Frozen Chocolate Bananas with chopped ginger or butterscotch pieces
This is literally as simple as it sounds - frozen chocolate bananas. But don't make the mistake of thinking that something so simple must somehow be underwhelming; these are fabulous. I can take no credit for the idea as I first saw it in a booklet for Comic Relief produced by Delia Smith, over ten years ago. I've made these many times since but had forgotten the recipe until recently when looking at the chocolate dipped bananas on Jac's Coconut and Mango fool. It occurred to me that it was time to revisit this favourite idea.
The frozen banana is a revelation - it's so creamy and smooth and utterly delicious. As Delia says, the snap of the chocolate followed by the creaminess of the banana is a great combination. She suggests that the chocolate dipped bananas can then be dipped in chopped nuts, but in my case I decided to go for very finely chopped stem ginger (drained of its syrup) or butterscotch pieces. Both were great choices.
Sliced banana, ready to freeze
As for the 5:2 diet, the banana alone is seriously delicious. Having it frozen really makes it taste like ice-cream and it also means it'll take you longer to eat the banana rather than just eating it straight up. I obviously can't provide a calorie count because that will depend on the size of your banana and how much of it you eat....
Melted chocolate plus chopped ginger and butterscotch pieces
You don't need an ingredients list or method for this really but...
Bananas - as ripe as you like, as many as you like
Chocolate - your favourite - dark, white, milk, flavoured
Cocktail sticks - to allow you to pick up your treat
Nuts/Ginger/Butterscotch/popping candy/whatever else you fancy - optional
- Slice the bananas, insert a cocktail stick and open freeze on a piece of parchment paper on a tray until fairly solid
- Melt the chocolate and prepare optional dippers if necessary (I chopped my ginger finely)
- Dip frozen banana into chocolate, then into dippers if desired.
- Return to freezer until you want to eat them. Store frozen.