So much has happened to this blog since I started it over a year ago, probably the most noticeable is that my photography skills have improved (sadly though my grammar, spelling and punctuation have not, but that is a whole other story, so please bear with me). I have decided to go back and reshoot some of my favourite recipe posts, giving them the makeover they deserve. Also included are step by step pictures, this is not only for the obvious reason that it makes following the recipes much easier, but it also highlights that the recipes don’t require any fancy techniques or chef skills.
These banana lollies could not be easier, I like to keep a stash frozen in the freezer and then top them when desired. A few days ago we had friends pop in to visit, and their daughter Evie was a little peckish, so I simply whipped one out of the freezer and melted a touch of chocolate then let her drizzle and top her lolly. Not only did she keep herself busy with the decorating of it, but she then enjoyed a healthy snack.
Using four bananas that are close to turning (when they reach this point in my house they need to be peeled and frozen because nobody will touch them).
Peel them and slice them in half
Insert the lolly sticks into the sliced end
Transfer to a freezable container and freeze for at least 12 hrs. As I mentioned earlier, in summer I keep a stash in the freezer to either eat as is, or top when desired (hint, they are really great after a workout!)
To melt the chocolate, using 1/2 cup choc chips and 1/2 tsp coconut oil, melt in the microwave on medium heat for 30 seconds, stop, stir, anther 30 seconds, stop stir, then it may need another 30 seconds. Remove from the microwave and just keep stirring until all the chocolate pieces are melted.
You will need to line everything up creating a work area of melted chocolate, a plate with chopped hazelnuts and an empty plate to lie the lollies on once they have been topped.
Simple dip the frozen banana in the melted chocolate (note, you need to move fast as the chocolate freezes really quickly)
Dunk and roll in the hazelnuts, then either return them to the fridge or enjoy immediately.
For a touch of colour, add a sprinkle of rose petals to the hazelnuts – not a necessity though.
- 4 ripe bananas
- 8 wooden lolly sticks
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips - I prefer Willies Cacao drops (from Waitrose)
- 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
- 1/2 tsp coconut oil
- Peel and slice the bananas in half.
- Insert a wooden lolly stick into the cut end.
- Transfer the bananas to a plastic freezer tub, and freeze for at least 12hrs if not longer.
- Melt the chocolate and coconut oil (see above for my microwave method)
- Line up the bananas, melted chocolate, hazelnuts on a plate, and regular sized plate.
- In a production line dip the banana in chocolate, roll in hazelnuts and place on the plate.
- Repeat until all the bananas are finished.
- Either return them to the freezer or serve immediately.