Friday, March 9, 2012

Move Over Bananas Foster!

For me any dessert with chocolate is better than any dessert without chocolate.  So today I say “Move over Bananas Foster!” – because this dessert is so much better.  After all it has both chocolate and caramel, plus it is so much easier to make!

This super simple recipe looks really fancy, but has only fresh bananas, brown rice syrup (see note at the end of the post), coconut milk and the raw chocolate sauce you made yesterday!

With these ingredients you know that means it’s filled with potassium, magnesium, manganese, and selenium to boost your immune system, plus tryptophan to sooth nerves, keep you calm and give you a restful night's sleep!  In addition to these all important nutrients, this dessert is loaded with enzymes, antioxidants, fiber, medium chain fatty acids all working to protect you from head to toe!

In fact this dessert works overtime to protect your heart, your gut, your brain, your muscles, your blood, your immune system and even your RNA!

So the next time you want to wow your friends or family here's a dessert sure to please - and I can guarantee that you're the only one who will know that it's not just a decadent dessert, but a super nutritious, Real Food, decadently healthy dessert!

Super Simple Caramel Sauce
This is a super fast, 2 ingredient, never fail caramel sauce that’s rich and delicious and filled with vitamins, minerals and medium chain fatty acids!
Yield – 1/4 cup

3 tablespoons organic brown rice syrup
1 tablespoon Thai Kitchen coconut milk

In a small sauce pan over medium-high heat, bring brown rice syrup to a rolling boil.  Add coconut milk and return to a boil.  Continue boiling until the syrup has thickened until it coats the back of a spoon, about 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and keep warm.

Fancy Pulled Caramel Strands
This recipe is even more simple!  It’s simply brown rice syrup! 

2 tablespoons brown rice syrup

In a small sauce pan over medium-high heat, bring brown rice syrup to a rolling boil, stirring occasionally until the syrup is very dark in color and comes to “hard crack stage”.  Put simply, when you hat drop a bit into a glass of iced water it will immediately form into a hard ball.  Remove from heat and set aside for 2-3 minutes.

Fill a large spoon with hot syrup.  Pour a teaspoon on to a large piece of parchment or waxed paper, trailing it into strands, pull with your fingers and it will stretch into long filament shaped strands.  Continue pulling, allowing it to take strange shapes – the more it twists and turns the prettier it will look on your dessert.

It will take you about 3-4 minutes to complete the whole batch.  Just be careful not to touch a big puddle of the syrup because it’s HOT!  But as it stretches out the heat dissipates and there is no danger of it burning your fingers.

If you don’t want the hassle of the strands, you can simply use a spoon and pour it out into thin, zig zag shapes about 4 inches long.  When they are completely cooled they will pop right off your parchment paper.

Move Over Bananas Foster!
This is a mostly raw dessert filled with potassium, magnesium, antioxidants, fiber and so much more.  But I can guarantee that you will be the only one who gives that a thought because this dessert is so delicious and looks so impressively decadent that it’s bound to receive countless ooh’s and ahh’s!!!
Serves 4

4 large bananas (not overly ripe)
4 tablespoons Super Simple Caramel Sauce
4 tablespoons Raw Chocolate Sauce
Pulled Caramel Strands

Remove peel from the bananas and slice them on a sharp diagonal.  Arrange them in 4 small bowls.  Top each bowl with a tablespoon of caramel sauce and 1 tablespoon of chocolate sauce.

Arrange the caramel strands on top of the bowls, serve and wait for the applause!

NOTE: I know there has been some talk about arsenic in organic brown rice syrup, but I’m not really concerned about Lundberg Farms products at this time.  I contacted them right away and they are in the process of measuring the content of arsenic in the soil, the water and the end product.  They are committed to doing anything necessary should their products show anything more than trace levels that are naturally occurring in all rice.  However, if you are concerned you can skip the caramel strands and in the caramel sauce simply substitute 3 tablespoons agave nectar plus 1/2 teaspoon black strap molasses for the brown rice syrup.

I do hope you enjoy this decadently healthy chocolate dessert!

Dr. P

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