These fudgy squares of slightly frozen chocolate banana gooey-ness are not only no-bake, they are also grain free (Paleo), refined sugar free and dairy free. I can’t wait to make them again, but after making them a few weeks ago, I still have a few of them left. They are a perfect treat when I need something and the rest of the family is enjoying ice cream or something else I’m not eating right now.
I’ve been having fun searching the world wide web for healthy treats and finding there are so many options for gluten free, grain free, sugar free goodies. So far I have liked all the things I’ve tried and am excited to try more recipes. This one today is from Christal at Nutritionist in the Kitch. The fudgy bottom layer is simply some dates, almonds, walnuts and cocoa powder (I added a touch of raw honey). This made a perfect no-bake, healthy fudge that would also be good by itself or even just rolled in to balls. After that is spread into a pan, a frozen pudding-like topping is made with bananas, almond butter, cocoa powder and honey. Once that layer is added the dessert is put in the freezer for a short time.
Once the squares are frozen enough, you must hurry to take their picture or they will start melting! ;)
‘Course, never fear—they are delicious frozen, too! (Just give them a few minutes at room temperature and they are perfect.)
Healthy Eatmore Fudge Squares, by Katrina, Baking and Boys!, adapted slightly from Nutrition in the Kitch (Give it up for Christal and check out her blog!)
1 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup almonds, toasted
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon raw honey (optional)
2 ripe bananas
1/4 cup cocoa powder
4 tablespoons almond butter
4 tablespoons raw honey
Soak dates in a bowl with warm water for 30 minutes. Drain. Line a 9x5 bread pan or an 8x8 square baking pan with non-stick foil. Put the dates, almonds and walnuts in a food processor and pulse until it is starting to chop everything up nicely. Add the cocoa powder and honey and process until everything starts sticking together, almost forming a ball. Spread it in the pan and press down making an even layer.
In the food processor (no need to wash it out), combine the bananas, cocoa powder, almond butter and honey and mix until well blended. Pour this mixture over the dates layer and spread evenly. Place pan in the freezer for an hour. Remove from pan lifting the sides of the foil and cut into squares. Store in the freezer.
Try not to eat them all in one sitting. Ha. I feel like they are actually quite filling and one square will do ya—then they’ll last longer, especially if you don’t share them. My boys were not even interested when I told them they had dates in them. I’ll try something else and fool them one of these days. Head over to Christal's blog, Nutrition in the Kitch to find more ideas and great recipes.