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Banana Bon Bons (raw vegan paleo)

banana bon bon raw vegan paleoBANANA BON BONS (raw vegan paleo)

Raise your hand if you remember BON BONS? Yes, the little chunks of ice cream covered in chocolate that you just popped in your mouth. There was just something about them that made you feel like royalty when you indulged in them. In fact most of us think that royalty just “lay around eating bon bons”… Was it the rich creamy ice cream? Was it the decadent chocolate that they were dipped in? Was it the fact that they were the perfect way to BLOW YOUR DIET? What ever it was, I had my fair share of them in my days past. Now that I do not indulge in any of the conventional ingredients that traditional bon bons are made of, how am I to feel like royalty again?  I can regain that feeling without all the stuff I don’t want by making my recipe for BANANA BON BONS. Yes.. they are still frozen treats. YES.. they have a creamy and dreamy center. OH YES.. they are covered in decadent chocolate! Since they have ALL of the bon bons beloved components, what is missing? Well these little guys are missing the cholesterol, dairy, refined sugar, trans-fat, preservatives, emulsifiers, and highly processed artificial ingredients that the commercially produced bon bon have. I am sorry that I had to just ruin the fantasy of the other bon bons but wait….. Here is what this recipe has–Banana, coconut oil, date syrup, cacao and shredded coconut; and they are raw vegan paleo.  You can definitely feel good about those ingredients and that they conform to a healthy lifestyle! AND again, the creamy dreamy chocolate covered frozen treat that TASTES AMAZING! So even though we crave bon bons, we can ALL indulge in BANANA BON BONS and feel like royalty again! BON BON APPETIT!

A CHEF”S TIP: To quickly ripen bananas, place them in a large brown paper bag with an apple and fold down. Set the bag on the counter and check every 12 hours for freckles and browning. Once ripened, remove from the bag and use in your recipe. (PS- the apple will be fine to eat too!) Also some stores and markets sell ripe bananas for baking, you can use these too!

MAKES 24 BON BONS

4 large organic sun dried madjool dates

1/2 cup filtered water

2/3 cup cold pressed unrefined organic coconut oil

1 cup raw organic 100% cacao powder

6  ripe organic bananas

1/2 cup raw sun dried fine shredded coconut

24 paper mini muffin or candy cup liners (1 1/2 inch ones)

small pot

4 cup pyrex measuring cup

calibrated thermometer

mini ice cream scoop (the one bigger than a melon baller but not as big as a traditional ice cream scooper)

Halve and pit the dates, now chop the dates into small pieces. In a small bowl cover with the water and set at room temperature for 24 hours. Drain and reserve 1/3 cup the liquid, this is your date syrup. Use the solid date pieces and remaining date syrup if any in another recipe or smoothie. Take your small pot and place the pyrex in it. Now fill the pot half way up the side of the pyrex with water (be sure not to get water in the pyrex). Place onto medium heat and heat until the water is 110 degrees F (use your thermometer to be sure). Maintain 110 degrees F by adjusting the stoves heat (mine works on medium-low heat). Place your coconut oil in the pyrex and heat until completely liquid. Whisk in the date syrup. Now whisk in the cacao powder in 1/4 cup at a time, be sure to whisk until smooth each time. Repeat until all of the cacao powder is incorporated, this is your chocolate. Now peel the bananas and leave whole. Lay the banana on its side onto a flat surface. Starting at the left side, use the ice cream scoop and press down on the banana to make a full scoop. Wet your hand with water and press the cut piece of banana into the scoop to form the bon bon shape. Press the release leaver and remove the formed bon bon into your wet hand. Place this flat side down in the center of a flattened out muffin liner. Repeat with all of the bananas (note you should be able to get 4 formed bon bons per banana and have left over trimmings). Whisk your chocolate again and now it is time to cover the bon bons. Hold the papered bon bon in the palm of your other hand. Use a table spoon and scoop out a small amount of the chocolate. Gently cover the top of the bon bon to allow it to run down the sides to completely cover the banana and slightly pool at the bottom. Now push the paper cup sides down to allow the chocolate to cover part of the bottom of the banana. Use a flat cake spatula and gently remove the bon bon from the paper and transfer to a small sheet pan lined with waxed paper (without touching the sides; note the bon bon will slowly slide off the spatula when slightly tilted). Set the bon bons at least a couple inches apart. Pinch some of the shredded coconut onto the top of the bon bon as shown in the picture. Scrape the excess chocolate off the paper back into the pyrex and stir well and wipe your cake spatula clean with a damp cloth. Repeat the above until all the bananas are covered in chocolate, transfered and garnished. Now place flat in the freezer for at least 3 hours to fully set. If serving now: remove from the freezer, set for 5 minutes and gently remove and serve. If serving later, remove from the pan and place in a sealed container in the freezer for up to 1 week.

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