- Servings: 2
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 ounce dark chocolate
- Cut banana into slices. Melt dark chocolate in a baggy in the microwave (watch carefully, it can burn). Poke a hole in the baggy and drizzle melted chocolate onto banana pieces. Freeze then serve. Serves 2.
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