Chocolate Covered Bananas



2 or 3 bananas 1/2 cup chocolate chips
1-2 tablespoons peanut butter
Choice of extra toppings to sprinkle

 I remember as a child, my mother would take a whole banana and cut it in half, making for a wonderful chocolate covered banana pop. In the small town I was raised in, in the Texas Panhandle,  we had a Dairy Queen that sold these marvelous treats too. I think my mom got savvy and realized she was forking out an awful lot of "snack-money" on D.Q. treats that she could make herself. I will say, nothing tastes as good as when your momma makes it. So here's you the simplest recipe that has the potential to make some pretty good memories.

Slice your bananas in whatever size you like.  I have chosen to slice mine into fun bite size pieces.

So, after slicing your bananas, put them on a wax paper lined plate or baking sheet and freeze until solid (up to a few hours, depending on how thick or thin you sliced your bananas).

While they are "chillin", place chocolate in a microwave safe dish. Melt in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted and creamy. Add your peanut butter just before the last 30 second interval.  Don't get in a hurry, if you cook your chocolate too long withought stirring, well, let's just say, you will not like the results. So, be patient and do short spurts of heat, stirring in between each.

 I will pass on a little tip here. If you will poor your melted chocolate into a tall slimmer dish, or glass, you can easily dunk your banana down into the melted chocolate, submersing it instead of wallering it around in a shallow pool of chocolate. Either method you choose, it tastes the same.

You can use a toothpick inserted into your frozen banana bites as a dipping tool. Now, coat each banana piece with the chocolate mixture, give a little "tap-tap" to shake of any extra chocolate (did I really just say that?) and return to the wax paper lined baking sheet. 

If you really want to be the hero, after dipping in chocolate (before it hardens), sprinkle with goodies of choice.... nuts, sprinkles, coconut, crushed toffee bits, ect.   Toppings are completely optional but a nice touch.  I've chosen to keep mine plain, for now.

Now stick 'em back into the freezer. Freeze for a while, just to really let everything stick together and adhere before serving. If you are thinking there will be any left over for another time (haha, right) then, place in an air tight freezer safe container or zip loc and store in the freezer.

If by chance you have some leftover melted chocolate and a few raisins laying around, well, (you see where I'm going with this) remelt your chocolate (15 seconds to begin with), and yes, dump in some raisins and Vio'la! Chocolate covered raisins. It may only make just enough for one person, but, no worries, your secret is safe with me. Now, go on. Go make a memory for someone, and Enjoy!

Have a blessed Memorial Day weekend!

Ryda 



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