Kick your chocolate covered bananas up a notch with a layer of sweet blueberry! Add chopped hazelnuts and you’ve got a total winner. Try these today!
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When I was a child I hated bananas. I’m pretty sure you couldn’t pay me to eat a whole banana. Fast forward 15 or so years and I eat bananas like they are going out of style. It’s honestly no surprise if I eat two or three in a day. I know that’s not the most healthy thing to do. But they are quite hard for me to resist.
Bananas go in everything I can imagine. In fact I have a great banana oatmeal in store for you guys this week! But one of my favorite ways to enjoy bananas is with chocolate.
Chocolate can be a very tough ingredient to find if you’re soy and dairy free. Thank goodness for Enjoy Life chocolate chips. They are Top 8 free and delicious. You can get some from Amazon here if you can’t find them at your local grocer. If you have no problems with soy or dairy feel free to use whatever chocolate you have in your pantry!
I’ve always enjoyed frozen chocolate covered bananas. But you as an OCD Kitchen reader deserve more don’t you think? Let’s take this and step it up a little bit. Let’s add a middle layer of blueberry. There’s even a extra layer of flavor with some spicy cinnamon thrown in. Why? Why not.
There are a lot of different ways you can take this recipe. The only thing that’s really mandatory for me is the banana. But if you wanted to switch that out for another fruit you definitely could. The only thing to watch out for is that when bananas freeze they get a creamy texture vs something like a strawberry that gets a break your tooth kind of texture. Delicious…just rock hard. You could also top these anyway you see fit. Sprinkles, shredded coconut, more chocolate chips no judgments.
Having said that feel free to switch it up with these guys! In the picture below I have them three ways. From top to bottom we have banana blueberry (no chocolate) with hazelnuts, then all three layers with hazelnuts, and finally all three layers minus the nuts. You could also omit the blueberry layer all together and just go for a basic chocolate covered banana. Always delicious!
The biggest tip I can give you for these is to let that blueberry layer fully freeze if you want to do the chocolate coating. If you don’t it sort of slides off in an unappetizing way. Don’t ask how I know that. Also in an food unrelated note. Have two hands on the pan when you take them out of the freezer. Or you may have some end up on the floor along with some of your tears. Oh well, live and learn!
Ready to make these yourself? These would be great for a party or just for me, I mean you. What else do you like chocolate covered? Tell me below! Don’t forget to follow my social channels and subscribe below to get exclusive content just for you!
- 1 cup frozen (or fresh) blueberries
- 2 tbsp cane sugar
- 2 tbsp water
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- pinch salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1-2 tbsp coconut oil (1 tbsp yields a thick layer of chocolate while 2 tbsp will allow for easier/thinner coverage)
- 4 bananas peeled and cut in half
- 8 popsicle sticks
- Push the popscicle sticks into the banana halves. Lay bananas so they are not touching on a parchment lined baking sheet (make sure it will easily slide in and out of your freezer). Freeze for 1 1/2 - 2 hrs.
- Meanwhile combine all the blueberry layer ingredients into a small sauce pot. Bring to a simmer. Cook 5-10 minutes until the blueberries have softened and sugar has melted.
- Transfer blueberry mixture to a blender (or use an immersion blender) and blend until smooth.
- Transfer to small bowl and place into fridge to cool. We want it cold before we put it on the bananas.
- Once bananas are frozen take blueberry mixture and spoon over bananas. (I held them banana down by the Popsicle stick and let the blueberry drip down the bananas). Lay back onto parchment and freeze for another 2 hours. (If you don't want to do the chocolate layer freeze only 30 minutes and then sprinkle on chopped hazelnuts and finish freezing for 2 hours.)
- Meanwhile combine chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave at 30 second intervals stirring in between until chocolate is fully melted.
- Once blueberry layer is frozen spoon the chocolate layer on the bananas in the same way so it can drip down and cover the banana. (If you used less coconut oil you may have to smooth the chocolate around to cover the banana.) The chocolate should begin to set up almost immediately.
- Return to parchment and freeze for a final 1 1/2-2 hours.
- *See recipe post for substitution ideas