One thing I really love about lower sugar life is the fact that a mere banana can provide me with the most delicious indulgent sweet dessert that is completely natural and with not a grain of refined sugar in sight.
I don’t eat a banana everyday simply because I like to keep them as a real treat for things like this. I tend to eat them as and when the occasion presents itself – which this weekend, it did!
Yesterday my flatmate Louise left for a few days and mentioned that she had a few brown bananas in the fridge that she wasn’t going to eat. I really don’t like wasting food and will do anything to eat things up (there are probably some limits with that statement!). Anyway, on a zero banana waste mission, I decided to make this fudge as a spontaneous weekend treat!
Now, it is worth noting that as bananas ripen their sugar content does increase, but this is perfect if you want to make a sweet tasting dessert or bake without the need for any other sugar substitute or refined sugar.
Naturally, this recipe does contain bit of fructose (and thus sugar), but if you’re feeling in control of sugar cravings, a little banana here and there really isn’t a big deal. If you have just a piece or two of this you’re probably eating ¼ to a ½ of a banana at a time, which if you’ve not eaten anything else sweet all day, is a perfectly acceptable amount of natural sugar in your day to day diet (I will reiterate though, this is as long as you feel largely in control of it).
I live what I call ‘laid back low sugar’ these days and I do believe it’s important to keep variety in your diet both from a nutrition standpoint and to just keep things fun and interesting. This banana nutty fudge did it for me this weekend!
If you’re worried about the fructose, just take note of how something like this makes you crave sugar and if you feel in control eating it. I did notice last night I could have eaten the whole slab of this (which is what sugar can do) but I was forced to stop because a) I knew I needed some to take pictures the next day and b) I was actually quite full from my dinner. Simple strategies that worked. Sharing it with others would also stop you from scoffing the lot and make you popular at the same time!
I suspect everyone will like this nutty fudge recipe, even those who don’t eat lower sugar. It tastes sweet and chocolate like but is packed with healthy ingredients and good fats making it supremely more virtuous than a number of other fudges and desserts.
Nutty chocolate banana fudge
Makes 4-6 portions (you can double and triple this recipe to make more but consider your self control as it’s definitely a once in a while treat rather than a daily staple!)
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 heaped tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 2 tbsp dessicated coconut
- 1 tsp cacao powder
- 1 tbsp peanut butter (or other nut butter)
- 2 tbsp walnuts
For the topping
- 1 tbsp walnuts
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp cacao nibs
- Add all the ingredients to a blender and mix together
- Line a small 6×4 inch casserole dish with parchment paper
- Spoon in the mixture, add the toppings and put in the freezer for 1-2 hours. Remove and slice into portions. You can put some back in the freezer wrapped in cling film to store. When you want to eat a piece, just take out and pop in the fridge for half an hour to soften a little.
Do let me know how you go with this! Tag me on Instagram using @happysugarhabits
How do you feel about using things like bananas to sweeten recipes?