Summer time in the Mid-Atlantic means heat & humidity. So when I want a treat, it’s got to be creamy and cold. I do love ice cream and sorbet, but lately my “go-to” snack is frozen banana chunks drizzled with chocolate syrup. Why do I adore it so much? Not only is it easy to make, but most people usually have all the ingredients (bananas, vanilla, cocoa powder, sugar and salt) in their kitchen already. No need to run out to a store!
Here’s how I make it.
For the bananas:
Use bananas that are ripened to the point of being covered in brown spots & soft to the touch, but not mushy. Peel each banana, and break it into bite-sized chunks about 1 inch long. There will be 5-6 chunks per banana. Figure a serving size will be about 1 – 1 ½ bananas per person.
Place the chunks into a storage container. (I like glass, but you can also use a plastic freezer bag.) Place in the freezer for a minimum of 2 hours (but longer is better.) Bananas are naturally sweet and freeze well. They’re fat and cholesterol free, are high in potassium and have about 3 grams of fiber (per medium banana), all of which help protect against heart disease and cancer.
When it’s snack time, just put 5 or 6 banana chunks into a bowl. You can eat them plain, but they’re incredible drizzled with the following chocolate sauce!
For the chocolate sauce:
This recipe comes from epicurious. It’s super fast, easy and delicious!! Here’s the link, and my additions to the recipe. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/chocolate-syrup-107781
1 c filtered water
½ c regular sugar or coconut sugar
2/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ tsp salt (I used sea salt)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
In a medium saucepan, bring the water & sugar to a boil, whisking until the sugar is dissolved. Whisk in cocoa and salt, and simmer, whisking, until slightly thickened (about 3 min.) Remove from heat and add vanilla. Cool. (Syrup continues to thicken as it cools.) You can make this in about 5 minutes time, but it’s best if you make it and cool it ahead of time. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator.
And there you have it, a guilt-free frozen treat that satisfies any sweet craving! What’s your favorite summer treat? Post a comment and share your favorite guilt-free snack!