Monkey Sticks

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Author Notes: Chocolate covered bananas are a very popular frozen snack that can be bought in supermarkets and specialty stores everywhere, so in sum this is not an original concept. And, they are a popular recipe all over the internet. I used a chocolate sauce that has a spicy flavor with a little heat. Decorate with any chopped nut of your choice, or candy sprinkle. Bevi

Makes 3 monkey sticks per banana

For the Spicy Chocolate Sauce

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 1 pinch ground black cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder or ancho passila
  • 1 2-inch piece of orange peel
  • quick shake of cayenne pepper
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet organic chocolate chips
  1. Heat 1 cup of the heavy cream, agave syrup, and the spices in a medium saucepan. Bring to a quick simmer. Add the orange peel, the cinnamon stick, and the cayenne pepper. Reduce heat and cook for a few more minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the cream to sit in order to be infused for an hour.
  2. Heat the chocolate chips in a bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. When the chocolate is melted, gradually add the infused cream, stirring constantly.

To Assemble the Monkey Sticks

  • ripe bananas - each banana cut into thirds
  • Spicy Chocolate sauce
  • wooden kebob sticks, cut in half, or wooden popsicle sticks
  • well chopped nuts of your choice, or candy sprinkles, or appropriate candy bits
  1. Cut the bananas into thirds, and stick a popsicle or kebob stick in the middle of each banana piece. Place on a parchment lined dish and put into the freezer for 15 minutes.
  2. Dip each banana into the chocolate sauce, covering throughly. Then, roll into the topping of your choice. (In the photo, I used pistachio nuts, cashews, and sugar sprinkles.
  3. Place back in the freezer for 30 minutes. Serve!
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over 1 year ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Love this, Bevi!

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over 1 year ago Bevi

Thanks drabs!

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over 1 year ago TheWimpyVegetarian

What a fabulous idea!!

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over 1 year ago Bevi

Thanks WV- it's a classic recipe but the spice in the chOc sauce make it more adult. I also make little bites.

Me

almost 3 years ago wssmom

Need to try these with coconut ....

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almost 3 years ago Bevi

They are great with coconut; also great with coconut and nut combination.

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almost 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Yum!

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almost 3 years ago Bevi

I have a non spicy version sitting in the freezer right now!

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

What a fun idea, the kids would love these, a really wonderful snack. I remember having frozen chocolate covered banana's as a kid.

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almost 3 years ago Bevi

They take no time at all! Have fun!

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almost 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

My Grandma used to take me to Oceanside to feed the pigeons and eat frozen bananas (this was in the late 60's :-) and now I really really want one of these! Memory Lane only BETTER!!!!

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almost 3 years ago Bevi

I am about to make a batch with non-spicy chocolate sauce for some little friends who are visiting this weekend - have to go buy some fun toppings for them.

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almost 3 years ago Bevi

@boulangere- I just made a batch with toasted coconut - delicious! I am also going to try cocoa nibs.

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almost 3 years ago Bevi

You are very welcome!

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almost 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Way too cool!

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almost 3 years ago Bevi

Thanks! I took a walk in the cold air and came back to your comment! I think homemade monkey sticks look better than store bought.

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almost 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Oh my gosh, I can imagine all sorts of uses for them.: childrens' parties, and especially my Winter Solstice party. They would be fantastic make-your-own desserts to go with the Peppermint Truffles in a Mug. Thank you!