Chocolate Covered Banana Chips

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Growing up, there were only a few things we really did homemade.  One year, my parents bought a dehydrator, used it a few times and it got thrown in a cabinet somewhere in the basement.  Why?  I couldn’t tell you.  I wasn’t even aware they still had it until a few months ago.  When I asked if they had it, they graciously gave it to me, not knowing what kind of concoctions I might come up with.  My first adventure?  What else… bananas!

First let me just say, you can tell this poor thing is old.  It’s not bad, just a very basic model.  I wasn’t even aware of how to turn it on until I plugged it in and realized there was heat coming off the coil on the bottom.  Oh yes, no air, just heat.  For a very long time.  But hey, it was free, I’m not about to complain.   I sliced up about 8 bananas and filled up 6 trays.  Looking at the directions for the type of dehydrator I had, it said it would take 36 hours.

I’m sorry, what?  Nearly two days?  I’ll never be able to dehydrate watermelon in this thing (and yes, that was a plan).  I should also mention I’m not the most patient person in the world and smelling dehydrating bananas in my house for 36 hours was almost torture.  I was half tempted to just keep bananas dehydrating on a constant cycle because they really do smell that delicious.  Seriously.  If you haven’t had them or at the very least smelled them, it’s worth buying a dehydrator.  No oil, wax or spray can ever replicate this scent.

So, what happened after 36 hours?  I ate almost half of them, that’s what.  I have a problem, I know.  They’re a bit more chewy than store bought, so if you just want that crunch, this isn’t the way to go.  You can freeze them and that will help, but regardless, they’re delicious if you like bananas.  Side note: I don’t actually like bananas, but I could eat these all day.  I like bananas in things and like this, but bananas by themselves I could do without.   Now cover them in chocolate?  Uhm, hello!  I’m about to blow your mind with how good these things are.  I had a problem eating them before and then I added chocolate and coconut and almonds…  Let me just share the recipe…

Ingredients:

6oz vegan dark chocolate
1/2 cup almonds
2 teaspoons coconut oil
6oz banana chips (fresh or store bought, whatever you want 🙂
Pinch of sea salt

Chocolate Covered Banana Chips

In a small saucepan, add coconut oil, chocolate and salt to low heat, stirring occasionally.  Put almonds in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.  

Chocolate Covered Banana Chips

On a large cookie sheet, lined with wax paper (or a Silpat if you’re fancy!), put your banana chips down, making sure there’s room between them.  Grab a small spoon and cover each banana chip with your chocolate mixture.  

Chocolate Covered Banana Chips

Sprinkle the covered chocolate with the chopped almonds and put in the freezer for ten minutes to harden.  Flip them over and repeat.  Freeze for about 20 to 30 minutes to give them a good crunch and try not to eat them all at once like I almost did.  😉

Chocolate Covered Banana Chips

 

Chocolate Covered Banana Chips
Serves 8
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Prep Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 6oz vegan dark chocolate
  2. 1/2 cup almonds
  3. 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  4. 6oz banana chips (fresh or store bought, whatever you want 🙂
  5. Pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, add coconut oil, chocolate and salt to low heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Put almonds in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
  3. On a large cookie sheet, lined with wax paper (or a Silpat if you're fancy!), put your banana chips down, making sure there's room between them.
  4. Grab a small spoon and cover each banana chip with your chocolate mixture.
  5. Sprinkle the covered chocolate with the chopped almonds and put in the freezer for ten minutes to harden.
  6. Flip them over and repeat.
  7. Freeze for about 20 to 30 minutes to give them a good crunch and try not to eat them all at once like I almost did. 😉
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