Friday, March 25, 2011

Cinnamon-Sweet Walnut Encrusted Banana...with Quick & Easy Chocolate Sauce

This is exactly the kind of treat to surprise (or spoil) your favorite person with. 
In my case it was a breakfast treat for my sister. After a "girls night" filled with laughter, music, and getting our Joss Whedon fix on, I was able to wake up early the next morning and prepare this, in addition to a couple of breakfast smoothies. It's so quick and easy to make if you have the recipes on hand.
The unintentional theme for this week seems to be appetizer type food. Maybe because I've been thinking a lot about having picnics and tea parties...either way I'm happy about it. I love feeding people - and I hope this inspires you to do the same.
Important Recipe Note:
While I chose to make this a cold dish (the bananas are frozen), you can also make it warm if you'd like. Try gently heating up your chocolate sauce (on your stove top or in your dehydrator), and place your Bananas in the dehydrator, or conventional oven set at it's lowest heat leaving the oven door cracked open. Warm the Bananas for 2 hours. This will firm up the crust on the outside of the banana very nicely.
Also - if you DO choose to eat the Bananas frozen/cold make sure they are cut into a comfortable bite-size. A big mouthful of frozen banana can be a painful experience!
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Cinnamon-Sweet Walnut Encrusted Banana
This recipe calls for 3 bananas and makes enough for roughly 3 or 4 people
Step 1. Cinnamon-Sweet Walnut Crust
You can do this first step with either a food processor or plastic baggy and a heavy flat object!
1 & 1/2 c Walnuts
1/2 c Coconut Crystals (or Coconut Palm Sugar)
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
Place all of the above ingredients into your food processor (OR you can do this in a plastic baggy with a heavy flat skillet) and grind/process until it looks like this:
Transfer your Walnut mixture into a large Container (preferably one with a lid) and move on to the next step.
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Step 2. Making your Encrusted Bananas
In a medium sized mixing bowl combine and mix together the following:
1 tsp Date Paste
1 tsp Lemon Juice
1 Tbsp Water
After you've mixed together the above ingredients, Add to your mixing bowl
3 Bananas (cut into bite sized pieces) 
Toss your Banana pieces so they are evenly coated with the wet mixture. This is important because it will ensure that the Walnut Crust sticks to the Bananas.
Next, place your "wet" Bananas into the bowl containing your Walnut crust:
Place the lid onto your container and shake your Bananas around in the Walnut Crust!
Transfer your Encrusted Bananas to a Pan that has been lined with Parchment Paper...
Place your Bananas into the freezer for at least 30 minutes (I recommend 1 hour) so they can firm up!
While you're waiting for your Bananas to freeze you can opt to make this lovely Semi-Sweet Chocolate Sauce...
Semi-Sweet (Quick & Easy) Chocolate Sauce 
In a small mixing bowl combine the following:
4 heaping tsp Date Paste
3 Tbsp Cacao powder
1 tsp Vanilla
1/4 c plus 4 Tbsp Water
Mix/Whisk it all together...
Dip or Drizzle this sauce over your Bananas (or whatever else you want to pair it with).
Enjoy!!

xoxo,

6 comments:

  1. OMG, I am making this sooo soon. Another brilliant creation!

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  2. i gotta get busy making your Sour Cream and Date Paste this week so i can make all these other "make me drool all over my computer" recipes you have been posting.

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  3. Yay! I can't wait to hear how it works out for you Amber. Thank you for the comment too!

    xo

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  4. That looks seriously good!! Must try it.
    Peace and Raw Health,
    E

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  5. They seem absolutely delicious! I think they would be great even without the chocolate sauce...

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