May 26, 2013 is a spectacular day. Thanks to those inspiring folks at Netflix, the cult TV show Arrested Development will be returning from a 7-year hiatus for a 4th season. As any fan of the show knows, there’s one particular food that plays a strong role throughout the seasons: the frozen banana.
For those of you who have yet to discover Arrested Development, the show is about the Bluth family. Aside from their main business in real estate (both domestic and foreign), the Bluth’s run a frozen banana stand on the boardwalk. The stand was a cultural icon and even inspired a 1970’s song.
These chocolate and peanut covered frozen bananas are a delightful summertime treat. They can be made ahead and stored in the freezer for the perfect healthy, refreshing snack on a hot day.
For smaller snacks or for a crowd, you can cut each banana in half before beginning, creating 16 frozen half-bananas. Just remember that you'll need another 8 popsicle sticks. Increase the chocolate a bit and add another tablespoon of vegetable oil to have enough to cover the extra surface area of the halved nanners.
- 8 medium bananas, not over-ripe, peeled
- 8 popsicle sticks
- 1.1 lb (500 g) dark chocolate, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 cups salted roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
- Cut an inch off of one end of each peeled banana.
- Insert a popsicle stick into the cut end of the banana until half of the popsicle stick is inserted.
- Place the bananas on a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet and freeze for 1 hour.
- Place the chopped peanuts in a large bowl and set aside.
- Combine the chocolate and oil in a double boiler over medium-high heat until melted and smooth.
- Taking one frozen banana at a time, hold the banana over the double boiler and spoon melted chocolate over the banana until all sides of the banana are fully coated, letting excess chocolate drip back into the pan.
- Hold the chocolate covered banana over the bowl of peanuts and immediately spoon the nuts onto the banana, coating all sides evenly.
- Place the chocolate and peanut covered banana back onto the sheet of parchment paper.
- Continue until all of the bananas are coated.
- Place the coated bananas in the freezer for 30 minutes.
- Once frozen solid, individually wrap each banana in aluminum foil and store them in a large ziptop bag in the freezer.
- Coated bananas can be stored in the freezer for up to one month.
- Thaw for 10-20 minutes before serving. 10 minutes will leave the banana hard and partly frozen, while 20 minutes will make the banana softer.