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Spicy Chocolate-Covered Apple Bananas

Posted Feb 21 2010 10:53am

Here’s a simple recipe you can make if you’re craving a frozen dessert, but wanting a little more, fruit-wise.  Here in Hawaii, we have apple bananas which are about half the size of regular bananas.  I also find them to have more flavor even though they’re less sweet, and they’re more firm which makes them perfect for this recipe.  You can use baby bananas (or just halve a regular one) if you can’t find apple bananas in your area.  I love the idea of incorporating new spices to familiar flavors – that little hint of cayenne pepper in the chocolate leaves you wondering, “Hmm…what is that?” and is a unique addition to the sweet flavor profile.

There’s this cute shop in Balboa Island that sells frozen bananas, and I thought of those as I made my version.  It’s always nice to associate a little nostalgia with your food; with this recipe, I thought of the long weekend walks I’d have with my parents along the cute streets here in Newport Beach.

Spicy Chocolate-Covered Apple Bananas

2 baby or apple bananas

1/2 cup semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate baking chips

1 Tbsp reduced-fat peanut butter

2 Tbsp fat-free milk

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp Saigon cinnamon

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Optional: toppings, like chopped almonds to sprinkle on the chocolate

Preparation:

1.  In a microwave bowl, heat all ingredients (except the bananas) in increments of 15-20 seconds a time, stirring in between heating periods until all ingredients are combined and smooth.  Insert a popsicle stick (a wooden chopstick works great!) into the banana.  Dip the apple bananas (or baby bananas) into the spiced chocolate mixture until coated.  If you want to add additional toppings, sprinkle them on.  Freeze on wax paper for about 45 minutes- 1 hour or until chocolate mixture has firmed.

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