With the summer heat at its peak, it can be tempting to seek reprieve in foods that don’t support our health goals (ice cream, anyone?). So we often leave the table feeling frustrated and guilty, wishing we could rewind that clock and just say no to Ben and Jerry. That’s why it’s so game-changing, for both our health and happiness, to discover recipes that genuinely satisfy the taste buds and support internal health simultaneously.
Today’s Monkey Tails recipe – a simple, healthified take on chocolate-covered bananas – is a go-to in our arsenal and sure to leave you satisfied on a hot summer’s day.
Before I go into the how-to, there are two major variables that influence whether or not this treat is considered healthy. I recommend that you select a chocolate that is at least 70% dark (it contains more antioxidants and less sugar), organic (conventional cacao is heavily sprayed with pesticides), and low sugar (compare nutrition labels at the grocery store.) Opt for organic bananas too, as conventional ones are sprayed with toxic pesticides as well. Last, although cacao and bananas boast impressive health benefits, they do both contain sugar – so have just one tail per sitting, eating mindfully and slowly to enjoy each bite.
And to up the fun, here are three meaningful ways to incorporate Monkey Tails into your day-to-day routine:
- Get your kids involved in the cooking process so they can learn more about healthy food.
- Enjoy ‘em as a “dessert” after your protein-oriented dish to aid in the post-workout recovery. (A starchy carbohydrate, like the banana, plus a protein is the ideal post-workout meal combo.)
- Prep them for a dinner party or BBQ to serve as a creative, homemade frozen treat.
With that, let’s get to the creating!
HEALTHIFIED MONKEY TAILS | DARK CHOCOLATE-COVERED BANANAS
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
- 6 bananas
- 24 oz 70+% low sugar organic dark chocolate chips
- Optional: toppings of your choice (crushed walnuts, pistachios, or walnuts; goji berries; coconut flakes; anything organic and low sugar that sounds tasty to you!)
Slice the bananas in half, insert the pointy side of the skewer between the two halves, and place the whole banana on a silicone mat-covered cookie sheet. (The silicone mat makes the pan non-stick.) Place in the freezer for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Set up your double boiler by filling a pot ¼ with water, bringing it to a boil, reducing it to a simmer, and setting the mixing bowl on top.
Add the chocolate chips to the double boiler bowl and let it melt completely, stirring as needed.
Coat the frozen banana in the chocolate, using the back side of the spatula to cover the banana evenly and completely.
Optional step: Sprinkle the toppings of your choice on top of the chocolate-covered banana, making sure to work quickly as the chocolate will harden fast!
Eat immediately or put the Monkey Tails in an airtight container and store in the freezer to enjoy later.
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Written by: Valerie Bisharat