Chocobananos


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chocobananos, chocobanano recipe, salvadoran food, salvadoran dessertsGenerally, I don’t believe in fruit for dessert. I like desserts that are dulce: cakes, ice cream, chocolate. Chocolate ice-cream cake. But fruit? No. That being said, I have discovered a fruit-based (and chocolate-coated) Salvadoran delicacy that is acceptable as a postre — particularly if one is trying to be calorie-conscious: chocobananos.chocobananos, chocobanano recipe, salvadoran food, salvadoran dessertsEven Kail is a fan.Chocobananos are very easy to make, and a good use for overripe bananas. I feel like any time I buy bananas, we’re able to eat a few the first couple days but they start going bad very quickly. As an added bonus, chocobananos keep well in the freezer, so you can always have a dessert on hand to satisfy your sweet tooth.chocobananos, chocobanano recipe, salvadoran food, salvadoran dessertsStep 1: Purchase melting chocolate and chocobanano sticks. Melher brand is available in your local Latino market, but you probably use magic shell (bonus: you get to skip the melting step) and regular popsicle sticks. Oh, and you need bananas too. Duh.chocobananos, chocobanano recipe, salvadoran food, salvadoran dessertsStep 2: Insert sticks into bananas and place on a wax-paper-lined baking sheet in freezer until bananas are frozen (at least one hour — I left mine in for about three hours).chocobananos, chocobanano recipe, salvadoran food, salvadoran dessertsStep 3: Melt chocolate over low heat.chocobananos, chocobanano recipe, salvadoran food, salvadoran dessertsStep 3.2: Prepare topping (if applicable), such as crushed peanuts. I haven’t tried it, but shredded coconut would probably be good too.chocobananos, chocobanano recipe, salvadoran food, salvadoran dessertsStep 4: Dip bananas, one at a time, into the melted chocolate. It was a little difficult to get the entire banana submerged in the chocolate using the pan I did — one remedy would be to cut the bananas in half prior to freezing (as Tracy at Latinaish does).chocobananos, chocobanano recipe, salvadoran food, salvadoran dessertsStep 4.2: If applicable, roll banana in whatever topping you are using. Important: This step must be done very quickly after dipping the banana in the chocolate because the chocolate begins to harden almost immediately.chocobananos, chocobanano recipe, salvadoran food, salvadoran dessertsStep 5: Enjoy your chocobanano(s) immediately, or place them back in the freezer for later. They can be left on the tray for a few hours or wrapped individually in small Ziploc bags for longer storage — but you probably won’t be able to resist eating them right away!I first had chocobananos at a friend’s house for dessert, and occasionally one of my coworkers would walk to a nearby tienda to buy them. They only cost like, 50 cents, which made me wonder whether it was worth the trouble to buy all the supplies and make them myself. But having a “healthy” dessert alternative on hand to say, these brownies, is always a good idea.Have you ever had chocobananos?

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I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

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