March 28, 2011

Banana Bites

So lets see, what do kids like in food?
Finger food? Check
Sweets? Check
Frozen treats? Check

Okay awesome, so your kids will like these.  They are frozen banana bites, very ripe bananas (not brown ripe, just starting to go,) dark chocolate (you could use milk if you really wanted, but it's not as good for you,) and an assortment of toppings.  I used chopped up reese's pieces (get those away from me, the temptation is to great!) toasted coconut, a chopped up skor bar and some toasted peanuts.  So there you go, a half healthy treat (really healthy if you stick with the coconut) I think your kinds (and mine one day!) will love.

Banana Bites

From an addition of Bon Appetit April 09

A few things to note: Try to use chocolate that is less sweet, the bananas and candy are already very sweet.
Also, you can try numerous toppings for this recipes, like your favourite sandwich cookies, toffee bits, an assortment of finely chopped toasted nuts, or any brittle candy bars.

2 c bittersweet chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate chunks which worked well)
2 Tbsp canola oil (I forgot this step!)
An assortment of toppings
3 rip bananas cut into 1/2 inch thick slices

Stir the chocolate and oil in a medium bowl over simmering water until just smooth, you want to keep the temperature as low as possible.  Let sit for 15 minutes (important!)

Place each topping in a separate small bowl.  Line a tray with tin foil.  Using one hand dip the banana slices into the  chocolate, shake off the excess and drop in topping bowl.  With your other hand sprinkle the topping all around and transfer to foil lined pan.  Repeat.  Freeze the bananas until they are firm, at least three hours.

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