Paleo | Vegetarian | Vegan | Gluten Free | Dairy Free | Refined Sugar Free
This decadent banana slice is the perfect cheat meal, but still ticks the nutrition box- being paleo and refined sugar free.
Having just finished exam mode, this was my first dish back in the kitchen and I have to say I’m pretty happy with it! As usual, this was a make-it-up-as-I-go treat to use up some of my over-ripe bananas so I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. Boy am I glad it worked! It got the tick of approval from my flatmates and family who were none the wiser to the fact that I was secretly slipping them a better-for-you treat. It was also so quick and easy to make that I can definitely see it becoming a go-to recipe when I have to bring a plate. Plus, I’ve already had requests to make it again so I’ll take that as a sign that it’s edible 😉
The caramelisation really brings out the banana flavour, so I would definitely not miss this step unless you’re not a fan of cooked banana. This also makes it naturally sweet, without being sickly or overpowering like some conventional slices. Texture-wise I think it strikes the perfect balance between gooey caramel and crunchy, biscuity base.
There’s nothing better than biting into a delicious chunk of caramelly banana, so by all means you could add and extra banana or two… or three! The more bananas the better! However, we found that this slice was just perfect as is, as all the nuts and bananas made it pretty filling. You can also serve it straight from the freezer as an icey frozen treat, or you can store it in the fridge or let it thaw to get some gooey caramel goodness going on.
At only 246 calories for a small slice it’s a great 3pm snack to curb any sugar cravings, and provides just enough protein, fat and fibre to tide you over until dinner time. Thanks to the banana, a small slice also delivers 14% of your daily potassium requirements, which is essential for heart health.
This recipe makes approximately 20 small sized slices, or 16 medium sized slices, depending on the size of the dish or container you use.