Last week I ordered my groceries online. I don’t do this frequently and there was a little mix up with my substitutions. I ended up with 47 bananas. I feed a family of six and we like bananas, but 47 was more than we would eat before they became overripe. I immediately peeled the ripe bananas and cut them into slices for the freezer. We will use them for banana ice cream and smoothies. But I also decided to make one of my favorite treats, Banana Bonbons.
Banana Bonbons are basically chocolate dipped frozen bananas. They are a fun treat and are simple to make. Frozen sliced bananas are dipped in melted chocolate mixed with coconut oil (the same mixture as chocolate dipped strawberries.) My girls like to top the chocolate dipped bananas with toasted almonds. They add a little texture and flavor to the bonbons.
2-3 Ripe Bananas
1 Cup Chocolate Chips
1 teaspoon Coconut Oil
Chopped Toasted Almonds (Optional)
Peel and slice bananas into 1/2 -3/4 inch slices. Place sliced bananas on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze the bananas for 8 hours or overnight.
Place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl that is not too large. You want the chocolate to be deep enough to dip. You could also use a 1 cup glass measuring cup. Add the coconut oil to the chocolate chips and microwave on high for 1 minute. Gently stir the chocolate. If it is not completely melted after stirring, microwave another 20 seconds. Stir well and repeat 20 second intervals until the chocolate is fully melted, but be careful not to overheat the chocolate as it will burn easily. The chips will hold their shape even when melted so it is important to stir frequently.
Dip the frozen banana slices in the chocolate and sprinkle with almonds if desired. The chocolate will harden in less than 3 minutes. You can eat them immediately or place in an airtight container or zip bag and freeze.
It is best to let the bonbons sit at room temperature for a minute before eating, or they will be very hard. But, if they sit a room temperature for too long the banana inside will be soft and mushy.