Sunday, August 4, 2013

Frozen Banana Pops

So, this is what our copy looked like before all the splatters. 
For as long as I can remember whenever my mom wanted to be culinarily creative she'd always turn to her 1980 Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook.  Her faithful fooding find has been my guide to many delicious dinners and more kitchen messes.  Literally, I've looked through its index more times than I can count, so when my latest summer craze was recently spotted I figured I'd leave the pre-made packages alone and attempt to make Diana's Bananas myself.

Now, you have to realize what I've got to work when it comes to a kitchen...a side-by-side set of college refrigerators and no working oven.  So, if I can make it work with my limited skill set and less than ideal cookery, trust me when I say this is a recipe for all!

What You'll Need:
-6 bananas, peeled and sliced crosswise into thirds
-1 package wooden popsicle sticks
-16 oz. package semisweet chocolate pieces
-2 tablespoons  butter

After peeling and cutting your bananas, the first step is to skewer the fruit with popsicle sticks.  Word to the wise, I found my popsicle sticks in the craft/school supplies section of my grocery store--not the baked or frozen aisles.

Then, freeze the bananas for about 30 minutes.  I literally just put them on a paper plate and left them in there as I watched an episode of The Cosby Show; no plastic wrap or aluminum foil required here.

Once your 30 minutes are up, remove the bananas from the freezer.  Take one at a time, dipping them into your melted chocolate, making sure its completely covered.

I just left mine plain, and they were pretty tasty.  But you can also roll the chocolate coated banana in chopped nuts, toasted coconut, or sprinkles to add a little extra flair.

Your sweet treats can be eaten right away, but I'd suggest placing them on a wax paper lined baking sheet and popping them back in the freezer for a bit.

Once they're completely frozen, the bananas can be stored in a plastic bag and should stay fresh for about a week.
Now, the only problem is they're just like Lays Potato Chips...I can't eat just one! 
There you go.  Here's a chance to relive your childhood without breaking the bank or cringing at the calorie count! 

And if you're just really in the banana-y mood, here's a recipe for Not Yo Momma's Banana  Pudding.  It's not quite as healthy but just as delicious.

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