Friday, August 13, 2010
Frozen Banana Pops
Sorry for the long break in between postings lately. We've been busy getting settled into our new house and all the time-consuming things that go along with it. I was also delaying this next post until my hubby got his new camera because I knew it would make them look even cuter!
Seriously, how cute are these? It has been so darn hot here lately that I thought these would make a wonderful afternoon treat. You can use really any toppings you would like. I used a variety of sprinkles but some other ideas could be nuts, crumbled cookie crumbs, and coconut.
Leave a comment for me if you make these and let me know what kind of toppings you used!
Frozen Banana Pops
3 bananas not overly ripe
5 oz semi-sweet chocolate
5 oz white chocolate
3 t. shortening
6 popsicle or lollipop sticks
Peel the bananas and cut each in half. Push a popsicle stick part way through the cut end of the banana so it looks like a popsicle. Set the popsicles on a cutting board or plastic plate, and place them in the freezer while you prepare the remaining ingredients. Having the bananas cold will help the chocolate harden faster.
Lay a sheet of parchment paper on the counter. Set out sprinkles. Put semi-sweet chocolate and 1½tsp of shortening in a bowl. Microwave the chocolate at 100% power for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat. Repeat a third time, if necessary, until the chocolate is completely melted. Repeat the process with the white chocolate.
Take 1 banana out of the freezer at a time. Place it on the parchment paper and pour your chocolate of choice over the top. Turn the banana to coat all sides.
Decorate the banana with the desired sprinkles. Hold it for about a minute so the chocolate can set, then replace it in the freezer. Repeat the coating and decorating process with the remaining bananas.
After all the bananas have been covered in chocolate and decorated, keep them in the freezer for 45–60 minutes. Enjoy!
Recipe makes 6 chocolate banana pops.