I once pondered about what to do with seriously ripe ripe fruit such as bananas and strawberries that i saw going to waste in supermarkets. That was until i decided to freeze the fruit and then pull them out to combine them with coconut milk to make an instant desert – Yum!
So below is a recipe for a dairy free dessert that includes a splash of cocoa, peppermint and lavender to create a gorgeous floral caramel flavor. Added … its a yummy way to have a delicious desert and get the goodness of coconut into your diet. Coconut fat, present in unaltered (ie NOT low fat) coconut milk has very beneficial fatty acids. Indulge!
3 ripe bananas – frozen
1/8 teaspoon / pinch of salt
300ml / 3/4 of a can of Full Fat organic Coconut Milk
3 level tablespoons raw organic fair trade cocoa powder
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 tablespoon lavender flowers
Pop all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until thoroughly mixed … et voila!
I really invite you to play with this recipe – such as adding in ripe, frozen berries. Another idea is cooking the bananas in sugar to make a caramel sauce (use fresh, ripe and mashed bananas) and then chilling when done in the freezer before mixing with the coconut milk
Coconut: Functional benefits: Blood Glucose regulation and promoting weight loss; Immune enhancement
Banana: Functional benefits: lowering blood pressure, protecting against heart disease and strokes – due to potassium; cholesterol lowering and colon health – due to pectin content
NUTRITIONAL NOTES: Please buy fair trade fruit and cocoa due to the slavery effects that Big Industry exerts on growers of these crops
Murray, M. (2005). Encyclopedia of Healing Food. New York, N.Y.: Atria Books
Hoogerhyde, K., Walker, A., Gough, D. (2012). Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones. New York, N.Y.: Ten Speed Press