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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Chew on This | Frozen Banana Chips

School's out! School's out! 

This is our first full week of Summer break and we are digging in to it appropriately. Bedtimes have magically been pushed later, mostly for reading good books and catching a firefly or two. Mornings are still starting early but they're not so rushed. And two Summer Bucket List activities have already been accomplished! It's amazing how easy this transition to Summer living has been. I kind of love it.

This morning we picked Mimi up and went out to the orchard. With pails in hand, we gathered tons of juicy, sweet red raspberries. Mimi taught us the tricks for finding the best (and most often overlooked) fruit - go low, go deep. Hidden down inside the brambles grow the most gorgeous berries. The kids, being closer to the ground and loving the adventure of the hunt, found tons of perfect berries to bring home. But not before doing some of their own on-the-spot quality control.  

So with our pails full of Summer goodness, you would think the first thing everyone would want when they got home would be a delicious bowl of juicy, red raspberries. Nope. They wanted something cold and creamy. Frozen Banana Chips to the rescue!

These babies were amped up with Cookie Butter (also known as Speculoos) from Trader Joe's and then doused with a good helping of chocolate ganache. Placed in the freezer for a good 15-30 minutes and you've got yourself a snack that honors your sweet tooth's sensibilities.

Here's our recipe:
Frozen Banana Chips

2 ripe bananas, sliced into 1/4" rounds
cookie butter (or you could use Nutella or any kind of nut butter of your choosing)
3/4 C chocolate chips
3-4 T heavy cream (or milk)

First, cover a cookie sheet with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray. Next, place your sliced bananas on the cookie sheet and top each slice with a teaspoonful of cookie butter. Place cookie sheet into the freezer while you quickly make your chocolate ganache.

To make your ganache, combine your chocolate chips and cream in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on half power for 20-30 seconds - stir. Continue to cook in the microwave in 20 second intervals, on half power, until the ganache is smooth and warm, not hot.

Take your banana chips out of the freezer and spoon warm ganache over each. Place chocolate covered banana chips back into the freezer to set the chocolate for at least 15 minutes. Peel banana chips off of the foil lined cookie sheet and place chips into a freezer bag for convenient storage in the freezer. Enjoy!

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