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Chocolate Banana Icy-poles

Updated on February 26, 2013
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Bronwen is interested in food, diet, and creating recipes, as she has prepared family meals and organised church and home functions.

About Bananas

Bananas were first found in South East Asia, particularly in Malaysia and India and were taken back to Europe by Alexander the Great.

The plant is not really a tree as it has a stem rather than a trunk, so it is usually referred to as a plant. The word, "Banana" is used for both the plant and the fruit. The name comes from the Arabic word, "Banan," which means "finger." The banana plant is perennial; after it has fruited the stem dies down and a new sucker or stalk grows up from the same root-base or corm. The stem of flowers that produce the fruit is known as a "bunch" and the bunch is made up of groups of 10 - 20 bananas and each of these groups is known as a "hand." There are over 500 varieties of banana, ranging from the dainty "Lady fingers" to the several feet long cooking bananas I've seen and eaten more as a vegetable than a fruit in Papua New Guinea. Incidentally, part of the young bunch is used quite effectively by some of the ladies there to dye their hair.

Although the banana is a tropical plant it will often grow quite happily in temperate conditions; miniature versions can be grown indoors and bananas are even grown in Iceland where the soil is heated by local geysers. They do not like wet 'feet' but do like to be watered and fed well.

Bananas are harvested green as they keep ripening after being picked and actually ripen best after they have been picked. This is useful for transporting the fruit to distant markets where they are often artificially ripened before sale. When bananas are ripe, the starch content changes to a variety of sugars and this helps them to taste sweet.

Bananas, both the fruit and the plant are utilized in industry for the production of fibre which is used in the manufacture of both paper and textiles.

Frozen Bananas and Melted Chocolate
Frozen Bananas and Melted Chocolate | Source

Nutrition and Health Benefits of Bananas

A medium-sized banana has about 100 calories, so it would take four bananas to equal a small packet of chips, but the bananas would be much more filling and, of course, a much healthier option. Bananas are also rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals.

  • Fibre: This helps improve digestion, aids good bowel function and relieves constipation.
  • Potassium: This mineral has great benefit and the high concentration of potassium in bananas can help restore electrolytes after a bout of diarrhoea; it also helps to build muscles and stimulate nerve impulses for muscle contraction.
  • Vitamins: There are several vitamins in bananas, including B6 which assists in the absorption of iron, increasing the haemoglobin content of the blood and so reducing anaemia.Vitamin C is especially helpful in building the body's defence against infection and even in healing from infection.
  • Amino Acid: The amino acid in bananas converts to serotonin and helps to improve moodiness and reduce depression; it helps to reduce high blood pressure, the risk of hypertension and stroke.
  • Antioxidants: The antioxidants in bananas can reduce the ability of LDL cholesterol to form plaque that leads to heart disease, they protect nerve cells, help to protect the brain from Alzheimer's Disease and may also reduce the chance of kidney cancer.
  • Carbohydrates: The sugars, such as sucrose, fructose and glucose, in ripe bananas can provide a good boost of energy. This latter health benefit is useful to athletes. People involved in sport will snack on bananas before exertion, during breaks and after physical activity for quick recovery. Bananas can also help with memory and clear thinking.

Easy Banana Recipe

Bananas are nutritious, healthy, non-fattening fruit and the recipe below is simple enough for children to make. It's also useful, as in the summer bananas ripen quickly, and if some are beginning to go a soft this is a great way of using them. Remember that when they are soft they are healthiest!

Some Notes:

Illustration Two: Note that I had some 'helpers,' so the bananas were coated in the melted chocolate before they were cut into thirds. The result was messy; cut them first before coating with chocolate and before freezing them.

Illustration Three: Note the result of cutting the bananas after the coating.

  • The cut edges of the bananas are not coated in chocolate.
  • The chocolate freezes as it contacts the frozen banana and cracks when being cut. This is a lesson in "How Not to Do It!" The best way is to follow the the recipe. Using icy-pole sticks is helpful in holding the bananas.

Moral: Be organized before the children decide to help!

