Party-size Chocobananas

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Preparation time
180 mins
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Ice lolly (popsicle) sticks
1 tbspn
vegetable oil
150 grams
dark chocolate (the higher the cocoa, content the better)
ripe, firm bananas
1 ¾ cup
finely chopped unsalted peanuts, ready on a saucer
1 ¾ cup
crushed or chopped granola or your favourite kind of cereal, ready on a separate saucer
Party-size Chocobananas

Chocobananas are essentially frozen bananas on a stick, dipped in chocolate.

They are fun to make, especially with children, and make for creative party food. I served these at the blog launch event in Colombia and they were a hit!

They can almost pass as a healthy snack, if like me you can’t quite kick the chocolate from your diet, or you’re looking for an alternative to ice cream on a hot summer day.

The chocobanana is an ingenious Guatemalan invention that is sold all over the country, by street vendors and in corner stores. There was a time when I was consuming one a day when living in Guatemala. My cravings for chocobananas continued even after leaving the country, so I decided to have a go at making them at home. Here’s the recipe so you too can share in the fruit-filled chocolate fun.

Makes approximately 15 party-sized chocobananas

  1. Find a baking tray that will fit in your freezer and cover with foil or Clingfilm
  2. Peel the bananas and divide each one into three. Insert a stick into each third to create a lolly (as we’d say in the UK). Place all the bananas on the baking tray and put in the freezer for 30 minutes
  3. Now make the chocolate mixture. Break the chocolate into pieces and put in to a glass bowl with the oil. Melt the chocolate either in the microwave (stirring every 30 seconds for 2 minutes until melted) or in a bowl over a half-full pan of simmering water, stirring continuously
  4. Take each banana piece and dip into the melted chocolate. You may need to spoon over the chocolate to make sure the whole banana is fully covered
  5. Next, once the drips have stopped, roll the banana in the topping of your choice
  6. Carefully place the topped banana on the baking tray. Repeat with the rest of the bananas pieces until you’ve used all the ingredients
  7. Now place the tray in the freezer and leave overnight. If you can’t wait, try one after 2 hours; the banana should be frozen in the middle and the chocolate has set. They’re best kept in an airtight container in the freezer. And there you have it, homemade chocobananas!

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