Creamy, cold, and packed with lots of flavours and textures, Cocoa Banana Coconut Melties are the perfect way to cool down after an afternoon of fun in the sun. With a base of bananas, you can throw almost anything that you want—mine are filled with chocolate, nuts and dried berries.
These treats are gluten free, dairy free, vegan and of course paleo so they can be a great dessert option for when you have guests over for the day.
The recipe for these treats came to me the day my dehydrator broke. Usually I take this recipe and press it into rounds on a parchment sheet at the meat jerky setting for 8-10 hours. The last time I went to set my timer, I heard the dreaded noise of the motor.
And then felt my life flash before my eyes.
“Re re re re ree.. ree.. ree… .. re…. r.. ..”
My beloved dehydrator had come to the end of its life. I was expecting it sooner or later, but never thought the day would truly come.
I had to think fast as to what I could do with my nutrient packed banana mixture. I debated gearing up the oven for the long haul but the house was already so so so warm.
So I started thinking:
The days are hot, the nights are hot, and everyone is reaching for something to cool down with. Popsickles, icecream, beverages—anything.
The thing about all these treats is that they are full of refined sugars and dairy that may not always agree with you. The spike in blood sugar leaves you extra tired and wanting more.. And hungrier than before. The latest trend is making “nice-cream” but I am all about convenience and don’t exactly like pulling out the blender every time I want a treat. What if I could make the dough into little macaroon sized mounds and place them in the freezer? As a child, I used to cut and dip bananas in chocolate with a toothpick for dessert, so this could turn into something amazing.
And I was right.
They were creamy, crunchy, flavourful and cooling. The best part was, they were guilt free and easy to make, store and eat! Try making these with your children and explore with the flavours! Banana raspberry coconut sounds great to me and with all the fruits coming into season, the possibilities are endless.
Chocolate Banana Coconut Melties
2 Bananas mashed
2 Tablespoons cocoa/cacao powder
2 Tablespoons coconut
1 Tablespoon flax seeds
2 Tablespoons gogi berries or any dried berries
2 Tablespoons Almonds
1 Teaspoon cinnamon
1 Teaspoon vanilla
Mix all ingredients into a bowl and drop onto a parchment lined cookie tray in any shape you desire. I prefer to drop them by the tablespoon. Place into freezer for a minimum of 5 hours.
*For crisps: place mixture onto parchment lined dehydrator trays by the teaspoon. Flatten the mixture and dehydrate for 8-10 hours on meat jerky setting.
With Love, from Ficus.