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Chocolate Coconut Butter Banana Bites

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Well today I made Angela's (from Oh She Glows) Chocolate Coconut Butter Banana Bites. Wow...Really delicious, very simple, too. Well, simple if you have a good food processor.

Ingredients needed are:

* 2 & 2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (yield: 1 cup coconut butter)
* 1/4 tsp kosher salt
* 1-2 tsp pure extract (I used 2 tsp orange extract, Angela used peppermint extract)
* 2/3 cup sifted powdered sugar (Angela tried maple syrup but said that powdered sugar yielded a better consistency)
* 1/2 cup chocolate chips + 1/2 tsp oil (I used coconut and I upped it to 1 tsp), melted
* Bananas, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces

The first step was to take the shredded coconut and turn it into coconut butter. Angels said it should take about 8 minutes, though she did say that you had to have a good food processor as she has received many emails from people who have said that even after 30 minutes the shredded coconut didn't turn into butter.

I probably processed ~ 30 minutes - plus I took it out of my processor and put it into my vitamixer to see if that helped, but the blender started to smoke and it didn't seem to be any better than the processor. The processor was a knock off a cusinart and had been given to me by a flatmate who moved out and was moving to the mainland (didn't want to move it to the mainland so I got it), whereas my vitamix blender cost a pretty penny so I thought if anything was going to burn out, I would prefer the food processor.

The coconut finally got to be closer to the consistency that Angela's did (she posted pictures).

After that I sifted the powdered sugar, added a little Hawaiian salt, and then selected orange extract (Angela said to chose whatever extract you like, she had selected peppermint). I thought orange would go nicely with the coconut and banana. And I was right.

After all of that got processed I melted 1/2 c of ghiraadelli dark chocolate chips (60% cocoa) and 1 tsp of coconut oil. Angela's recipe only called for 1/2 tsp but I wanted to add a little extract oil.

Once the chocolate melted I added it to the processor and mixed all of the ingredients together. I poured it into a bowl and then dipped my banana pieces into the chocolate coconut butter and placed onto wax paper. I then sprinkled with shredded coconut and popped it into the freezer (on the wax paper) for 15 minutes. I put them into an air tight container and put them into the fridge as I didn't make a lot ( I only used two small apple bananas, which are mini bananas - total of ~ 8 pieces)

Can I just say these are heavenly! One banana bite really satisfied me. And I have a bunch of chocolate coconut butter that I will add to my VOO, and probably make some more chocolate coconut butter bananas!

Here are my photos (again, I apologize for the poor photos)

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