A little while back, I went through somewhat of a baking slump. I really wanted to make some desserts for myself, but the thought of going through all the steps of making something and then waiting for it to bake/cool/ice was just too much for my brain to commit to.
During this baking slump, as I was sitting in biology, I suddenly had the brilliant solution.
Chocolate covered bananas.
Chocolate covered bananas were "healthier", easy to make, and could be finished minutes from when I started. There was only one problem.
I had steered clear from chocolate covered bananas since I was about 9-10 years old.
Let me explain.
Back in the day, we had a house in Brigantine. During one of our summer stops at the local ice cream shop, I thought I'd be different and get myself a chocolate covered banana. There I was, just enjoying my banana on a stick, when a 12 year old boy walked up to me.
Me, being 10 year old me, thought immediately "THIS IS IT! ALL MY DREAMS ARE ABOUT TO COME TRUE!"
As he came forward with his 12 year old swagger I just waited for him to tell me he'd seen me in Brigantine summer after summer and that he couldn't wait to profess his feelings for me any longer.....
He made a comment about how the shape of the banana I was eating resembled a certain male body part, laughed, and walked away fist pumping his visor clad other 12 year old friend.
Well let me tell you, that was just it.
I vowed to never eat a chocolate covered banana on a stick again. (And most likely blubbered in a corner for ten minutes.)
Call it luck, call it fate. But when I came home that day some 11 years later to make these, we didn't have any popsicle sticks. Therefore the banana bite was born.
Just to amp these babies up even more, I sprinkled some honey roasted peanuts on top. And let me tell you they are so so good. They come together in a cinch and last in the freezer for a good few days.
I'm super glad these helped me get over my baking funk as well as my 10 year old self fear of chocolate covered bananas. These are a dessert I am likely to make time and time again.
So make these. But don't think of 10 year old me. She's better left in 1999 with her boy bands and elvis posters and dreams of true love at the beach.
Honey Roasted Peanut Chocolate Covered Banana Bites
12 oz semisweet chocolate
1 cup honey roasted peanuts (chopped)
Chop bananas into 1 inch pieces. Place on wax paper on baking sheet and set aside. Melt chocolate in microwave stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. Dip each banana piece and place on wax paper. Sprinkle with chopped honey roasted peanuts immediately. After all banana bites have been dipped let sit in freezer at least 2 hours before eating. Keep in freezer until ready to eat for best results.
Recipe: a Mary original