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8.15.2016

Easy Summer Activities - Frozen Bananas

Today I'm bringing you a fun frozen treat courtesy of Bill! Inspired by his trip to Balboa Island with the kids a few weeks back, Bill has been making his very own frozen bananas! The treat is said to originate on the island, although there's a long standing debate as to which restaurant invented it: "Dad's Donut & Bakery Shop" or "Sugar 'N Spice". I couldn't tell you whose is better, but I do know that whenever I think of frozen bananas, I think of this...
Gotta love the Bluths, am I right?

Anyway, back to Bill and his bananas. Here's what you'll need to make your own: a couple of bananas, popsicle sticks, chocolate chips, and toppings such as chopped nuts or sprinkles. I don't know about you guys, but whenever we buy a bunch of bananas we always end up with a couple that don't get eaten, so this is a great way to use up those stragglers before they go bad.
First, you'll want to insert the popsicle sticks into each of the bananas. Bill has been cutting them in half, but you can make them any size you want. Lay the banana sticks on a parchment or wax paper covered plate and put them in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
Once the bananas are nice and cold, it's time to melt down those chocolate chips. You can do this either on the stove top or in the microwave (Bill's been using the microwave). When the chocolate is melted, you'll want to dip or roll the banana in the melted chocolate. The already cold banana should make the chocolate start to harden quickly, so you'll need to work fast.
Immediately following dipping the banana in the chocolate, roll it in the topping of your choice. This is where you can get really creative. We used sprinkles and peanuts because we had them on hand, but the toppings at the stands on Balboa Island include crushed oreos, chocolate chips, crushed candy bars, etc. Basically, whatever you might top your ice cream with works for this recipe too.
Finally, you can either enjoy immediately, or put back in the freezer to eat later; they'll last a few days in the freezer no problem. Bill prefers to eat them sooner rather than later, as he says they taste best when the banana is cold, but not frozen all the way through.
Full disclosure, I don't really care for these, but I have a weird thing about bananas. I think the majority of you out there will totally like them though. They're a great summer treat, but the real fun is in making them. It's definitely an activity that the entire family can make together. Enjoy!

P.S.
Mini Vacation Day 2 - Half Marathon & Balboa Island
Easy Summer Activities - Ice Cream Pizzas!

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