With a day practically coated in chocolate.. what’s not to love!
Happy (post) Valentines day readers!
This day has always hit a bit of a “sweet spot” for me (I love it), and though every year is a little different there is always one thing guaranteed to be dished up on the menu: chocolate! Usually baked in the form of gluten-free, dairy-free molten lava cakes, this year I took a simpler, but equally indulgent approach…
These bites will make the perfect addition to your family day affairs being rich, salty, chocolaty, dangerously simple to make and entirely family approved from mom-on-the-run to teething toddler.
Sunflower Seed Butter
- You can also use a traditional almond butter here but I have a slight love affair with this seed butter. Be sure to purchase one that is pure (I used Nuts To You), with no additives, sugars etc. that sneak into many conventional brands. Only the good stuff!
- Loaded with heart healthy fats, vitamin E (shown to significantly reduce the risk of heart attacks when abundant in the diet), and magnesium which regulates heart rhythms to prevent irregular heart beats.
- I recommend Giddy Yoyo chocolate bars as these are raw, maintaining the nutrient value of the cacao bean. Chocolate should always be warmed in a double boiler (in a pan over a boiling pot of water) so that these nutrients are not exposed to direct contact with heat.
- Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, which is released in your brain when you fall in love and also stimulates the release of dopamine, the “feel good”, euphoric neurotransmitter.
- Use spotted bananas here as they will be sweeter, riper and more nutritious!
- Rich in bromelain, bananas are known to boost male libido and due to their high potassium content, they are recognised for lowering blood pressure to reduce the risk of heart attacks.
Salted Chocolate Banana Love Bites
- 3-4 Bananas
- 1/3 Cup Almond or sunflower seed butter
- 1 Bar of Giddy Yoyo chocolate
- Course sea salt
- Slice bananas approximately 1/4-1/2 inch thick.
- Spread a dollop of sunflower butter onto half the slices and lay flat on a baking sheet with wax paper.
- Sprinkle a good dusting of cinnamon over top and sandwich with the other half of your sliced bananas.
- Pop these into the freezer for 2-3 hours, or until solid.
- Melt your chocolate slowly over a double boiler. Remove the bananas from the freezer and spoon, drizzle or dunk the chocolate to coat them, sprinkling the course salt overtop before the chocolate hardens (this will happen quickly).
- Place back in the freezer for another 1-2 hours to harden back up. Remove from the freezer when you’re ready to take a bite!
Warning: the making of these love bites may be messy, libido inducing and may trigger excessive trips to the freezer for “just – one – more – bite.”
Wishing you all a love-ly extended holiday,