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Chocolate Dipped Banana Bites

Recipe:

Don’t be fooled by the longish list below. This is a super easy, yet delicious, recipe.

Makes about 45 banana bites

Ingredients
2 cups (12 ounces) Zoe’s Bittersweet Chocolate
3 ripe bananas
3 cups total toppings — 1 cup each of sprinkles, chopped nuts, shredded coconut, or any other favorite toppings

Set-up:

Knife
Cutting board
Bowls for holding toppings
Parchment paper
Baking sheet
2 dinner forks
Double-boiler, metal bowl placed over a sauce pan, or microwave-safe bowl, for melting the chocolate

Instructions

Place a cutting board for the banana slices to your left. In front of you, arrange bowls for the toppings and leave a space for the bowl of melted chocolate. To your right, set a parchment-lined baking sheet for placing the dipped banana slices. Have two forks handy. Your work will flow from left to right (reverse if you are left-handed).

Melt the chocolate:

Chocolate can be melted in the traditional double boiler method or, we like a simple microwave method. (All methods of melting chocolate can be found online.) 

Microwave method —Put chocolate discs in a microwave-safe bowl and heat it at 50% power for 1 minute. Let stand in is microwave for an additional minute. Remove and stir. In a microwave, chocolate doesn’t lose its shape as it melts, so you must stir it to gauge how far along it is. Chocolate is generally melted when it looks glossy. If not completely melted, return it to the microwave and repeat, stopping to stir every 10 seconds to prevent scorching.

Prepare the bananas and toppings:While the chocolate is melting, peel and slice the bananas into ¾” slices. Pour the toppings into the bowls.

Dip a banana slice:Drop one of the banana slices into the chocolate. Use one of the forks to dunk it into the chocolate and coat it completely. Lift the slice out with the fork and scrape it against the side of the bowl to remove excess chocolate.

If you don’t want any toppings and prefer unadulterated chocolate, proceed to “transfer the banana slice to the baking sheet.”

Coat the banana slice:Drop the chocolate-covered banana slice into one of the toppings. Use your fingers to sprinkle additional coating over the top of the banana slice.

Transfer the banana slice to the baking sheet:Using the clean fork, dig under the banana slice and lift it out of the toppings. Transfer it to the baking sheet, using a finger to gently nudge it off the fork.

Continue dipping banana slices:Repeat with the remaining banana slices. You may need to re-warm the chocolate once or twice while dipping — just set it back over the simmering water or microwave in bursts until it's loose again. Use the chocolate fork just for dipping and the clean fork just for scooping the slices out of the toppings.

Freeze until solid:Freeze the banana bites until the chocolate is completely solidified, at least 6 hours or overnight.

Transfer to freezer container:Once solid, transfer the banana bites to a freezer container. Bites will keep for up to 3 months. Eat the bites directly from the freezer; once thawed, the bananas become mushy.

*gf, *vegan

 

Bittersweet Baking Chocolate 

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