I couldn’t leave a healthy week without a dessert. I can always use a treat even if I’ve been good all day, but I don’t want it to kill my healthy streak either. I think it’s important to do something delectable for yourself each day otherwise life would be boring.
One of my favorites is definitely frozen bananas. There is just something so simple about a frozen banana dunked in dark chocolate and sprinkled with almonds and caramel. Mmm, yeah that’s probably the one for me. There’s a food truck that I see often in my city that will do exactly that banana and I think it really is heaven.
Since I was doing resolution week I thought I would forgo the caramel this time and turn to other ideas. I actually have two different ones for you today, but I would love to know what your favorite frozen banana toppings are – healthy or down right sinful.
(By the way, my daughter Juliet stole my camera mid shoot and took the above picture. Yeah, she can be my photo consultant.)
I still had to do almonds because those go so well with bananas, but so does coconut. I’m honestly not sure why I didn’t think of coconut before because these are freaking amazing! Maybe I’ll add caramel…. Ok! Ok! I won’t add caramel. This time…
My brother David – he’s the 4th oldest – came over for dinner the night I made these and I figured I should make a more manly frozen banana. I mean I suppose he might like almonds and coconut but he also likes spicy stuff and doesn’t chocolate go well with chiles? Sunflower seeds and sea salt of course!
Well I suppose those are not common toppings for frozen bananas, but David loved them so I vote they were a success. Granted, he did say “it wasn’t spicy at all” which is one of his favorite phrases. Now… you have to understand, if he’s not sweating profusely and breathing like he’s dying, then it’s not spicy enough. I don’t aim that high. If you are a sweating, scary breathing loving type of person then by all means – add more chile powder!
Oh and by the way, eat the bananas right after pulling them out of the freezer. David and I got to chatting and left the bananas sitting on a plate for a bit to long. Bleh, they got soggy and weird. So don’t do that.
I love that these are a couple of bites apiece, so I wrapped a few in wax paper in the freezer so they are ready when I want them. It’s that excited moment you get at 9:30 at night when you realize you can have a bite of an amazing frozen banana dipped in dark chocolate because they are right there waiting for me. Hmm, yeah I’m going to get one now.
- 4 bananas, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
- 11 ½ ounce bag dark chocolate chips
- ¼ cup coconut chips
- ¼ cup sliced or chopped almonds
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ teaspoon chile powder
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Stick each banana with a toothpick. Freeze on wax paper until firm, at least two hours.
- Put toppings in separate bowls. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave at half power. Stir every 30 seconds until the chips are melted. Dip banana pieces in chocolate then roll in or sprinkle on howver many toppings you want.