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Banana and Chocolate Empanadas from www.tasteandtellblog.com

I’ve been a very bad blogger. But I have a good excuse. I have come down with pregnancy induced carpal tunnel syndrome, which is really no fun at all. I lose almost all feeling to my right hand if I try to do too much, and typing is one of those things that just doesn’t feel so good to do. So I’m so sorry if I haven’t been around to any blogs lately. I’ve been trying, but after one or two, my hand starts to hurt and typing is next to impossible.

Which is also why this will be a short post. I have a few recipes I need to get up before the end of the year to complete my cookbook project, but I may be pretty scarce for the next few weeks. Hopefully it will start feeling better soon!

My camera battery actually died after only taking 4 photos of this, so I’m sorry if the picture doesn’t really do it any justice. These were actually quite easy – only 30 minutes from start to finish – and pretty tasty as well. But make sure they are served fresh and warm – they don’t keep well, and if you have leftovers the next day, they are pretty slimy and mooshy!!

Banana and Chocolate Empanadas
adapted from 30 Minutes or Less Sweet Treats

Makes 16 Empanadas

2 bananas
1-2 teaspoons superfine sugar
juice of 1/4 lime
6-7 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips
8 sheets of phyllo pasty, thawed and halved lengthwise
melted butter
cinnamon
powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 375F.

Peel and dice the bananas and put them in a bowl. Add the sugar and the lime juice and mix all together. Stir in the chocolate.

Lay 1 long rectangular sheet of phyllo out on a counter and brush with butter. Keep the remaining phyllo covered with a clean, damp kitchen towel. Put a couple of teaspoons of the banana and chocolate mixture in one corner of the pastry, then fold over into a triangular shape to enclose the filling. Continute to fold in a triangular shape until the phyllo is completely wrapped around the filling. Put on a large cookie sheet. Repeat the process with the remaining phyllo and filling.

Bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until the pastries are golden. Remove from the oven and dust with cinnamon and powdered sugar.

Serve warm, but be careful – the filling will be very hot!

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30 Responses to Banana and Chocolate Empanadas

  1. Madam Chow says:

    I’ve never heard of such a thing, but how come I’m not surprised to hear that all sorts of odd things can afflict a pregnant woman, who’s probably uncomfortable enough as it is? I hope you get better, so don’t strain yourself!

  2. Aimée says:

    Oh my gosh, Deb. I had the same thing when i was pregnant with Noah. It was sooo painful. Thankfully it went away afterward, but I did have to do a little physio. I would never wish it on anyone.
    Hope you are better soon.

    Happy holidays!
    xox

  3. The Food Librarian says:

    Sorry to hear about the CT! My friend had that too! These look fantastic!!! Happy Holidays to you!

  4. kat says:

    I think I’ve had something similar in a restaurant, so good

  5. Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer says:

    Do not beat yourself up at all! You take everything at your pace and enjoy this time.
    Happy holidays

  6. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    What delicious looking/sounding Empanadas

    Happy Holidays!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  7. kristina says:

    I’m so sorry about the carpal tunnel syndrome. I had it in my final year of university (typing far too many papers) and it was so terribly painful. Do take a good rest over the holidays and don’t push yourself. We’ll still be here! Happy holidays! K x

  8. Gretchen Noelle says:

    Sorry to hear that you are not 100% these days. I hope you enjoy & relax this Christmas! These empanadas certainly caught my eye right from the title. Chocolate & bananas tucked in pastry. Yum!!

  9. Liz says:

    Wow they look delicious! I hope your wrists feel better soon. I have something similar (ulnar neuropathy) that can make typing a chore.

  10. Mary says:

    I never would have thought of this, but why not? Take care of yourself.

  11. PheMom says:

    Those look really great Deb! I the same thing with both pregnancies as well. Not fun at all. I was lucky that mine didn’t get too bad (on top of being constantly sick LOL!). Take care of yourself and enjoy your holidays!

  12. PheMom says:

    Oh! I meant to tell you that if you can get some little hot pads (like fabric bags filled with rice that you can microwave for a few seconds) and wrap your wrists a few times it can really help with the ache. Good luck!

  13. Peabody says:

    Oh no, sorry you have CT. Hope you are feeling better asap.
    Enjoy the holidays.

  14. sunita says:

    Ouch! I haven’t heard of this condition, but, from what you’ve said, I’m sure it’s no fun…really sorry to hear you going through this. Do take care.

    A very merry Christmas to you and yours, dear Deb :-)

  15. Colloquial Cook says:

    Phyllo, chocolate and bananas.You’re well on your way to sainthood, Deb. I am so sorry to hear about your hand, I hope it gets better soon!

  16. KJ says:

    Sorry to hear that you are not well. I hope things get better for you soon.

  17. Kate / Kajal says:

    Heya , wish you very Happy Holidays n seasons Greetings .

  18. Gigi says:

    I have had empanadas before but never banana and chocolate. These sound so delish …I am bookmarking the recipe!

  19. Emily says:

    My goodness! Don’t be sorry at all! I’ll continue to visit your blog whether you visit mine or not.

    I’ve definitely been slacking on reading blogs and blogging. Oh well.

    These sound great! Bananas are my favorite fruit.

  20. Grace says:

    chocolate and bananas don’t get thrown together often enough, if you ask me. very nice. :)
    and don’t think twice about being unable to visit other blogs–i, for one, will always come back. :)
    happy holidays!

  21. Amanda at Little Foodies says:

    Poor you! Hope it is feeling better and that you had a lovely Christmas.

    These banana and chocolate empanadas would go down a treat here.

    Look after yourself! x

  22. Dawn says:

    Ouch! Well, don’t do a lot of typing then…we’ll miss you, but you and baby come first.
    And the limited pics you have, well, they look good to me.
    Happy New year Deb!

  23. Chocolate Shavings says:

    I hope you feel better soon, and am glad you still found the energy to post these. They sounds delicious!

  24. Cynthia says:

    Happy New Year!

  25. Maria says:

    I hope you are feeling better!! The empanadas look great! A nice sweet treat!

  26. kamailesfood says:

    These sound delectable. Chocolate and bananas are a yummy combo.

    I also had CT when I was pregnant, but I was a glutton for punishment. I just wore wrist braces and tried to ignore the pain.

  27. kellypea says:

    I’ve never had dessert empanadas — these sound really yummy since bananas and chocolate are a favorite flavor combo. Sorry to hear about your arms. I have lots of trouble with mine — have for years and years, so totally know how you feel. Hang in there!

  28. Kevin says:

    Dessert empanadas sound really good.

  29. eatme_delicious says:

    Oh no hope your hand feels better very soon!

  30. Michelle says:

    those look yummy! i’m still keeping my fingers crossed for this Sunday for you! love ya!

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