Chocolate Nutty Treats

These treats are a fantastic way of making use of ripe bananas. I must admit, initially I was hesitant to use bananas to make these bliss balls, as I had never done so previously. However, I am elated that I did as they taste amazing! This was an instance whereby I stepped outside of my comfort zone to try something new. Even though this activity had the potential to disappoint or lead to failure, it did not matter as it proved to be a learning curve. To attempt again or until the recipe became a success! Remember, failure is important in life as it allows us to learn from our mistakes, making us stronger and leading to new and greater ideas. See, baking has many advantages and life skills associated to it, not just the benefit of eating delicious foods! However, I do suggest consuming these within a week. Although, will there be much difficulty in this challenge?

Bananas are one of my favourite fruits as they prove to be incredibly versatile and nutritious. Normally, when bananas are too ripe to eat, I freeze them to use in smoothies or smoothie bowls, protein ice cream, yoghurt or place as a topping to accompany my muesli or granola. Ripe bananas can also be used to make banana muffins, loaves or a cake which will leave you feeling satisfied.

Bananas are a fibre source of pectin and resistant starch. Resistant starch is resistant to digestion which moves down towards the large intestine, where this starch is fermented by bacteria in the process which forms a short-chain fatty acid, butyrate which has beneficial intestinal effects. Therefore, bananas are a great prebiotic food to support and nourish the growth of friendly bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. Bananas are a sensible source of nourishment to soothe the stomach and restore balance in the gut. Bananas also consist of vitamins and minerals such as Potassium for cardiovascular health as it helps to reduce blood pressure, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C.

These treats are an efficient way to use ripe bananas and perfectly complement the flavours of the peanut butter and cacao powder. A definite go-to for all who have a guilty pleasure for peanut butter, the mood enhancing and decadent flavour of chocolate and a hint of banana to increase one’s daily intake of fruit.

Get creating and ensure you are incorporating five plus a day into your diet. Your body will thank you.

Love, thoughts and hugs always,
Maddie x

*Ingredients:

– ¼ cup cacao nibs
– 2 teaspoons organic cacao powder
– 1 tablespoon peanut butter (or any nut butter of choice)
– 1 cup of oats (gluten free if you prefer)
– 1 medium sized, ripe banana
– 1 teaspoon maca powder

*Method:

1. In a bowl, use the back of a fork to mash the banana into a paste.
2. Melt the peanut butter in the microwave or in a saucepan until a liquid is formed.
3. Add all ingredients in a food processor and combine until a sticky mixture is formed.
4. Roll into desired shaped balls and refrigerate for two hours or overnight.
5. Store in airtight containers and keep refrigerated.

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