Sunday, February 13, 2011

Chocolate Banana Bites with Dried Cherry Sauce

Bananas dipped in chocolate topped with cherry sauce

Every now and then, we find some food in the dry storage area of our basement that we had forgotten about.  It may have been pushed too far back or gotten hidden under something else.  This weekend, we discovered a few pounds of dried cherries - that had expired last month!  Time for some creativity and inspiration.

Two ripe bananas, dried cherries, and dark chocolate chips

Bananas cut into chunks, spread onto a sheet pan covered with was paper and place in the freezer for an hour

Simmer 2 cups of dried cherries in a small sauce pan with 2 cups of water over low heat for about an hours.  When cherries are nice an plump, pour the mixture into a blender and puree until smooth.
Dried cherry sauce

Melt 2 cups of dark chocolate chips in the microwave

Coat frozen banana pieces in the melted chocolate then return bananas to the fridge until ready to serve

Chocolate bananas ready for cherry sauce

I had some extra chocolate left over which I spread into a thin sheet and covered with walnuts and dried cherries.

After 20 minutes in the fridge

Dark chocolate bark with walnuts and dried cherries

A big success!


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