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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Chocolate Covered Bananas Recipe- Vegan, Paleo, Easy

I wanted to apologize for not posting so much this past week- I had an insanely packed week, working really hard. On Sunday, I taught a class on frugal grocery shopping, on how to get groceries for pennies. On Wednesday I taught a class on foraging for really busy people, with an emphasis on how to pick a lot of things in a very short amount of time, as well as a food prep demo, where we made 3 different foods with the plants we just gathered- (gluten free) pasta with wild greens, onions, and nutritional yeast, wild greens salad, and fennel tea.
I just now got back from a last minute foraging class in a city 2 hours from my home. I had to be there anyhow for an appointment, and since I had been requested by many people to do a class there, but it was difficult for me to get there, I decided to hit two birds with one stone, and yesterday I announced that there'd be a class there this afternoon, and it was an amazing turnout for less than 24 hours notice!
We had so much fun foraging and found so many things, including my very first wild asparagus! (I'd been looking unsuccessfully for years!) We also found lambsquarters, a bunch of different types of mustard, a bunch of varieties of sage, a bunch of different members of the dandelion family including sow thistle, cat's ears, and wild lettuce, chamomile, pineapple weed, garland chrysanthemum, and many, many more plants.
And now that I'm home I'm exhausted!

But just because I had a long day/week doesn't mean I'm forgetting about you wonderful readers!

So, I'm going to leave you with this recipe for chocolate covered bananas. It's easy, delicious, not too unhealthy, vegan, can even be paleo if you use Enjoy Life chocolate chips, and can be very cheap if you buy your chocolate chips and bananas on sale at an incredibly low price like I did. (Reduced rack bananas and scratch and dent store chocolate chips.)


Forget that they look like something inappropriate- they're totally worth it, and were a huge hit with my family and I'm sure they will be with yours. My kids said they were the best dessert ever, so I'll take that as a compliment. And since they were so easy and cheap to make as well, that's even more awesome.

Chocolate Covered Bananas Recipe- Vegan, Paleo, Easy

Ingredients:
1 pack chocolate chips
1/4 cup coconut oil
A bunch of bananas
Toppings- coconut, chia seeds, raw buckwheat groats, ground nuts, etc... Optional

Instructions:
1. If, like myself, you don't usually have room in your freezer, your first step must be to clear enough room in your freezer to be able to insert a baking tray into it, and still be able to close the door. If you have plenty of room in your freezer, feel free to skip this.

2. Melt your chocolate chips and coconut oil in a double boiler (or small pot inserted into a bigger pot that has an inch or so of water in it, and then put on the stove) or microwave.

3. Peel your bananas, and dip them, one at a time, in the melted chocolate. I dipped mine most of the way, holding a portion of the banana, which then was not covered by chocolate. After you dip each banana, lay it down on your lined baking tray. Then dip more and more bananas until they are all covered and your tray is filled.

4. With a spoon, drizzle more chocolate over the uncovered parts of the bananas so they'll be all covered with cocolate.

5. If desired, cover your bananas with toppings.

6. Freeze at least 6 hours. until your bananas are fully frozen solid.

7. Remove the bananas from the baking tray, and put them all into a container, and then put them back in the freezer.

Enjoy!

What have you been up to lately? Anything fun?

Ever made chocolate covered bananas? How do you make them? Are they a hit with your family? What is your favorite topping for chocolate covered bananas?

4 comments:

  1. I think I'll try this tomorrow. I am always looking for healthier desserts. Thanks

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  2. Excellent...I have banana's about to expire and some chocolate bark and some nuts. Can't wait.

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  3. Does it have to be coconut oil? Can I use olive oil?

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  4. One of our fave treats is to slice bananas 1/4-1/2 inch thick (coin-shaped), spread a touch of PB or any other nut/seed butter, then freeze on a waxed paper-lined sheet for 45 min or so. Then, dip them in chocolate, place back on the lined tray an freeze for several hours. I keep containers/baggies of these in my freezer all of the time for a yummy and not-so-bad for you treat. :)

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