Chocobananos

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After Carlos’s accident I was really shaken up and dealing with some post traumatic stress. As is my habit, I researched to see how I could “fix” things and get back to normal, (or as normal as I get, anyway.) One piece of advice I read: If the event keeps replaying in the mind, do something to distract yourself — My something to distract myself all last week became cooking Salvadoran food and practicing my food photography skills. It served the dual purpose of showing my love for Carlos while taking care of him, as well as keeping my mind busy. I’m happy to say that this week Carlos is back to work, and I’m feeling better, too.

The reason I mention any of this is to prepare you for the onslaught of recipes I’ll be sharing. First up we have chocobananos, which are basically frozen bananas on a stick dipped in chocolate.

The first chocobanano I had was in El Salvador. It was my first day there on my first trip, and our one year old son had cried on and off the entire flight. (Apologies to our fellow passengers.) Carlos and I took a walk around Soyapango, leaving our colicky baby with suegra. As we walked around the neighborhood we passed all the little stores people had on their enclosed porches. Carlos bought a chocobanano for me from a neighbor and I fell instantly in love, (with the chocobanano, not with Carlos, because Carlos and I were already well-acquainted.)

Back in the United States it isn’t always as easy to find fresh chocobananos. Some Latino markets have them in the ice cream case but there’s no guarantee they were made the same day, or even the same week. Making your own chocobananos is easy, ensures freshness and also allows you to add whatever toppings you so desire.

Chocobananos

What you need:

• 6 ripe bananas (I prefer them yellow with no spots)
• melting chocolate (I use the Chocomelher brand which you can find at Latino markets)
• popsicle sticks (I prefer the bag of “Palillo Para Chocobanano” made by Melher because they have a square shape that works well for this, but any type will do)

Optional topping ideas:
• crushed nuts (I used a mix of peanuts, pistachios & other nuts)
• shredded coconut
• sprinkles

Chocomelher brand melting chocolate for making chocobananos on the shelf at a mercado latino 2013

Chocomelher brand melting chocolate for making chocobananos on the shelf at a mercado latino 2013

Sticks or "palillos" for making chocobananos on the shelf (lower right) at a mercado latino 2013

Sticks or “palillos” for making chocobananos on the shelf (lower right) at a mercado latino 2013

Directions:

1. Peel bananas and cut in half width-wise. Insert sticks into banana halves, about halfway through.

2. Place bananas in the freezer for about 1 hour. I put mine in a metal baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper so they don’t stick.

3. Melt chocolate as directions indicate for whichever brand you’re using. For the Chocomleher, I cut open the package and break the chocolate into large pieces. Put the chocolate into a medium-sized pot over medium heat and stir until melted. (This will provide more than enough for a dozen chocobananos.) Remove from heat.

4. Dip the frozen bananas into chocolate, trying to cover them as much as possible. You can use a spoon to spoon the chocolate onto spots you missed.

5. If adding a topping, immediately roll the chocobanano in the topping or spoon the topping over the chocobanano. You must move quickly because the chocolate hardens within seconds.

6. Your chocobananos are now ready to eat, or you can place them back in the freezer. If everyone doesn’t eat them within the first day or two (not likely!) you can put each chocobanano into an individual plastic sandwich bag twisted closed around the stick to keep them fresh.

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Posted on July 24, 2013, in Corazón, Culture, food/drink, recipes, Salvadoreños, travel and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Oh, these look SO good! I love homemade Chocobananos.

    Cooking always makes me feel better. Can’t wait to see what other recipes you’ll be sharing. :)

    • Thanks, Leslie. Yes, cooking is really therapeutic – it’s easy to get lost in the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, the stirring and chopping – I really love that. (It’s the cleaning up I’m not so wild about jajaja.)

  2. I understand the replaying events in your mind thing…here’s to hoping things are healing for you and your family. Now…to raw-veganize this recipe…I don’t think it’ll be difficult! Great photography skills.

    • Thanks so much! … And I’m sure this recipe would be very easy to make completely natural/raw/vegan … You would just have to use an all natural dark chocolate, right?

      • I’d probably go for a carob/date sauce…I stay away from chocolate all-together, but I’m pretty inspired to see how it works.

      • Carob and date in place of chocolate is something I wouldn’t have thought of but I’m glad you left the comment in case others avoid chocolate and want to give it a try. I’d be curious to know how this works out for you! Good luck!

  3. Looks delish! Thanks for sharing what brands you use too…I can’t wait to go to our local Latino store to try this recipe!

  4. I love these too, although now I always think of Arrested Development when I have them.

    • I don’t watch that show so I had to look up the reference. I had no idea chocobananos had made it so big LOL

  5. These are the only way my oldest daughter will eat bananas. Of course, she mostly just eats off the chocolate, but I’m sure some banana is getting in there. I love the idea of rolling them in coconut, too! Yum!

  6. i will have to try these! Looks simple enough to do with the kids…

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