I’ve been doing a lot of complaining about the heat. It’s too hot to function and all I want to do is take cold showers and drink iced coffee. Every day for the last 3 weeks after work, as soon as I’ve walked in through our front door, I’ve kick off my shoes and reached for an ice cream. And then eaten Conor’s ice cream too, if he let me. And whilst the current weather situation probably excuses excessive ice cream consumption, I can’t help but feel a little guilty.
The very first thing I “made” for Conor when we first met were frozen bananas. Introduced is probably a better word, because there was no making involved. I’ve been known to freeze bananas by the bagful and despite my assurance I wasn’t the only one who did this (it’s a real thing) he wasn’t convinced. Ignoring his raised eyebrows, I went ahead and froze some for him anyway. He didn’t like them and we almost didn’t get married.
Recently I’ve decided to up upgrade my frozen bananas by dunking in chocolate and smothering with crushed nuts. It’s more of a how-to than a recipe, and probably doesn’t need a whole blog post for it, but I’m going to go ahead and share this anyway, with two different versions – dark chocolate and walnuts and white chocolate and pistachio.
- For dark chocolate & walnut
- 3-4 bananas
- 200g dark chocolate
- Handful of walnuts, roughly chopped
- For the white chocolate & pistachio:
- 3-4 bananas
- 200g white chocolate
- Raspberry powder (optional)
- Handful of pistachios, roughly chopped
- Peel bananas and cut in half. Insert a lolly stick and place on a sheet of greaseproof paper on a baking tray. Place in the freezer for 2-3 hours.
- Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl and position this over a pot of simmering water. Allow the chocolate to melt and then pour into a narrow glass/container. Place the chopped nuts into a shallow dish.
- Remove bananas from the freezer. Dip bananas into the melted chocolate and then quickly roll/coat bananas in the toppings (this needs to happen quickly because the chocolate will start to solidify as soon as it touches the frozen bananas). Return bananas to the greasproof paper and place back into the freezer.
- When ready to eat, leave out of the freezer for at least 10 minutes before enjoying.