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Hello, my name is Kristin and I have an addiction, it’s called, “Pinterest“. If you don’t have a Pinterest account you need one. Let’s be addicts together.
Pinterest is a community of overachieving women (and I’m sure men too). Pinterest is where you can find links from all over the web which people post and re-pin making it a great place to find new recipes and inspiration. Pinterest also drives me batty. See, lots of recipes are pinned with catch phrases: “healthy”, “good for you”, “homemade”, yet when the recipe is clicked, you find it’s nothing more than processed food ingredients. Oh the frustration.
Last week I found a recipe for chocolate dipped bananas. The thought made me drool. Good thing I spend most my day with a three-year-old and teething toddler, drooling is considered a completely acceptable behavior. I clicked through to the recipe only to find, yup, processed ingredients. Darn.
Why destroy a perfectly nourishing banana by dipping it in a bunch of chemicals? I was still drooling over the idea of chocolate dipped bananas, so I set out to make my own. I knew I could make a tasty and nourishing version. We are talking about chocolate here, how could it be anything less than nourishing and tasty?
I bring you chocolate covered bananas on a cute little stick. The ingredients are simple, real, and super nourishing! Yes, chocolate can be nourishing.
Chocolate Banana Pops
Cut the bananas in half and carefully insert one popsicle stick (or straw) in bottom of each banana. Place each banana on a tray that is lined with parchment paper and place in the freezer.
Keep in the freezer until they are frozen, a couple hours.
While the bananas are freezing, mix the chocolate dip. Whisk until all the ingredients are smooth. This can sit on the counter while you wait for your bananas to finish freezing.
Once your bananas are frozen take them out of the freezer. Pour the Chocolate Dip into a mug or large measuring cup (like this). Dip each banana into the chocolate dip. When the coconut oil comes into contact with the frozen banana it will cause the chocolate dip to instantly harden creating a chocolate shell. Pretty awesome chemistry. If you desire toppings, now is the time to sprinkle nuts or shredded coconut over the chocolate.
Lay your bananas on the parchment paper once the chocolate hardens.
Keep banana pops frozen.
Note: If you desire a thick chocolate shell, follow the steps above, don't add extra toppings just yet. Place the chocolate bananas back in the freezer, freeze. Remove from the freezer and repeat with the dipping process, add toppings as desired.
Need some nourishing info?
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: Packed with iron, magnesium, phosphorous and zinc and other trace minerals! Cocoa powder is also rich in antioxidants!
Coconut Oil: Rich in anti-oxidants. The healthy fat in coconut oil can also have a positive affect on hormones for thyroid and blood sugar levels as well as help one loose weight. Good fat doesn’t make you fat. Coconut oil can also help improve skin.
Raw Honey: “Raw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It promotes body and digestive health, is a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the immune system, eliminates allergies, and is an excellent remedy for skin wounds and all types of infections. Raw honey’s benefits don’t stop there. Raw honey can also stabilize blood pressure, balance sugar levels, relieve pain, calm nerves, and it has been used to treat ulcers. Raw honey is also an expectorant and anti-inflammatory and has been known to effectively treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma.” Source: NaturalNews.com
Bananas: A great source of natural energy because of all the vitamins and minerals they pack. So, grab one these pops instead of your afternoon cup of coffee.
Real Salt: Real salt hasn’t been stripped of all its nutrients like most table salts and has over 84 different minerals.
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