Rate this Very Simple Recipe

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Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 3 min
Ready in: 33 min
Yields: Six bananas will make eighteen icy-poles

Ingredients

  • 6 bananas, ripe
  • 250 g Cooking chocolate
Coat the Frozen Bananas in Chocolate
Coat the Frozen Bananas in Chocolate | Source

Instructions

  1. Peel the bananas, cut into thirds. Insert icy-pole sticks if desired. Place on baking paper in the freezer.
  2. When the bananas are frozen, break the chocolate into small pieces and place in a bowl.
  3. Melt the chocolate, either in the top section of a saucepan, or in the microwave oven. If using the microwave, melt for about 40 seconds, stir, then melt further. Repeat process until chocolate is quite runny, but do not boil.
  4. Cover frozen banana pieces with liquid chocolate, replace on the paper and return to freezer.
  5. Serve frozen - simple and delicious.
Bananas Cut into Thirds After Coating (Don't do it this way!)
Bananas Cut into Thirds After Coating (Don't do it this way!) | Source

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    • BlossomSB profile imageAUTHOR

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      polarbearart: Thank you! That sounds like a great idea!

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      polarbearart 

      5 years ago

      An easier way is to freeze the bananas and use chocolate hard topping for ice cream, no heating needed and the kids can do it themselves ;)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      PurvisBobbi44: Time's a funny thing, isn't it? Yesterday at 4.00 p.m. I rang to wish someone in the US a happy birthday and there it was the day before! What a great idea about rolling them in nuts - extra nutrition and crunch, too.

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      PurvisBobbi44 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Now I am hungry and it is midnight here---so I will just have to dream about it until tomorrow.

      Great information about bananas and recipe. After I coat the bananas in hot chocolate I think I will roll them in ground pecans or peanuts---that would be good.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      rebeccamealey: Well, I'm glad I helped you to find it. We have a supermarket add on at the moment for banana ice-cream and it's just to leave the pealed bananas in the freezer overnight, mash with some cinnamon, et voila! Ice-cream.

      Careermommy: Yes, it's a great activity to do with children. I hope you have fun and that they - and you - enjoy the results.

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      Tirralan Watkins 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      BlossomSB, my kids will love this recipe. Thankfully, it is very easy and something we can do together. Thank you for sharing this.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I needed to know how to make these chocolate covered bananas! Thnaks for facts about bananas, too. I never thought the banana as a plant and not a tree. It makes sense!

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 

      5 years ago from Philippine

      You are very welcome

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      PaoloJpm: Good idea. I'm sure real bananas will be healthier. At least you'll know what's in the icypoles - no weird additives. Thank you for your comment.

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 

      5 years ago from Philippine

      I tried making one with powder instead, but, since you have created this hub I'll be doing it too.! thanks for sharing.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      ahorseback: They are Mmmmm, although at the moment I can only raid the refrigerator on Sundays, as it's Lent. Thanks for your comment.

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      ahorseback 

      5 years ago

      Oh My , chocolate covered too . MMMmmmmmmmmm!..........Make ME some !.......:-]

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Vellur: Yes, they are delicious. I now have a small stash in the freezer. They make a delightful snack. Thank you for your comments.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Delicious!! Easy to make too. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      livingsta: They're so easy and taste really good. Thank you for your comment.

      always exploring: When you make them they'll probably look better than the ones in the photos! They were rather messy. We learned as we went along.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I eat a banana everyday for breakfast along with an orange. I will be making chocolate banans icy- poles, they look delicious...Thank you..

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      livingsta 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Interesting! Never heard of these. thank you for sharing!

      Voted up and sharing!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      faythef: They taste even better than they look! I've just sneaked out to the fridge and had one.

      Faith Reaper: They are bliss. I like dark chocolate, but if it's not sweet enough you can add some caster sugar when it's melted. Bless you.

      Missin Behavin: That idea sounds good, too. Did the yoghurt stick on? The first time I tried these I dipped them in the chocolate without being frozen and it just slid off LOL!

      Eiddwen: Hope they go down well and they have fun making them. You have a great day, too.

      MsDora: Thank you for your comments. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      My mother grows bananas. Frozen banana smoothies are a special treat. Thanks for the nutritional information and the recipe.

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      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      Oh yes I am saving this gem for when grandkids come to stay next.

      Thank you again Blossom for sharing and have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Melissa 

      5 years ago from Canada

      Looks yummy, i've done something similar to this. I sliced up the bananas and dipped them in yogurt and put them in the freezer.

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, I love bananas, but to top with them chocolate!!! I am in heaven now. Wow, Blossom, thanks for the insightful hub of the history of the banana and its health benefits.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Faythe Payne 

      5 years ago from USA

      Oh that looks so good ..

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