An eternity ago when we were on vacation (7 weeks is an eternity in vacation years! Right?), Mars rediscovered his deep love of frozen chocolate dipped banana’s covered in toasted almonds! Usually a treat sequestered to Disneyland and Summer Fairs. Now, Mars isn’t the kind of man who gets too excited about desserts! So, when he kept raving about this banana I knew it was time, to bring this Goddess of frozen treats, back into his life for good! I mean…how hard could it be?
Turns out, not hard at all! If you are a lover of this frozen fruit the good news is you can make them at home for about, oh, 1/100th of the cost of the aforementioned happiest places on earth! Mars is in heaven! He has told me they are as good as the one he purchased at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory! WOW! (I will take a humble bow!)
So, let’s monkey on up to this treat! (Yep, still working the puns!) First step is to cut your banana in half. We are doing this for two reason’s. First, unless you own a very deep ceramic bowl that an entire banana can fit into, doing a whole banana is impossible. Two, they are really heavenly and you want them to last more than one day! So, cut 4 banana’s in half and place a stick through the cut end about half way up the banana. Place them in a gallon size freezer zip lock bag and pop them in the freezer until frozen. About 4-5 hours or overnight is even better!
You are going to want to chop and toast about 2 cups of plain unsalted raw almonds. I chop mine in the food processor to make it easy peasy! Then plop them into a sauce pan over medium heat, stir, stir, stir until you smell that wonderful toasted almond smell. Then onto a paper plate to cool.
Remember that amazing chocolate satin glaze that I use for everything? (Including bathing? lol) We are using it on these too. I love this for dipping banana’s. It sets up quickly, and it gives you a nice thick creamy fudge type coating which is just out of this world! Another plus, it sticks to the banana and won’t crackle and fall off!
To make the glaze place your chocolate chips, corn syrup, and butter into a microwave safe glass bowl. Set your power to 50% and your cook time to 3 minutes. After three minutes remove and stir. Continue stirring until all the chocolate chips melt. If you need a little more time put it back in the microwave for another 30-60 seconds and repeat the stirring process. Once it is nice and smooth add your vanilla. Stir again. Time to go get those banana’s out of the freezer! Line a cookie sheet with wax paper or parchment paper. Dip the banana into the melted chocolate and twirl to evenly coat the banana. You may have to use a spoon to drizzle some over a bare spot or two but, cover that baby good! Then hold it up over the bowl and gently move your hand up and down to get any excess chocolate off.
Next roll it in the almonds. I place mine down on one side and gently sprinkle the other side with almonds until it is completely covered! Then I lay it on the lined baking sheet. Don’t worry about the stray nuts that fall off…those are your reward for all your hard work!
Once you have them all dipped you want to place that tray in the freezer for about an hour. Remove them from the freezer and they’re ready to devour! For those that you don’t eat…wrap them individually in plastic wrap, and place them in a zip lock bag in the freezer for a quick frozen treat any time.
There you have it! A frozen treat with about half the guilt! They are so great on a warm summer evening out on the deck watching the sunset! A really nice alternative to ice cream.
Chocolate dipped frozen banana’s just like you remember only better! Enjoy a little ‘nana love on us! Thanks for popping by! See ya soon.
This is the frozen treat you live for at the fair or your favorite amusement park! Frozen, hand dipped, chocolate banana's! So perfect on a warm summer night! The prep time includes freezing time!
This is the frozen treat you live for at the fair or your favorite amusement park! Frozen, hand dipped, chocolate banana's! So perfect on a warm summer night!
The prep time includes freezing time!