Saturday, June 30, 2012

Banana Bites with a Hard Chocolate Shell ~ a Raw and Vegan Recipe


Banana Bites
Serves 2 ~ $1.40 per serving



  • 4 bananas, sliced and frozen ($.80)
  • 1 batch hard chocolate shell, previous page ($2.00)
  • 1 tablespoon slivered almonds

This may be the easiest and least complicated dessert I’ve ever made. It’s also delicious, healthy, and takes only minutes to make.

Simply freeze sliced bananas. Then, immediately after removing from the fridge, coat the bottom of each with some of the hard chocolate shell mixture. Set harden on a plastic lined tray. Add a few slivered almonds. And that’s it.

Nutritional information:       calories: 68      fat: 6 gr       carbs: 4 gr      protein: 1 gr



Hard Chocolate Shell
Makes 12 tablespoons ~ $.16 per tablespoon
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons cacao powder ($.80)
  • 4 tablespoons coconut palm crystals sugar, powdered ($.80)
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted until liquid ($.40)

This is the basic hard and crackly chocolate shell that can go on ice cream in cones, or dipped strawberries, or banana splits, or can be allowed to harden in quarter inch thick sheets and cut into chocolate chunks. It’s extremely versatile.

But, this has to be hard and crunchy, so agave or similar sweeteners that are wet just won’t work. A dry sugar is absolutely necessary.

Regular sugar could be used, though it’s not raw. I’ve always used something called coconut palm crystals sugar. It claims to be raw, or rawish. It’s definitely less refined than regular sugar. It’s available online at health food stores and raw food supply shops.

This has to then be powdered, which is easily done in a blender. A bullet type blender is best, but any will work. Just whir up the sugar until it’s powdered. This comes in handy for any chocolate making.

The next three recipes are basically ways to utilize this hard chocolate shell so the instructions are minimal. They are all very simple and easy recipes and make luscious treats that go together in just minutes.

Nutritional information (per tablespoon):      calories: 53      fat: 5 gr      carbs: 4 gr      protein: 1 gr

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We have lots of really fun recipes for kids planned for this summer! Today I wanted to show you the Banana Bites and Hard Chocolate Shell  recipe above, which is from my Spring Raw eBook! This recipe is perfect for kids (though adults loves it, too) and would be simple enough for most to make on their own with age appropriate supervision.



10 comments:

  1. Why do you mainly make sweet things? Sugar is bad, even when it comes from dried fruits and it makes you want to eat everything, and loads of it... Want to see more healthy choices... :)

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  2. these look so delicious!! what a treat:)

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  4. i am subscribed to your emails- I love looking at your daily creations! I have yet to be skilled at creating raw gourmet kinda dishes like you- I don't always know good combos let alone how to mimic cooked food! I eat mostly smoothies and salads- but I am inspired by your recipes, and hope to become as talented soon because my baby is 7 months already and I think I'll need to feed him something a bit heartier than just fruit! ;) Thanks so much for sharing!!!!!

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  5. I have made raw chocolate almond butter cups with agave. It melts quickly, but it definitely still hardens. I used cacao butter and not coconut oil. I imagine the cacao butter is more expensive.

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  7. What are the instructions to make the hard shell? Do I just combine the ingredients?

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  8. Can you use Agave instead of coconut crystals sugar?

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    1. In this recipe, agave will make the chocolate shell fairly soft and gooey, it won't be a hard shell. Other than that, it would taste fine. You might need to experiment :)

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  9. I love your recipes! I'm in the process of going raw, GF. I'm already dairy free and veg. It's so great to have your recipes to help me get there. :)

    Blessings,

    MJ

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