I think I may watch too much television. But in my defense, I don’t watch it every hour of the day…instead I flip on a show or two before bed (almost always online). But even if that wasn’t the case, and I actually just zonked out in front of the TV every day, who cares? It’s fun! It helps us escape from the daily grind and sometime even provides inspiration for other creative outlets. Like this recipe. It’s inspired by the FUNNIEST show that has ever existed in the history of life; Arrested Development. If you’ve never seen an episode, you unknowingly have a void that needs to be filled immediately. I’m not even kidding. Life is better with Arrested Development (which is why I’m ecstatic that it’s coming back on the air in May after 10 long years!). Even my parents love it. Yup, that’s right, I’ve gotten my mom and dad sucked into the show too! Boo ya!
For those of you who have seen the show, you’ll instantly understand why I made chocolate covered bananas. For those of you who haven’t, well…we can no longer be friends. Kidding! The show revolves around the disgraced Bluth family, who have a lot of personal and professional issues. Majorly dysfunctional. One of their businesses (the only profitable one) is the Bluth banana stand. This banana shaped stand is manned by the main character’s son who makes chocolate covered bananas for customers on the pier. It’s funny. Anyway, after a mini marathon the other night, I decided to make a chocolate dipped banana of my own. Instead of typical peanuts, I covered it in crushed hazelnuts to give a more upscale taste to it. So insanely good! It’s a little crunchy, a little sweet, and a whole lot satisfying.
8 oz chocolate (milk or dark)
1/3 cup hazelnuts
Crush/chop the hazelnuts.
Melt the chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave.
Slice bananas in half . Individually dip the 4 pieces into the chocolate. Carefully push one of the popsicle sticks into the sliced end.
Lay the chocolate covered banana on a parchment paper lined sheet. Sprinkle liberally with the crushed hazelnuts.
Chill for around 30 minutes, then enjoy!