Hello again, at long last! How I’ve missed you, dear readers, and how I’ve missed sharing on my little blog. The last month has been a whirlwind of house hunting, cat sitting and various work projects – including becoming a contributor over at A Beautiful Mess! If another few weeks go by without a new recipe or DIY here at Crafts and a Cat, pop over to ABM and there’s a good chance I’ll have a new post up there. You know, if you’re really missing me (hi mom!). And now, the time is ripe (not sorry) to share an old favorite of mine, frozen chocolate dipped bananas.
I’ve been making these since high school, when the only other things I could make were cheesy pasta and PB&J’s. They’re wonderfully easy – you dip the bananas in melted chocolate, add toppings and freeze. I’ve made them with kids too, and it’s a lot of fun when you (the adult) do the dipping and the kiddos get to go crazy with sprinkles, crushed cookie bits and the like. These toppings are the grown up version: toasted coconut, for my coconut loving husband, simple yet decadent flaky sea salt, and a Greek-inspired one with dried rose petals and chopped pistachios from the Kosmas family orchard in Greece. Yes, I am that spoiled. Next time I’m going to try freeze dried fruit and tiny candied flowers. What would your ideal toppings be?
- 6 medium bananas
- 16 oz. semisweet chocolate
- 1/4 cup chopped pistachios
- 1/4 cup chopped organic rose petals
- 1 tbsp flaky sea salt
- 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, sprinkled with sugar and salt and toasted
- Peel and cut the bananas in half. Insert popsicle sticks. Set aside.
- Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water, stirring occasionally.
- Dip the bananas into the chocolate, turning to coat all sides evenly.
- Lay on a parchment lined baking sheet and sprinkle with toppings.
- Freeze 4-5 hours, or until bananas are completely frozen.
- Let bananas sit out for 5-10 minutes before eating.
- Freeze skewered banana halves for an hour before dipping in chocolate.
- Hold the dipped banana and allow the chocolate to set – it will darken and visibly harden within a minute or two.
- Dip again, then add toppings.