It’s a proven fact that mini desserts are cuter. And they’re especially popular with females. But you knew this, right?
Monday night, we had a house full of ladies (which may or my not have been for the season finale of a popular show which I don’t usually watch, but I can easily be talked into watching when wine and girls are involved.) so adorable desserts were required. Obviously. I saw a bunch of similar ideas on pinterest but I made a few adjustments based on what Trader Joe’s had in stock…
Mini Banana Splits
- 5 bananas (you don’t want them super ripe)
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
- 1 can whipped cream
- 1/4 cup caramel sauce
Ok I’m not going to lie, these are harder than I thought they’d be. But now that I’ve done it, I have lots of tips to help you along the way. First of all, DON’T use super ripe bananas. Second, peel your bananas, and pop them in the freezer for about an hour. They also need to be relatively straight, so it’s ideal to use straight bananas. That will make the whole process easier.
Slice your (slightly frozen) bananas into 1 1/2″ pieces. Melt your chocolate chips in the microwave on 50% power for a couple of minutes, stirring frequently. Dip the bottom of each banana slice into the chocolate, and set on wax paper. Stick them back in the freezer for a few minutes so the chocolate can harden. Now comes the tricky part. Very carefully, using a knife (or possibly a melon baller if you have one) scoop out the inside of the banana. You don’t have to get the whole center out, but at least make a little nook in there. Then using a little 1/4 tsp scooper, fill each banana with a tiny bit of vanilla ice cream. Fill each banana, and still back in the freezer until almost ready to serve. Just before serving, add a dollop of whipped cream on each banana, and drizzle with warm caramel sauce.