Frozen Dark Chocolate Banana Cups

I realize that it is, like, 20 degrees outside and therefore not really the ideal time to share this frozen treat.

But...I can't help it. These little bites are so so good.

By now you probably already know that mashed frozen bananas kind of taste like ice cream.

It's not exactly as amazing as real ice cream (nothing is!), but it's still pretty fantastic.

And bananas + chocolate are always a winning combination.

So these treats? Absolute perfection!

They're basically a banana version of peanut butter cups, except they're frozen and made with dark chocolate.

Note that you have to keep these in the freezer, where they'll last for at least a week. Perfect for when you're craving a little healthy treat.

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Frozen Dark Chocolate Banana Cups
Makes 12 banana cups

Ingredients
1 large ripe bananas (not banana-bread-ripe--just eating-ripe is perfect)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
16oz (2 cups) cups dark chocolate chips or bars, chopped
2 teaspoons coconut oil, divided

Equipment: muffin tin, paper or foil muffin liners

Directions
Place liners in 12 muffin tins. In a small bowl, mash the banana until smooth, then whisk in the vanilla with a fork. Set aside.

Place about half the chocolate in a bowl with one teaspoon of coconut. Microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

Use a spoon to pour a bit of chocolate in each muffin well, using the spoon to push it a bit up the sides. Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes or until set.

Once chilled and set, add a small dollop of the banana mash to each frozen well. (You may have extra banana leftover--I like adding this to yogurt or oatmeal!)

Add the rest of the chocolate and coconut oil to the bowl, and repeat melting process.

Top each of the cups with a few spoonfulls of the chocolate--note that you're not trying to fill the muffin tin--it should only cup up about 1/3 to 1/2 way.

Place in freezer for at least 2 hours, or until frozen.

Remove from muffin tin and store in an airtight container in freezer with a layer of wax paper in between.

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