We used to call them frozen bananas with peanut butter and dark chocolate. Not a very catchy name. Our clients kids said, “Those are monkey tails!” It was easy to agree.
They are fun to make with kids and build a stash in the freezer. Pull them out as needed to cool a sweltering day.
Nutrition in the ingredients- one by one
Bananas- a good source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.
Peanut butter- a good source of niacin (a B vitamin), vitamin E, magnesium, and the antioxidant selenium. You also get some protein.
Dark chocolate-antioxidants and some fiber!! Also many minerals, including iron and magnesium.
But I can’t eat PB.
Use another nut or seed butter instead. Almond, cashew, hazelnut, macadamia, pecan, sesame (tahini). Whatever you like. They will taste different, but still delicious.
Dark chocolate scares me.
These are dark monkeys, not milky monkeys. Go ahead, try it. Dark chocolate is a perfect complement to the sweet banana and the creamy peanut butter. Making these with milk chocolate seems like a crime to me.
Monkey Tails serves 4
|4 almost ripe bananas||about 120 gm each|
|8 wooden sticks||8|
|1 cup peanut butter||375 gm|
|1 ½ cup chocolate chips||225 gm|
|1 tablespoon oil||15 ml|
Cut bananas crosswise into two tails (halves) and insert stick into cut ends. Then peel bananas.
Spread peanut butter (or other nut/seed butter) over each banana. Place bananas on plastic wrap lined cookie sheet and freeze until cold, at least one hour.
Place chocolate chips and oil in a microwave safe bowl. Warm in 20-second intervals until the chips are melted and smooth. The chips can melt without losing their shape, so be sure to stir after each heating.
Spread chocolate over the frozen bananas. Return to freezer for about 10 minutes, or until the chocolate is firm.
Wrap in plastic wrap if not eating right away. Store wrapped bananas in a freezer container. Loose Monkey Tails tend to stray to the far reaches of the freezer. You do not want to find an escapee 2 years from now.
This recipe is easily halved or doubled. How many Monkey Tails do you have at your house?
*This post will be submitted to the August edition of “Go Ahead Honey, it is Gluten Free!” blogging event. This month is hosted by Kim Hopkins of The Allergy Coach with a sweltering summer Chill Out theme. Naomi Devlin of Straight into Bed Cakefree and Dried created the very popular “Go Ahead Honey, it is Gluten Free”. Thanks ladies!!