Did you know you could make that “magic shell” ice cream topping at home? And that it only takes two ingredients? And that it’s incredibly easy? Me. either. But, you can and now, I’m going to tell you how. Get your ice cream ready! Plus, I’m going to show you how to use it to make chocolate covered bananas. Your kids will hug you and then your neighbor’s kids will hug you. Just sayin’. 🙂
Chocolate covered bananas take me way back to elementary school. Isn’t it funny how food has the power to evoke memories and carry you back to another place and time? It was a HUGE deal if we could manage to scrounge up a dime to take to school with us on Fridays, because one high school club or another would be waiting outside the doors of the elementary building, after school, with trays full of frozen chocolate covered bananas. This simple recipe has only three ingredients and can be prepared in only minutes. Plus, by using Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, I was able to put a whole new taste-twist on this old classic — sort of like Mounds candy bar wrapped around a frozen banana. Trust me! It’s fantastic!
Did you realize that coconut oil is actually just the clear liquid that separates from coconut milk, after about 24 hours? I always wondered how it was possible to squeeze oil from a coconut! Seriously, though – not all coconut oils are created equally – literally, they are produced in very different ways. There are all kinds of refined coconut oils on the market, usually made by machine, from dried coconut. And all coconut oils are healthy and a great option for cooking and baking. But, if you want a truly organic, pure and natural product, you need to find one that is made by simply grating the fresh coconut, extracting the milk and then allowing the fresh milk to sit in a covered container and separate. That’s exactly how Tropical Traditions produces their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. It is certified organic and I can tell you from personal experience that the taste is amazing!
Coconut oil has been used as a cooking oil, in tropical climates, for thousands of years. It will be a solid, sitting on your shelf, at temperatures lower than about 80 degrees. In the warmer days of Nebraska summers, I will note it melting into its liquid form. Coconut oil can just be kept on a shelf in your pantry. It doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Plus, coconut oil can be used in all kinds of cooking — baking, frying, condiments and dressings. There are some great recipes to try in the Recipes section on the Tropical Traditions website. It was great to use the coconut oil, hands-on, and realize I didn’t have to do anything different from the way I use any other vegetable oil. It was an easy switch and I’m loving it.
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 1 (12 oz) bag chocolate chips
- 4 bananas, peeled and cut in half
- wooden popsicle sticks
- Peel the bananas and cut them in half.
- Insert a popsicle stick into the cut end of each banana half.
- Place on an ungreased baking sheet and pop them in the freezer for a couple of hours until they are frozen through.
- Now, it's time to make your "magic shell" topping. While the bananas are freezing, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe dish in the microwave. It will only take a minute or two.
- Stir the oil and melted chocolate together.
- Dip a frozen banana in the melted chocolate mixture. It will harden on the outside of the banana in a matter of seconds, so just hold it until the coating is dry. Lay the covered banana back on the sheet and repeat the same process until all 8 banana pops are coated.
- You can pop these back in the freezer until you're ready to enjoy them, or pass them out, immediately. The chocolate will harden as soon as it hits the frozen banana, so there's no reason to have to wait.
- The cool thing about this recipe is that after dipping all 8 bananas, I still had around a cup of the magic shell left over. I put it in a squeeze bottle and kept in on the shelf in the pantry. It stayed liquid, just like the magic shell products you buy at the store.
- It was DELISH on ice cream! And the kids loved the banansas!
- Ooooh! Grandma, it's cold!
- The coconut flavor really does come through in this recipe, using the Tropical Traditions Gold Label Coconut Oil. Everyone remarked that it was like eating a Mounds candy bar. Hmmm.... I'll bet it would be amazing to use in brownies!
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I received a quart of Tropical Traditions Gold Label Coconut Oil to test in my own kitchen, so I could collect information to write this review. No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required. As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own and based on my personal experience with the product.