Chocolate Dipped Superfood Bananas
If you’ve followed the blog for a while you’ll know that we’re no strangers to a good old, sweet snack. Personally, my favourites have been our Matcha & Roasted Almond Ice-Cream and our Vegan Double Dark Chocolate S’mores… I could just about live off those cookies and I’m not even a big chocolate fan (I know, you wouldn’t have guessed with our repertoire!). We always try to add a healthy ingredient to the mix though – something to help you get through your day in more than just a sugar rush kind of way.
Bananas are well known as energy-boosting little powerhouses and what better way to amplify that, than by dipping them into superfoods? We halved our narnas, stuck a stick in the flat end and froze them for a few hours. With Summer creeping upon us (albeit very slowly) and with it the dread of after work sweaty gym classes when you’re already sweaty from the day even though you hardly moved around and you’d honestly rather just swim or lie in an ice bath or, better yet, climb into the freezer… we thought these fruity popsicle treats would go down, well, a treat!
After freezing them overnight, we prepped small bowls of a few of our current favourite superfoods – goji berries, matcha covered coconut flakes and some mixed seeds. We then melted the Cocoafair Chocolate over a double boiler, dipped in our frozen popsicles (be sure to turn the stick constantly for even coverage) and then dipped each into one of the three bowls one by one. You can either eat them right away, as the temperature of the bananas sets the chocolate immediately; or you can pop them back into the freezer for later.
Seeds are high in essential omegas and a few of them are little nuggets of protein too. Goji berries have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years. Low in calories, fat-free, a good source of fibre and a high-antioxidant food, goji berries also contain a wide range of phytonutrients, vitamins and trace minerals. Matcha’s super strength is found in its polyphenol compounds called catechins, a type of antioxidant found in superfoods like green tea (matcha is powdered green tea leaves). Known as a cancer-fighter, matcha is rich in antioxidants, rids your body of free radicals and encourages your body’s natural detoxification systems. And guys, we really don’t need to convince you to eat chocolate, do we? Just make sure its a good one, free of preservatives, extra sweeteners, dairy, etc.
These would be the perfect after school snack for children too! Since we’re the only children we know, we happily munched on these healthy treats throughout the day.
- 5 Medium Sized Ripe Bananas
- 1/4cup Goji Berries
- 1/4 cup Mixed Seeds (Sunflower, Pumpkin & Sesame)
- 1/4 cup Sliced Coconut
- 2tsp Matcha (Get Matcha)
- 1/4 cup Cocoa Butter
- 200g 65% Dark Chocolate (CocoaFair)
- 10 Skewer Sticks, halved or cut to preferred length
- Line a baking sheet with nonstick foil or baking paper.
- Place your coconut in a bowl with the matcha, mix well to coat the coconut.
- Peel and cut the bananas in half and insert a skewer stick into each half. Place them on the baking sheet and freeze for 1 hour.
- While your bananas freeze, melt the chocolate with cocoa butter in a microwaveable bowl/cup in the microwave (check it every 30 seconds) or if you are going to use the stovetop prep a saucepan filled halfway with water. Let simmer and place a heatproof dish on top. Place your chocolate in this bowl and stir until smooth.
- Once the chocolate is silky and smooth transfer to a narrow but tall jar – your banana should be able to easily fit.
- Dip each banana in the chocolate, and quickly sprinkle with your toppings.
- These can be served immediately or stored in an airtight container for up to one week.