Saturday, November 22, 2008
Frozen Chocolate Covered Banana Bites
My younger son had an assignment to complete for his Bear rank in Cub Scouts. He was to help make a snack that he would share with the Den. It was suggested by my husband (who took over my role as Den Leader) that the boys consider making something other than a cookie, maybe even something nutritious. All the boys were bringing their snack on the same day so they didn't need to make a huge quantity.
I had an idea to meet it in the middle. I also needed a fast, non-baked snack due to busy-ness.
I thought of the chocolate covered bananas sold at fairs and figured I could adapt it into bite sized pieces.
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips, Ghiradelli is my favorite brand
1 Tablespoon butter
3 medium bananas, or 2 large
jelly roll pan or some pan that fits in your freezer
Make room in your freezer to fit the pan.
Put wax paper on the bottom of the pan.
Cut the bananas with a butter knife, into chunks about 3/4 of an inch thick.
Stab the banana pieces with the toothpicks and place them on the waxed paper in the pan.
Freeze for one hour (at least).
After the freezing time---
Microwave for 30 seconds, the chips and the butter, in a microwave safe container. Stir well, don't rush it. Microwave another 15 seconds, stir well, note how it melts more when you stir it, it doesn't just melt when the microwave is heating it. Repeat this until all the chocolate is melted. Do not burn it.
Pick up each toothpicked banana, and dip the banana into the chocolate to coat it. Let the excess drip back into the container. Place on waxed paper.
Repeat until done.
If you get low on chocolate use a spoon to drizzle it over the banana while holding it over the container.
Freeze for at least 2-3 more hours. Overnight is fine.
Bite banana off the toothpick. Do not eat toothpick.
(The boys liked these, by the way!)