe – see picture below)
1 bag of semi sweet or milk chocolate chips
1 Tbl. shortening
Toppings: sprinkles, chopped nuts, coconut or whatever you’d like
craft sticks aka Popsicle sticks
Line a cookie sheet with parchment or waxed paper
Cut the bananas in half , or in chunks about 3 inches in length, which is easier for dipping and eating.
Make a small slit in 3 places at the cut end of the banana to make it easier to peel.
Place stick in end of the banana, pushing in about half way through to make it secure. If cutting into chunks, push craft stick almost through the banana piece.
Place bananas in freezer to help them be a bit more firm when dipping. While the bananas are in the freezer, pour the chocolate chips into a microwavable bowl, along with the shortening. Heat the chocolate chips and shortening for 30 seconds, stir and repeat a few times until the chocolate is melted and smooth. **Do not over heat as this will make the chocolate clumpy and not usable for this recipe. When the chocolate is melted, take the bananas out of the freezer, and one at a time, roll in the bowl of melted chocolate using a spatula to help coat the banana with chocolate, scrapping of a bit of chocolate if it is too thick. As the chocolate cools off after dipping a few bananas, reheat in small increments, stirring so as not to burn the chocolate.
Roll in desired toppings, or leave plain.
Place the bananas back in the freezer to firm up as each one is coated. Enjoy now while the center is still soft, or place in a zip-lock freezer bag to eat later. Some like the frozen bananas straight from the freezer and some like to let them sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes to soften a bit making the center of the banana creamy and like ice cream. Either way, ENJOY!!!
Recipe by Carrie Groneman, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013
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