David and I spent the past two weeks in Hawaii, exploring the islands of Maui and Kauai in a Jeep Wrangler, full top down, and an actual map in hand. Some highlights include: Horse back riding into Haleakala National Park’s vast crater above the clouds, swimming in Queen’s Bath— a natural pool carved out of lava shelf— on the north shore of Kauai, hiking along the lush Kalalau mountain trail and picnicking at the beautiful Hanakapi`ai beach located on Kauai’s Nāpali Coast. We found natural treasures everywhere we ventured, and dozens of cafes, restaurants and farmer’s markets along the way. Our last day in Kauai we found ourselves at a farmer’s market outside the parking lot of Kmart, of all places, but don’t get the wrong idea…most of Kauai is an untouched eco oasis, but there is a Kmart and Walmart on the east side of the island)
There, among all of the veggie and tropical fresh fruit stands, we discovered a woman selling chocolate dipped frozen bananas with crushed macadamia nuts on the outside. They were so delicious that we even considered trying to sneak a few through airport security for the plane ride home! Reporting back to friends and family about the food in Hawaii, David and I agreed that these frozen treats were among our favorite Hawaiian eats. Back home, I decided to make my own version, with peanuts I had on hand and regular bananas instead of the Hawaiian apple bananas. If you are not a fan of nuts, feel free to top with some good sea salt, shaved coconut, mini white chocolate or butterscotch chips or even some crushed up sweet cereal. Enjoy!
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup roasted salted peanuts
1. Line a small pan with waxed paper.
2. Grind up the nuts in a clean coffee grinder or food processor.
3. Melt the chocolate chips in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water. Stir the chips until melted and creamy.
4. Peel one banana and cut off the tip. Insert a Popsicle stick (or leftover chopstick) into the cut end of the banana and gently push the stick halfway in.
5. Dip the banana in the melted chocolate and roll it around until completely coated.
6. Roll the dipped banana in the chopped peanuts or feel free to use a spoon to sprinkle them on.
7. Repeat with the second banana and arrange both on the lined pan.
8. Place the pan in the freezer for about 1 hour, or until the chocolate has hardened and the banana is frozen. Store in the freezer until ready to serve.