My kitchen is terrible. The oven is never the temperature it’s supposed to be, and the one big burner on the stove likes to shut off at random times. I can’t make most of the things I find on Pinterest* but here’s one thing I did make: Chocolate- and peanut-butter bananas.
*Did you hear? We’re on Pinterest!
STEP ONE: Take your laptop into the kitchen and fire up an episode of Friday Night Lights.
This is more important than having the ingredients. Make sure you have room in your freezer for two cookie sheets. If you don’t have room, bake a whole bag of chicken breasts, or four DiGiornos pizzas, or whatever’s in the way.
Get a couple of bananas, some peanut butter, some chocolate chips, and some milk. If you’re in the Midwest, make sure the milk is Roberts Dairy, because it’s the best. I went with crunchy peanut butter to add some texture. Almond butter or any other nut butter would work. Also, “nut butter” is a gross phrase.
Slice the bananas and stick them on a wax paper-covered tray.
Smush some peanut butter on to the bananas. You will end up with peanut butter all over your hands. Stick the tray in the freezer to get it out of the way, and to confirm that you do indeed have room in that freezer.
Pour a bunch of chocolate chips into a bowl, and then a tiny bit of milk. The post that I saw suggested 1/2 cup of chocolate, but I ended up using more than that. Microwave the bowl of chocolate in 15-second intervals until it’s all melted but not runny. Resist the temptation to eat the whole bowl with a spoon.
Take the PB-covered bananas out of the freezer and dunk each one in the chocolate, using toothpicks and a fork to help get everything covered and back on to the tray. At some point during this step, you may get distracted by your Friday Night Lights and the chocolate will get too thick. Stick it back in the microwave for a couple seconds and keep going. Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.
Put a toothpick in each banana and now, magically, they’re hors d’oeuvres. You are fancy! Stick trays back into freezer for a few hours. Serve these bad boys frozen.
Add little flags to your toothpicks like this, in your team’s colors. Bam, now this is a sports snack.