Recipe: Frozen Bananas Dipped in Dark Chocolate, Walnuts and Cranberries

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Last week I designated the month of February Treat Month here at Mother Rimmy’s in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Frozen Bananas Dipped in Dark ChocolateI want this Valentine’s to be special in the Rimkus house, after all, Mr. Mike and I have been married for more than 32 years. To that end, I’ve made Mike a surprise treat.

Mike and Kristi in Mauai

Mike and Kristi in Maui

When we traveled to Maui last year, there were road side stands selling chocolate covered frozen bananas. If you’ve been to Maui you’ve probably seen these frozen treats.

I thought to myself, why not recreate those fun memories of driving from beach to beach, and stopping to cool off  with a sweet snack? I’ll make a stepped up version of my own, and squirrel them away for Friday’s celebration dinner.

How hard could it be to make frozen bananas?

Frozen Bananas with Walnuts and Cranberries

Turns out, not in the least bit difficult. All I needed were some plump, firm bananas, dark chocolate, a dab of butter, and chopped walnuts and dried cranberries. I wanted some festive color, thus the addition of cranberries topping my bananas.

Frozen Bananas with Dark Chocolate, Walnuts and Cranberries

Melting the chocolate in the microwave was a breeze, and swirling the bananas, then rolling them in nuts and cranberries was a ton of fun. A pop in the freezer and my surprise walk down memory lane for Mike is ready to go.

So there you are! A healthy Valentine’s Day treat. These would be great for your kids. You could replace the cranberries and nuts with sprinkles. Just keep the dark chocolate, it’s healthy for mini people too.

If you need more low calorie dessert ideas, take a peek at this week’s newsletter. It has just what your looking for.

That’s it for today folks. Have a happy, healthy week!

~Kristi

Frozen Bananas Dipped in Dark Chocolate, Walnuts and Cranberries
 
Shake It Up! You could use large strawberries or chunks of mangos.
Ingredients
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced in 12 chunks
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate, broken in chunks
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • ½ cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • large toothpicks
Instructions
  1. Line a plate with parchment paper.
  2. Place chocolate and butter in a small bowl with butter. Microwave on high in 30 second intervals, stirring in-between until chocolate is completely melted.
  3. Combine walnuts and cranberries in another small bowl.
  4. Pierce banana chunks with toothpicks and swirl in chocolate.
  5. Roll in nuts and cranberries and place on the plate.
  6. Freeze a minimum of one hour before serving.
Notes
Food energy: 142kcal
Weight Watchers PointsPlus 4
Saturated fatty acids: 2.32g
Monounsaturated fatty acids: 2.57g
Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 3.80g
Total fat: 8.69g
Calories from fat: 78
Cholesterol: 1mg
Carbohydrate, by difference: 12.94g
Total dietary fiber: 2.28g
Protein: 3.28g
Total lipid (fat): 9.62g
Water: 16.18g
Ash: 0.60g
Total sugars: 7.50g
Calcium: 13mg
Iron: 1.25mg
Magnesium: 42mg
Phosphorus: 79mg
Potassium: 177mg
Sodium: 4mg
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 12


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Comments

  1. says

    I love simple and you’ve just described a dessert that my husband is going to love. He’s a banana nut and dipped in chocolate and nuts…..perfect for him. I’m not much of a baker so that’s another reason your bananas will be so good. I made several recipes hoping to post some fantastic desserts before Valentine’s Day and they all flopped. He loves it, of course, because although they didn’t look pretty enough to post, they tasted good and he gets to eat it all.

    Looks like you both had a great time in Hawaii. I used to live on the Big Island many years ago. One day, I hope to go back and make sure I get to Maui. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Mike.

    • says

      You and I are of the same mind. I don’t bake much either. I find it tedious, and don’t need the extra calories anyway. My brother moved to Kaui many years ago and still lives there. Such lovely islands!

  2. says

    Married 32 year? Congratulations to both of you. Wow that is something to treasure and celebrate as it is not very common nowadays. Those little treats look delicious. :)

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