This recipe was a group effort. I am currently studying Iridology and every Wednesday night a group of amazingly dedicated nutritionists schlep out to the suburbs for our class. Get a group of holistic nutritionists together and we talk about food. We love nothing more than simple, wholesome, short ingredient list recipes and that is how this bit of Banana, Coconut, Almond Heaven came about.
Dr. Tom, an MD who recovered from a death sentence cancer diagnosis with nutrition and is now studying along with the rest of us, brought in a snack for us to try that, he boasted, was made of just four ingredients. Coconut oil, carob, stevia and vanilla. So simple and so delicious. I am not a huge stevia fan, at least not in large amounts, but it was delish.
On the drive back to the city after class, my carpool chiquittas and I were discussing this recipe and how we could turn it into a peanut butter cup. We decided instead that we might be able to make a healthy version of a nanaimo bar more easily- adding some banana and almond topping.
This did add a few more ingredients but the health benefits of this treat are rather astounding. The base is made of coconut oil (which I have shared the super powers of) and carob, with a little vanilla extract and omega 3 powered walnuts. The second layer is simply banana and almonds pureed together. This makes this dessert incredibly low on the glycemic index, very high in protein and a superb source of an array of good wholesome, healing fats. It is completely grain, sugar, and dairy free making it an awesome dessert for diabetics, cancer sufferers, IBS/IBD sufferers, anyone on a candida cleanse, detox diet, anti-inflammatory protocol (do I need to go on?).
It is rich and decadent and absolutely healthy. I personally love the taste of coconut oil, but depending on your preference you may chose a milder tasting one for this. Another option would be to leave off the banana, and you can also add in a drop or two of Peppermint essential oil (make sure it's food grade such as Young Living, Member Number: 1062980) to make it minty.
- ⅓ cup cold pressed coconut oil
- ½ cup walnuts, finely chopped
- 1-2 Tbs Carob (or cocoaif you are feeling decadent)
- 2 tsp vanilla (optional for candida)
- 1 banana
- ¼ cup almond butter (or almonds, ground into a meal)
- 2 drops peppermint essential oil
- 2 Tbs coconut
- Melt coconut oil in pan.
- Remove from heat and stir in carob and vanilla and peppermint oil. (optional)
- Mix thoroughly and add in walnuts.
- Pour in to small dish with an edge (I use a small glass pyrex) and place in freezer for ten minute until layer has hardened.
- Blend together banana and almonds.
- Layer over top of coconut oil/carob.
- Sprinkle with coconut.
- Place back in freezer for two hours.
- Using a sharp knife, cut into squares.