chocolate & oat coated banana

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Here in the DC area, we are experiencing a bit of a heat wave. And by ‘a bit’ i mean OMG IT’S GOING TO BE 115 TOMORROW AND I HAVE WINDOW UNITS!

not that I am panicking

or standing in front of said window unit when holding the heater the baby.  Who has decided that from 1-2pm (at least) the only things she wants is to be held by mama! STANDING MOVING MAMA!  I totally count doing the baby sway for over an hour as a work-out.

So in preparation for he continued increase in temperature – I am fighting back with yummies!  Soothing both the soul and cooling off all in one. And it’s fairly good for you too – SCORE (ok good for you might be a stretch, but not so bad for you? i donno, it’s delicious and only 4 of those damn weight watcher new-fangled points) (yes, I don’t even want to talk about it)

I am going to e picky here and say YES you have to use good chocolate chips.  I used Ghiradelli chips, both milk and semi-sweet.  over a double boiler.  DO THIS! or better chocolate.  The cheap stuff just does not melt well.  That, or I have no idea what I am doing and somehow these chips overcome that issue.  Highly possible!

   

Once the chocolate is melted and smoooooth, add the oats and stir them in.  Actually, here you could add whatever you want – more oats, walnuts, chopped dried fruit, whatever floats your boat.

Now the fun part – covering the banana chunks! It’s a bit tricky… but just try to get a decent coating of whatever thickness you think will be delicious and plop them on the cookie sheet and toss them in the freezer.  UPDATE:  if you want your teeth, thaw in the fridge first or just store them there and eat within a couple of days.  your jaw and teeth will thank you!

DONE!

Ok not really, after they are solid and frozen, at least an hour, you have to EAT one!

Honestly, I know they are ugly – but trust me – they taste AMAZING!  My husband saw one and was like ‘hey, what is that? Can I have a bite?’ of course I gave him a bite and even HE was impresed.  Then about 10 minutes later we had the following exchange:

Him:  um so what was that?  what was the white stuff?

Me:  What white stuff, the stuff in the chocolate?  Oats

Him:  NO no no…

Me:  you mean THE BANANA??

Him:  THAT was banana?!  wow, I thought it was icecream

Needless to say, I then snuck off to the freezer to hide the rest under the frozen broccoli.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Bananas
  • 2 Cups of chocolate chips (I used 1/2 milk and 1/2 semi-sweet)
  • 3/4 Cup of Old Fashioned Oats

Directions:

Prepare a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper to fit and make some space in your freezer that will accommodate it laying flat.  Melt chocolate chips over a double boiler (if you can do it in the microwave, more power to YOU – that never works for me), stirring until smooth.  Remove from heat and add oats, stirring until completely incorporated.  Cut the bananas into 16 1 inch rounds (you know, approximately).  Coat bananas with chocolate mixture and place on prepared cookie sheet.  Once all are coated, pop into the freezer for at least one hour or the refrigerator for 2 hours before enjoying or moving to a plastic freezer bag.

Any other suggestions for stuff to add to the chocolate?  IDEAS PLEASE :)

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