Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Paleo Chocolate Banana Mousse

As summer starts to wind down for most people, except myself I felt it appropriate to be posting some yummy recipes in my last couple weeks of summer. My school doesn't start til the end of September, which is super exciting. Until it's May and everyone is out for summer break and you still have to get through June. 

But, i'll take what I can get and just enjoy this last month of freedom. September's the best. Not only is it the start of fall (my favorite holiday), it's also my birthday month! Actually, come to think of it, it's the birthday month of over half my family! Crazy September libras everywhere. :)

Anyway, as i'm home for these last couple weeks, expect some deliciousness. After coming back from my labor day weekend get away, all I wanted was some chocolate. Seriously? Who says that coming back from vacation? I always thought vacation was the time to stuff your face  come back to two-a-days at the gym. Well not for me!

Vacation was awesome though. Sunny weather, time away from my college town, great friends, relatives etc. etc. Basically awesome— just like this recipe!
Recipe:
1 can full-fat coconut milk, chilled
2 tbs. cocoa powder
3 medjool dates, pitted
1 banana, sliced

Yields ~ 3 servings

Directions: Refrigerate your can of coconut overnight. The next day remove the cream from the chilled can. Some of the coconut will have solidified, surrounding by liquid. Take the solidified portion out, that is your "Cream". The liquid can be saved in a glass container to add into smoothies!

Blend coconut cream, cocoa powder and dates** until combined. If it's getting clumpy in your blender and it's not blending right. Add 1 tbs. of that coconut liquid. 

Slice up your bananas and layer in the bottom of your ramekins.  Add a quarter of the mixture to each ramekin. 
Refrigerate for 2-4 hrs (overnight prefered, but I just couldn't wait that long, haha!)

~Enjoy!
     -D
** I like to soak my dates in warm water, after I pit them to soften them up a little before blending!

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