Every Arrested Development fan knows that there's always money in the banana stand...but what kind of bananas are there? Well, thanks to the Bluth's Original Frozen Banana Stand wiki I was able to track down the menu. The recipe below is for basic chocolate dipped frozen bananas with or without nuts, but check out the slideshow to see some make-at-home versions of the Bluth creations and feel free to let your creativity guide you. I used peanuts here, but you can use your favorite nut or mix and match.
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- 6 large bananas
- 12 ounces dark chocolate, melted in the microwave or double boiler
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 1/2 cups nuts, medium coarsely chopped (optional)
Slice bananas in half and carefully mount on Popsicle sticks. Place bananas on a tray, plate or baking dish in the freezer for 2 hours or until firm. You can freeze up to overnight. Do not cover bananas as this will cause ice crystals to form.
In a medium bowl whisk together melted chocolate and coconut oil until thoroughly combined. Place nuts in a wide, shallow plate or pie plate (if using).
Remove bananas from freezer. If ice crystals have formed on the bananas use a paper towel to gently brush them off. Dip banana in chocolate and swirl to cover. Alternately you can use a spoon to help cover and ensure even chocolate distribution.
Roll bananas in chopped nuts. Let cool for 1 minute, Then place on a serving platter. If you don't plan on serving the bananas immediately, return them to the freezer for up to a few hours. If serving from freezer, place on plate and allow to thaw for 10 minutes before serving.