Today is the last day of holidays for me and I am sure a few others but that doesn’t mean the last day of summer fun. With daylight savings in NSW and Victoria there is plenty of time after work to enjoy a picnic, a quick swim at the beach or a run etc and enjoy the outdoors. (Hope all you Queenslanders are morning people as you get the early starts!) But as the last day of holidays approaches I also start to think about meal preparation as going to the shops too regularly is a sure way to spend too much, waste food and buy things I don’t need.
So I wanted to share with you, this delicious little snack that is mostly healthy but also a little bit of a treat and it’s perfect for warm afternoons or evenings. You may have even had them as a kid? It’s the humble chocolate coated frozen banana! I love bananas, but I am SO fussy with them. They can’t be too green but they also can’t be too ripe and once they hit that too ripe I can’t bring myself it eat them unless it is in a smoothie or something. But frozen, you can’t tell that they are mushy and soft and the more ripe they are they actually have more flavour.
Ok so if you have never made them before they are quite easy to make (a little messy if you’re anything like me!) and I have included some instructions below.
What you need:
- Dark Chocolate (the cooking type if possible)
- An assortment of nuts, seeds and coconut
- Paddle pop sticks (I used bamboo skewers but wouldn’t recommend them as they are too hard to hold!)
- Baking paper
- A saucepan
- A large heatproof bowl
- A mixing spoon
What to do:
- Peel the bananas and cut them into snack size pieces (about 3 -4 pieces if they are big bananas). Push them onto the paddle pop sticks gently.
- Boil some water in the saucepan then turn back to a light boil and put the heat proof bowl on top of the saucepan. Tip the chocolate into the bowl. (I used about half a block for 3-4 bananas). Once it starts to melt, stir it to help it along.
- Spread 2 pieces of baking paper on the bench ready.
- Crush or chop the nuts and mix together (or you may choose to keep them separate and do different ‘flavours’) Spread the nuts onto one of the pieces of baking paper.
- Once the chocolate has melted, turn off the stove and remove it. (Be careful of the boiling condensation on the underside of the bowl. Place the bowl on a tea towel on the bench.
- Dip the bananas in one at a time, use a spoon to help spread the chocolate all over.
- Then roll in the nuts and place it on the other piece of baking paper.
- Once you have made a few, put them in the freezer to set.
- Leave for about 20mins then you can remove them from the paper and put them in a container or taste test!
- If you have left over chocolate you can mix in the left over nuts and put it into a chocolate mold.
Enjoy! Share you photos with me if you make any by tagging @ohmell on instagram. x