Your Tuesday needs these.
If you’ve never tried a chocolate-covered, frozen banana, you’re totally missing out.
You may be wondering how a frozen banana can be that incredible, but somehow it tastes like a delicious ice cream treat. They actually have even started selling these things in stores, but they’re so freakin’ simple, why not just make your own? Plus, then you can customize them!
I topped mine with bittersweet chocolate, sprinkles, and slivered almonds (and one that I dunked in white chocolate because I had some to use up), but feel free to get creative! You could swap out the almonds for other various chopped nuts; walnuts or peanuts would both be awesome. You could also crush up some Oreos, or other cookies, and sprinkle that on the chocolate (If I had any Oreos while I was making these, I TOTALLY would have done that!).
I used some shark sprinkles for a couple of mine since it’s Shark Week and all. You guys know that I’m obsessed with sharks, but you may not know that I actually am not very fond of Discovery’s Shark Week. What used to be a week long effort to educate the general public about this amazing creatures and disprove fears, and become exactly the opposite. They’ve decided to feed into the fear mongering and are now even spreading lies.
I watched this year’s first Shark Week special on Sunday night—Shark of Darkness: Wrath of the Submarine, and Mikey can tell you that I spent the entirety of the episode shouting at my TV. It was the most enraging and outlandish thing I’ve seen in a while (you may have seen me yelling on Twitter about it, haha). They basically made a fake documentary about a rogue, super-sized Great White, whose favorite food is people. I could not be more disappointed in a Network that claims to be “the world’s #1 non-fiction company.” Now they are lying to real shark scientists to get them to participate in horrible science fiction shows that make sharks out to be bloodthirsty beasts? What a joke.
Agggghhhh okay, I’ll stop, it’s just that sharks and their conservation are one of my main life passions, and its hard enough to get people to admire and respect them (and stop killing them by the millions!) with silly movies like Jaws out there, but now a science channel adding even more crap to the mix *yelling incomprehensibly*? Shark rant over.
BUT ANYWAYS, haha, these are delicious and you will love them! Plus they’re super easy, and would be really fun to make with kids. You could set out a bunch of toppings and melted chocolate choices, and have everyone make their own perfect banana pop!
Yield: 8 pops
- 4 large bananas, peeled and cut in half
- 8 popsicle sticks of some sort
- 1 pound chocolate chips of choice (I used bittersweet and did one with white chocolate)
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- toppings: sprinkles, nuts (I used slivered almonds!), crushed cookies, etc.
- Stick a popsicle stick up into the center of each banana half (but don;t poke it all the way through the other side). Lay the bananas on sticks on a baking sheet lined with foil and freeze until solid.
- In a large bowl add the chocolate chips and coconut oil. Heat in the microwave for 45 seconds, stir very well, then continue heating is 15-second increments, stirring super well after each, until fully melted.
- Dip the frozen banana halves in the chocolate and coat completely. Working quickly, sprinkle with your desired toppings (the chocolate will begin to harden pretty quickly). Place back on the lined baking sheet and freeze until solid.
- Serve frozen for a delicious, cold treat!