Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Bacon Wrapped Banana with Dark Chocolate



I love feeding my kids. I always ask them what they'd like to have next time they eat a big meal because I see what they want again, what are becoming new favorites. Earlier this week when I'd told them I had beef short ribs to cook,  Ger had asked for kale chips, Cassie'd asked for sweet potato fires and mashed baby red potatoes, and Isaac? Well, he wanted my Bacon Wrapped Banana but he wanted them covered in dark chocolate. I thought all of these were great ideas! Here's how I made the Bacon Wrapped Banana with Dark Chocolate:

I cut a package of bacon in half with scissors.
I peeled and cut 4 organic bananas into pieces the size of a date. (maybe 5-6 pieces in a banana, depending on its size. It's usually 24 pieces of bacon so you could make 4 bananas into 8 pieces each, or 3 bananas into 8 pieces each - make it work)
I put parchment paper on a baking sheet.
I wrapped each banana piece in a half-piece of bacon and placed it on the baking sheet with the end of the bacon tucked under. (so they wouldn't unwrap... if yours are stubborn, use toothpicks)

I put them into a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes. Then, the bacon seemed to need 3 minutes under the broiler. (Yours might be ok. I think it would depend on the bacon... this was thick and right off the farm!)

While they were cooking I melted  1/2 tsp coconut oil, a dash of sea salt, and 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips in a small bowl that I sat in a skillet of water, warming it until the chocolate melted while being stirred. You could use the microwave, but I never do. 
When the bacon wrapped banana came out from under the broiler, I let them cool. Then I poured the melted chocolate over them. 
Great idea, Isaac!