Happy Valentines Day everyone!
One of my followers requested a healthier dessert that they could make for Valentines Day, so I came up with this delicious mess! It involves chocolate covered figs, cashew pieces, a banana, dairy free ice cream, and a little drizzle of honey! A normal banana split contains high-fructose filled chocolate syrup, fattening and sugary ice cream and a whole lot more that would set you back from all your health and fitness goals!
Is it possible to still eat something decadent while staying on track? With my healthy(er) banana split, it is! I say healthy(er) because it is a definite improvement from the normal banana split that you’re used to, but it doesn’t mean that you should make this your main course. It is definitely a better dessert option than a box full of chocolates or a towering pile of cupcakes!
4 scoops (or about 1 1/4 cup) of dairy free vanilla ice cream- I used Luna & Larrys Organic Coconut Bliss… AMAZING
1/2 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
8 dried figs
2 tablespoons cashew pieces
1 teaspoon honey (I like a raw, crystallized honey for this recipe, but you can use regular honey)
1. Melt the chocolate chips by using either a microwave or the stove. If you use the microwave, put the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat for about 20-30 seconds. If you use a stove, create a double boiler (where one pot is halfway filled with water and the second pot-with the chocolate chips in it-is placed on top of the water pot) and heat until melted.
2. Coat a plate or a bowl with coconut oil. Make sure to remove any stems from the dried figs and dip them in the chocolate so that it is entirely covered in chocolate. Place the chocolate covered figs onto the oiled plate/bowl. Repeat with the rest of the figs and freeze for at least an hour (but this can be done days in advance and kept in the freezer).
3. When the chocolate is solidly frozen, cut the chocolate covered figs up into little pieces.
4. Scoop the ice cream and put it into a bowl. Sprinkle the chocolate covered fig pieces and cashew pieces over the ice cream. Peal a banana and place it within the ice cream. Drizzle the honey over the finished product.
My boyfriend and I found this recipe to be absolutely delicious!! Make sure to try it out for a special occasion or when you just have a really bad sweet tooth and need something to satisfy it! 🙂
Happy Valentines Day everyone! Take the time today to tell the ones you care about that you love them, including your family and friends!