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Frozen Chocolate Monkey Treats

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By Catherine Cassidy

Everyone needs a fun, friendly way for kids to play with food. These "bites" are nutty and yummy when you coat bananas in chocolate and dip them into peanuts, sprinkles or coconut. —Susan Hein, Burlington, Wisconsin

Prep: 15 min. + freezing Cook: 5 min.

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium bananas
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) dark chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons shortening

Toppings: chopped peanuts, toasted flaked coconut and/or colored jimmies

Directions:

  1. Cut each banana into six pieces (about 1 in.). Insert a toothpick into each piece; transfer to a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze until completely firm, about 1 hour.
  2. In a microwave, melt chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip banana pieces in chocolate mixture; allow excess to drip off. Dip in toppings as desired; return to baking sheet. Freeze at least 30 minutes before serving.

Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.Editor's Note: To toast coconut, spread in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 5-10 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently.

Nutrition Facts:1 treat (calculated without toppings) equals 72 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, trace sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

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