July 4, 2015

Frozen Bananas (Vegan)

July 4th usually connotes hot dogs, barbecues, watermelon, soda, potato salad. Well here's a healthy dessert idea that is easy for you to prepare and can get your guests involved as well! 

I made the vegan chocolate using my magic shell recipe, and what's so great about the recipe is that it is extremely simple, requires few ingredients, and is forgiving, so you can customize it to your liking. I actually made a sugar-free chocolate shell (only ingredients were coconut oil and cooca powder), and while I think it would taste better if I added just one tablespoon of melted honey/maple syrup, it still tasted fine --- not overly bitter (but that's just my opinion). This chocolate shell also instantly hardens once it touches the frozen banana, so you don't have to let the bananas sit in the freezer after dipping them in chocolate --- this means that your guests can help themselves and customize their own frozen banana!

(of course I added peanut butter)

Recipe: Frozen Bananas
By: Hannah Claudia

chocolate shell:
1/3 cup of cocoa powder
1/3 cup of melted coconut oil
(opt) 1/3 cup of honey/maple syrup/agave (a tablespoon might be sweet enough for you so add to taste)

lollipop/popsicle sticks

topping ideas (be careful: this is where it can get unhealthy)
nut butter, nuts, coconut flakes, sprinkles, granola, m&ms


1. Peel and cut the bananas in half. Place each half on a lollipop/popsicle stick, and freeze for about 1-2 hours. (until frozen solid)
2. Mix the cocoa powder, coconut oil, and optional sweetener in a bowl. 
3a. Set up the topping bar 
3b. (opt) Spread nut butter onto the bananas
4. Dip each banana half into the chocolate (use a spoon to help you drizzle the chocolate onto the banana) and quickly add the toppings before the chocolate fully hardens

xoxo, han

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