Chocolate covered… everything!
Today D and I met for lunch and I started to bug him about all the bananas we bought and how he better get to eating them. He then turned it around on me and reminded me how much he loved chocolate covered bananas *cough cough*. I considered this a simple mission that I was eager to knock out during the World Cup game half-time.
These were so, so simple to make.
- Cut (3) peeled bananas in half
- Insert popsicle stick (or if you’re out – halved skewers) halfway through the banana
- Lay naked (non-dipped) banana on wax/parchment paper in freezer for at least 2 hours
- When it’s time for dipping, melt 1/2 a bag of semi-sweet (vegan) chocolate chips and 3 tbsp. of Earth Balance together. I can’t figure out double boilers for the life of me, so I microwave my chocolate in a microwave safe bowl for 30-second intervals on Low Power (or Level 50 – whatever that means).
- Dip and swirl banana in chocolate, sprinkle with toppings if desired (wish I had cookie crumbs and toffee, booh) and lay back on paper and return to freezer until solid.
While those were chilling, I found myself with a bit of leftover melty chocolate and a tremendous need to coat things in it. So I added the #1 fruit for chocolate dipping into the equation.
Did I mention that on Monday in the 100 degree heat I decided to bake a gazzilion chocolate chip cookies (I used this recipe)? The cookies were good, but not until after they cooled off as they were of the more soft than crispy variety. D said they were like the soft Chips Ahoy in the red package, and everyone at work ate them up yesterday without question. So I dipped some of them into the remaining chocolate and added some sprinkles to the mix – with the plan to make ice cream sandwiches. I used the Turtle Trails variety from So Delicious Coconut flavors.
Super delish!!!! Best idea in awhile. Don’t worry Cynthia – I made sure to eat these after dinner! 🙂 Dinner was “Pad Thai” from The Vegan Table with Gardein Chik’n Scallopini. D was a little confused about the chik’n (tofu? fake chicken? which?) but said it was “pretty good”! Hooray!
It was delicious. I think it’s fair to say I had a pretty darn good eating day, and have more than my fair share of chocolate to dig into as time allows. The icing on the cake with all of these chocolate covered treats is that they are impressive tasting, and even though people at work comment “these are so delicious and I know you never use eggs”, I know that a compliment lies in there.
I’m off to continue flaunting my bragging rights. D was Germany, I was Spain. I watched the game in real time but kept the end a secret so D and I could re-watch it after he got in from work. He felt 110% certain Germany was going to kick Spain’s butt, and I kept mum. VIVA ESPANA! Look for some vegan Spanish meals on Sunday in celebration of the World Cup aka Amanda’s 50% heritage day!