Friday, April 11, 2008

Fun, Healthy Dessert


I can't believe its Friday already- this week flew by for me! I taught Body Step by myself for the first time last night and it went really well. I was so sweaty by the end -it was crazy! Tonight I am teaching Hip Hop and we are team teaching Body Step tomorrow am. Other than that, its couples date night tonight- maybe dinner and a movie? The rest of the weekend is pretty open. I love this next recipe because it is a simple and pretty healthy dessert. Its also a really great recipe to make for parties. Another Ellie Krieger favorite!!

Chocolate Covered Banana Pops

4 medium ripe but firm bananas
8 wooden craft sticks
3 tablespoons finely chopped lightly salted peanuts
6 ounces good quality dark chocolate (60 to 70 percent cocoa solids), chopped

Peel, then cut each banana in half crosswise and insert a craft stick into each half. Place on a tray, cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer until frozen, about 3 hours.

Place the peanuts in a shallow dish or on a plate. Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler over slightly simmering water, over the lowest possible heat, stirring frequently. Make sure the water is not touching the bottom of the top pan. Pour the melted chocolate into a tall glass. Dip each frozen banana into the chocolate, turning it to coat, and immediately roll in the peanuts. Place on a tray covered in waxed paper. Serve immediately or wrap individually in plastic wrap or waxed paper and freeze for up to 2 weeks.


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