Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Nutella Dipped Frozen Bananas Recipe


Watch the video to get a better idea on how these come together as a quick and easy treat!

Banana's left whole or cut into chunks as I did

Toothpicks or  wooden skewers

1/4 cup Nutella  (I had tried to microwave for around 10 seconds to get smooth I don't recommend that as it doesn't melt well and clumps up, I found it worked better at room temperature or if you do microwave only 12 seconds to a small 1/4 cup.) A little messier to spread but still wonderful!) Also make sure the Nutella is fresh not too old or dried out,  it gets too thick. My last tip is to mix the Nutella with 1/4 cup melted good grade chocolate for a smoother finish!

NOTE if you can't find Nutella ( use a good grade melted chocolate with heavy cream in equal amounts 1 cup of cream 1 cup of chocolate, which makes a ganache see recipe for ganache) or click here for homemade Nutella Recipe  from Curt's Delectable Blog.) proceed with directions below.

Slice banana in 2 or 3 inch long chunks or (left whole and cut later) Tip:  (easiest to spread on frozen first)
Optional: crushed cookies of your choice, crushed grahams crackers, finely chopped hazelnuts, chocolate sprinkles or crushed almonds or mini chocolate chips
Parchment paper


Place the banana on the parchment paper lined cookie sheet, with a spreader, spread Nutella on the bottom of a whole (skin off) banana place on parchment lined sheet pan or dip chunks into Nutella and place on parchment paper. Then smooth the top of the banana with back part of the teaspoon to carefully cover any parts of the banana still showing sealing all the way around with Nutella.

Note: ( If using nuts lined the bottom of the parchment with nuts first, nutella, place banana on top of this mixture and proceed the same for the top using nutella first then sprinkling with nuts.) A little messy but your going to like the results and taste later! Place a toothpick every two to three inches apart in the banana and freeze for at least an hour.

I didn't smooth them out here with the back of the spoon, I just glopped it on and frozen them! I couldn't wait to eat these, they are one of my favorite desserts, even as a child!

Slice every two inches after they are frozen and eat use a very sharp knife!  Refreeze cut leftovers in a zip lock bag.

These were very difficult to photograph since it was a very hot sun, don't let the picture discourage you they still tasted great!
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