Part of the About Me page talks about how you’ll find some recipes or posts that may cause you to question how I can call this a space that promotes a healthy lifestyle in addition to an active one. This may seem like one of those posts, but as the About Me page explains, sometimes being well and choosing to eat mindfully does indeed involve allowing yourself to enjoy sweet pleasure food (I dare not call these treats junk food) every once in a while. Heck…I enjoy a dessert almost every night, but what I’ve come to call dessert is not what most people think. For example, half a banana (or carrots) and some peanut butter will satisfy my dessert-craving just as a cookie might.
I love bananas. This needs to be well known. I don’t eat nearly as much as I know some people do(especially some high carb athletes and fruitarians who eat 10+ bananas a day), but for the average person, my 3-5 bananas a day is up there. But my body loves them and I know to listen to my body when it comes to healthy foods that it craves. The only thing is that while my body loves bananas (among many other good, nuritious foods), my brain loves chocolate. And so does my heart. And my tastebuds. So I’ve combined these two foods and others to treat me and Val to some healthy-ish dessert bites for when the chocolate craving hits.
These banana pops are not just your simple chocolate-covered bananas—that wouldn’t be ERaD-worthy. I had to make them a bit more nutritious.
So, what are the ingredients?
Semi-sweet chocolate chips (nondairy)
Almond or peanut butter
Smidgen of coconut oil
(Adding diced goji berries or soaked chia seeds would be an incredible addition for both taste and nutrition. I would sprinkle them on top of the peanut butter along with the hemp seeds
How’d they come to be super delicious?
- Use as many bananas as you’d like and cut them however you’d like, but the smaller the better. Smaller slices will help you minimize how much you eat in one sitting. If you use a whole banana, you’ll likely eat the whole chocolate-covered banana when you may have been satisfied with only a couple bite-sized slices.
- If you want, insert popsicle sticks into the larger banana bites (banana halves or thirds work best) to make some chocolate-covered banana pops.
- Place parchment paper on a plate (I used a large bamboo cutting board) and spread the banana slices on the parchment paper. Place the plate with bananas in the freezer for 2-3 hours.
- Two options: 1: Put peanut butter into a separate bowl or mug. Mix hemp seeds in with the nut butter. Put a smidgen of peanut butter on banana slices. 2: Spread nut butter on the banana slices and sprinkle hemp seeds on top. When done, put the banana slices back in the freezer for 20-30 minutes.
- Put the crushed almonds on a plate or in a bowl nearby.
- When the bananas are nearly ready to be removed from the freezer, pour the nondairy chocolate chips (I used 1 cup for 3 bananas and had plenty of melted chocolate leftover, but I didn’t cover 100% of any of the banana slices) and ½-1 teaspoon of coconut oil (I prefer to minimize oil at all times so I used ½ a teaspoon at most) into a pot/sauce pan. Don’t let water come into contact with the chocolate chips or the pot so as not to interfere with the melting process. Melt the chocolate chips and oil on low heat and stir until smooth.
- When chocolate is melted, remove the frozen bananas from the freezer.
- Begin to cover the banana bites/slices in chocolate, but as you do so, sprinkle the crushed almonds on the chocolate before it hardens. Cover as much or as little of the banana in chocolate as you please.
- When done coating the bananas in chocolatey goodness, place the plate of bananas back in the freezer for another 20-30 minutes to enjoy frozen or enjoy them right away, as is.
Because you can make these treats bite-sized, they can be perfect for the sweet your craving after dinner or when your around on the weekends and want to eat out of boredom. The only part that isn’t particularly nutritious is the chocolate so you can use carob chips or dark chocolate instead of the nondairy chocolate chips for some kind of added nutrients, but I’m sure, at least with the carob chips, that the melting process will be different so look into that before you follow this recipe!
What’s your favorite snack that you like to prepare or have prepared from someone close to you?