Most evenings around 9 o’clock I’m asked, “Do we have any bananas?”, (knowing full well we do), or, “Tonight… can we have bananas?”… my taste tester is hooked – I know I’ve made a good Paleo dessert when it’s requested so often. “Bananas” as it’s shorted to, stemmed from a baked bananas dish I used to make, usually they would be baked for an hour or so and greek yogurt with shavings of dark chocolate would slather them. These days we’re dairy and sugar free (Paleo), so finding a dessert that’s sweet and satisfying can be challenging. Not impossible, of course! Here’s my Paleo dessert recipe for Caramalised Bananas with Cinnamon & Cacao Nibs.
A true Paleo dessert is free from wheat, grain and dairy – it’s an unprocessed dish with natural sugars to make it sweet. There are many Paleo bloggers and chefs who create some wonderful dishes and very creatively. It’s not easy to make a cake taste like and look like a cake when it has none of the usual ingredients.
Now this Paleo dessert is not a looker, what do I mean by that? It’s beauty is on the inside. As someone once said, I never remember who says these things, let’s go with they.. They say “The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.” That perfectly describes my Paleo treat we have here. Well you can’t polish a banana!
Why do we love this Paleo dessert so much?
The combination of flavours, textures and warmth. It’s best enjoyed warm to hot, so not straight from the skillet. Once it’s rested slightly and the bananas have caramelised without being chewy.
Also the fact it’s such an easy pud to make. Some of the easiest to make Paleo desserts only need a few ingredients, such as fruit and cinnamon. Fruit in various forms will always provide a natural sugar boost and should satisfy most people with a sweet tooth. Nutritionally speaking fruit provides a large range of significant vitamins and minerals we need to keep our immune systems strong, keep our energy levels stable and generally support our vital functions.
Here’s a great resource to find out what nutritional value fruits have.
What are Cacao nibs?
Cacao nibs are the part of the cacao bean that have been conveniently separated from the husks, and crumbled into nibs. I call them the rawest form of chocolate you can imagine. Before cacao suffers from being subjected to having a ton of sugar added to it, to make it chocolate! Cacao nibs are found in a variety of healthy and Paleo desserts, some of the health benefits are outstanding.
Cacao nibs can be found in most health food stores and online. I buy Sevenhills Organics Raw Cacao Nibs, 1kg.
Often used in Paleo baking, cacao nibs provide that chocolatey taste those with a sweet tooth crave. They are also fabulous in smoothies, however eaten raw taste quite bitter.
Let’s get cooking!
- 2 tsp Coconut oil
- 2-4 Bananas
- 100 ml boiling water
- Cacao nibs
- Ground cinnamon
- Almond butter
- Pop the kettle on.
- Quarter the bananas - Peel, cut in half width ways, then cut again length ways.
- - From this point this recipe should take approx 8 minutes to cook
- Heat a large skillet pan on medium to high heat
- Melt the coconut oil
- Gently place the bananas in the pan, smooth side down.
- Throw over a generous handful cacao nibs and after around 4 minutes gently turn the bananas over.
- Add around 100 ml of boiling water to the pan.
- Sprinkle a dusting of cinnamon over the bananas - as much as you wish.
- Remove from the heat at approximately 8 minutes or when all is cooked.