Saturday, 14 June 2014

Food Friday - Banana Split Bites

I had a little time yesterday afternoon (you know … when everything is caught up and it’s really to close to the end of the day to start on a new project) so I was trolling around on Pinterest for a little bit.  It’s really quite a dangerous thing to do at the end of the day because of the monumental recipe content.  I came upon this picture of “Banana Split Bites” and was a little intrigued.  When I clicked on a link it took me to -- hmm, these were healthy snacks intended for kids.  Well, I wasn’t going to let that stop me.  They do look like a wonderful alternative to milk and cookies for the little ones after school. 

They also look like a wonderful dessert option for someone on a diet looking for a treat!

As Laura Fuentes (I am making the assumption she is “momables”) says, “This is one MOMtreat you won’t feel guilty about eating.  Yes, haven’t you heard?  There are health benefits of eating chocolate (in moderation).  Another bonus to the great taste of these sweet treats is that they are low-carbohydrate (diabetic friendly).

Imagine putting a plate of these on the table for a dessert option … even my non-dieting family members would gobble them up. 

So with greatest thanks to Momablesâ here’s the recipe.

Banana Split Bites

12  1” pieces pineapple
1 banana cut into bite sized pieces (make sure your banana is not too ripe)
6 medium sized strawberries, cut in half
2.5 ounces dark chocolate
1 teaspoon coconut oil
Chopped nuts (optional)

1.      Cut fruit and assemble into stacks
2.      Press a popsicle stick through the fruit and freeze until solid
3.      Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper
4.      Melt the chocolate along with the coconut oil on the stove-top or in the microwave, stirring frequently to prevent burning.  Once completely melted, remove the frozen fruit from the freezer
5.      Dip the fruit in the chocolate, let the excess drop off and then place on the sheet to harden
6.      If desired, dip the chocolate covered side immediately in chopped nuts or coconut before placing them on the sheet to harden
7.      Once the chocolate is completely hardened, remove from the sheet and place in an airtight container to store in the freezer until ready to serve


Make sure that your bananas are not too ripe.  If you use a ripe banana the sugars break down which will result in a mushy banana once thawed.  Using an unripe banana will prevent this.

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