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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Healthy Vegan Banana Fudge Recipe- Paleo Option, and Easy


I have a second fridge/freezer, living in my backyard, except right now it isn't working. We bought our current fridge/freezer when our old one broke, and after the new one came, we realized that we could fix the old one. And so, it has been sitting in our backyard, exposed to the elements, but has been working. I guess the weather has affected it, or something has, because it stopped working properly. I know I can probably fix it (as the motor is still working, the fan I just assume is blocked) but before I can do that, I have to empty it out.

So all my bananas that I bought super cheaply overripe and froze? I kind of had a surplus that I needed to use up. I haven't found a banana bread recipe that measures frozen bananas in cups, and all my frozen bananas are frozen in such large batches that recipes that call for a banana or two don't work for me. I made banana crumble the other week and it was terrific and used up 20 bananas.
Banana smoothies are also great but I don't currently have a blender (I actually have a new one, currently waiting at my friend's house to pick it up) so can't make them. And as for banana ice cream- it is delicious, but as I mentioned, I'm running a little short on freezer space so that didn't really work.

I thought to make banana fudge using my overripe bananas, and this recipe came out so unbelievable, and it is totally healthy, easy to make, frugal, vegan, etc... While it isn't completely Paleo, it can easily be made Paleo by replacing the peanut butter that I used with a nut or seed butter like almond butter, cashew butter, tahini paste, or sunbutter. Oh, and there are some brands of chocolate chips that are Paleo, like Enjoy Life brand's chocolate chips. If you don't have them, you can replace them with cacao nibs or leave them out entirely.

Healthy Vegan Banana Fudge Recipe- Paleo Option, and Easy

Ingredients:
3 cups overripe bananas (if you're using frozen bananas and they've defrosted and separated from the liquid, use both the liquid and the banana solids for this)
1 cup peanut butter, nut butter, tahini, sunflower seed butter, etc....
1/2 cup coconut oil or palm oil
15 dates, ideally medjool
1/2 cup chocolate chips pr cacao nibs (optional)

Instructions:
1. Blend your bananas in a food processor or strong blender until smooth.

2. Add your peanut butter, nut butter, or seed butter and blend until smooth.

3. Add your coconut oil and dates, with seeds removed, and blend until smooth. You don't have to first melt your coconut oil.

4. Mix in chocolate chips or cacao nibs if desired.

5. Put in a lined 9x13 baking tray, or silicon molds. Drop the tray lightly on a hard surface a few times to allow it to settle down most evenly and get rid of bubbles.

6. Freeze until solid, or for at least a few hours.

7. Remove from the freezer ideally ten minutes before serving.

8. Cut with a sharp knife into squares and serve.

Enjoy!


P.S. Once you cut up your tray of frozen fudge pieces, you can stack them and store them in a more freezer friendly container, and then you can just remove one at a time and eat it immediately.

This recipe is so great that despite recently being strict with Paleo after so long not being strict (especially with sweets and junk), I don't feel deprived at all because it is just so darn good. I highly, highly recommend this recipe.

What's your favorite thing to do with overripe bananas? Ever had banana fudge? Does this look like a recipe you'd enjoy?


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