Monday, July 26, 2010

How to make frozen chocolate banana pops?


Frozen Chocolate Banana Pops are surely irresistible. The sweet flavor of a frozen banana covered with thin coating of shiny chocolate, chopped nuts, toasted coconut, and candy sprinkles are the perfect combination for children and adults to love.

Try making these frozen chocolate banana pops with your kids around as a fun way of introducing them to the pleasures of the kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • 115 grams chopped semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon light olive oil
  • 3 large ripe bananas - take ripe bananas that are still a little firm and cut it into 2-3 inch chunks.
Garnish:
  • Chopped peanuts, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts or pistachios
  • Toasted unsweetened coconut
  • Granola
  • Sprinkles or Chocolate Jimmies

Note: To toast coconut, place in a 300 degree F (150 degrees C) oven and bake for about 3-5 minutes or until lightly browned. Watch carefully.

Procedure:
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, wax paper, or aluminum foil.
  2. Cut the bananas into 2 - 3 inch (5 - 7 cm) chunks. Insert a popsicle stick into the pieces of banana. Place on the prepared baking sheet and freeze for 15 minutes.
  3. Melt the chocolate and olive in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water.(Note: you may substitute light olive oil with vegetable oil)
  4. Remove the frozen bananas from the freezer and, taking one piece of banana at a time, dip in the melted chocolate, making sure the banana is completely covered with chocolate.
  5. Roll (or sprinkle) the chocolate coated banana in chopped nuts, toasted coconut, granola, or colored sprinkles.
  6. Place all pops on the baking sheet and freeze.
  7. Once completely frozen, the bananas can be stored in a covered container, for about one week.
To serve, place the frozen chocolate banana pops in the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving to soften the bananas.

Yield: Makes about 9 frozen chocolate bananas pops.

Via [Joyofbaking]

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