What are you doing for Labor Day Weekend? On the go? Weddings? Potluck with the neighbs? If you're hosting, this fun frozen treat is a real winner for kids and adults. It takes no time at all, has great texture, and is perfect to wave goodbye to Summer and hello to Fall with (one hand waiving, one hand holding your frozen treat). I love dessert on a stick!
So fun. So simple. They can last in your freezer for weeks if covered.
Frozen Chocolate Covered Bananas Rolled in Walnuts
(makes 12 pops)
3 bananas, but in half first, then in length
Dark Chocolate Chips (one bag)
1-2 cups walnuts
12 wooden skewers
Start with the bananas. They should be firm still. I like a little green. If they are starting to spot, start thinking smoothie or banana bread.
Go ahead and impale the bananas. OK, that's a little harsh. Must it's time for a three day weekend.
Freeze the bananas on a plate covered in Saran-wrap for 30 minutes to flash freeze them. I've skipped this step before, which is fine, but having them already frozen makes for the chocolat-ing and walnut-ing to be much easier.
During this time, put your walnuts (pistachios, peanuts and pecans also are great with bananas) into a bag and give them a good whacking. If you are having kids over, or people with nut allergies, you may want to have a few assorted flavors: sprinkles, butterscotch chips, sprinkled with cinnamon...etc. Let your creativity flow!
Get a large pot of boiling water going. Bring the water to a simmer. Just about 2 inches deep is enough water.
Add your chips into a heat safe glass bowl for a double boiler on top of the water pot. Stir the chocolate as it melts.
Your nuts are ready for assembly.
Using a spatula, cover each banana with the melted chocolate.
Immediately roll it through the plate of nuts.
Place back on the plate for the banana to sit and harden.
Re-freeze for another 30 minutes, or until you are ready to consume them.
I'm such a fan of easy desserts. Much rather put my time and effort into the dinner. By the time the meal is over, the last thing you want to do to busy yourself in the kitchen for the finishing touches of dessert. Open the freezer and BAM! Done!
I'd love your comments below on simple dessert recipes you love!
A perfect ending note. Have a great weekend!