Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!
For #SundaySupper this week, we are celebrating Labor Day Cookouts! I knew I wanted to share something sweet, so I immediately started thinking of easy desserts.
Well, you can’t get much easier than this: frozen chocolate bananas. Our family is fairly new to frozen bananas — I made them for the first time a few months ago and now it’s a big time favorite in our house.
To start, line a baking sheet or freezer-safe plate with wax paper. Peel your bananas and cut them in half. In the cut end, insert a wooden popsicle stick. Place in your freezer until frozen.
Melt chocolate and dip and/or spoon the chocolate over the frozen bananas. Um, please excuse this blurry photo….but you get the idea.
If you wish (and why wouldn’t you??), you can take the chocolate dipped banana and make them extra special with sprinkles or chopped nuts. You have to work quickly after you dip in chocolate, so right after it’s covered, spoon your sprinkles or nuts over the chocolate banana.
As you finish with the sprinkles and nuts, lay them back onto your wax paper covered baking sheet or freezer-safe plate.
Place back in the freezer so the banana can stay frozen and until the chocolate has completely set.
- Bananas (approx 3-4 medium -- ripe, but firm)
- Wooden popsicle sticks (approx. 2 per banana)
- Wax paper
- 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (12 ounces)
- 2 tablespoons canola or light olive oil
- Optional decorations: chopped nuts, sprinkles, nonpareils, etc
- Line a baking sheet or large freezer-safe plate with waxed paper. Peel each banana and cut each one in half. Insert a stick into the cut end of each banana. Place bananas on wax paper and freeze until frozen.
- In a glass, microwave-safe bowl, add chocolate chips and oil. Place in microwave and microwave for 10-15 seconds on high power. Remove bowl from microwave, stir completely. Return to microwave to repeat steps until chocolate is almost completely melted, but a few chips remain. Stir until those chips are completely melted.
- Place decorations on plates. Remove bananas from the freezer. Take one banana and dip in chocolate (or spoon chocolate over, if you prefer). Working quickly, immediately dip the chocolate covered banana in the decorations. Return decorated chocolate banana to wax-covered baking sheet or plate and return to freezer until banana is completely frozen and chocolate has hardened.
--Microwaves vary greatly, so exact heat settings and times cannot be given for melting chocolate. Refer to your owners manual for recommendations.
--While my chocolate vs banana ratio worked for me, your results may vary if your bananas are larger or smaller, or if your chocolate coating is thicker or thinner. I find this recipe works for 3-4 bananas, but you may have leftover chocolate.
--If using large bananas, it may be necessary to cut a 2" (or so) size section from the middle of the banana, otherwise the bananas become too top-heavy. These small pieces can be made into a mini frozen chocolate banana, the same way as the larger ones are made. You'll see in one or two of my photos where I have a couple small bananas.
--You might find it helpful to remove the finished frozen chocolate bananas from the freezer, and place them in the refrigerator, about 15-30 minutes before serving.
Here are the rest of the Labor Day Cookout Recipes for #SundaySupper — I hope you’ll check them out too!
Starters & Snacks
- Lobster Salad with Avocado, Corn and Tomatoes by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Grilled Vegetable Spread by Magnolia Days
- Toast Topper #8: Tomato Confit for #SundaySupper by Yummy Smells
- Honey BBQ Wings and Cool Ranch by Big Bears Wife
- Finger Lickin’ Chicken Drumettes by Noshing with the Nolands
- Baked Shrimp and Pasta Caprese by Mama’s Blissful Bites
- Korean chili by Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends
- Newfangled Cowtown White Chicken Chili by Shockingly Delicious
- Strawberry BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches by The Weekend Gourmet
- Spicy Seoulful Pulled Pork Sandwiches by Kimchi Mom
- Smoked Pork Butt (A How-To) from Juanita’s Cocina
- Soy Glazed Chicken Thighs by The Messy Baker Blog
- Stuffed Green Chili con Queso Cheeseburger Sliders by Damn Delicious
- Adana kebab by Small Wallet, Big Appetite
- Portabello Paninis by The Hand That Rocks the Ladle
- Bloody Mary Skirt Steak by From Fast Food to Fresh Food
- Tuna and Roasted Pepper Packets by Cindy’s Recipes & Writings
- Mint Marinated Beef Kabobs with Garlic Sauce by Sustainable Dad
- Creamy Latin Style Pasta by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Spicy Portuguese Style Sliders by Daily Dish Recipes
- Aromatic Glazed Salmon by Happy Baking Days
- Pork sliders by Basic ‘N Delicious
- Foil Packet Chicken by In the Kitchen with Audrey
Salads & Sides
- Mom’s Savory Pork’n’Beans by Webicurean
- Ranch Potato Salad by My Catholic Kitchen
- Gluten Free Penne hot salad with basil, asparagus, cherry tomatoes fresh mozzarella and chicken with a mustard vineagarete for #SundaySupper by Cooking Underwriter
- Southern Surprise Potato Salad by Granny’s Down Home Southern Cooking
- #SundaySupper Marinated Ginger Chicken & Spinach Salad by Kwistin’s Favorites
- Roasted Potato & Corn Salad w/ Bacon by GirliChef
- Vegan Caprese Salad by Galactosemia in PDX
- Smokin Hot Caribbean Spiced Corn-On-The-Cob by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Potato salad with Stilton and bacon by Tora’s Real Food
- Tomato Feta Orzo Salad by Family Foodie
- lightened lemon pound cake by The Meltaways
- Root Beer Float Cupcakes by Chocolate Moosey
- Strawberry Cream Squares by Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
- Fresh Mango Pie by La Cocina De Leslie
- Brown Butter M&M Cookies by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Gluten Free Lemon Blondies by No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
- Blueberry Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake by Baker Street
- Strawberry Pie + White Sangria by Vintage Kitchen Notes
- Grilled Banana Splits by Diabetic Foodie
- Easy Desserts: Frozen Chocolate Bananas by Home Cooking Memories
- Ice Cream Sandwich Cake by Comfy Cuisine
- Blueberry Lemon Whoopie Pies for a Holiday Cookout #SundaySupper by In the Kitchen with KP
- Labor Day Cookout Food And Wine Pairings by ENOFYLZ
Please be sure you join us on Twitter throughout the day during #SundaySupper. We’ll be meeting up at 7:00 p.m. EST for our weekly #SundaySupper live chat where we’ll talk about our favorite cookout recipes!
We’d also love to feature your Cookout recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers!