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So this all started when I saw a bottle of maple syrup in the supermarket that said 'flavoured with carob.' Carob?? That's kind of like chocolate, isn't it?
Chocolate maple syrup. Hmmmm.........
I didn't buy it, but instead went straight home and mixed up some maple syrup with cocoa powder and look what happened. PALEO CHOCOLATE SAUCE. Lovely with fried banana slices, and it'll keep you away from the Kit Kats should you get a chocolate craving. At least this way it's kind of safe... right?
This recipe isn't AIP compliant because cocoa and vanilla are eliminated in the early stages of the diet. But if you've reintroduced them then you're good to go, as long as you can tolerate the rest of the ingredients. The recipe IS paleo and gluten, nut and dairy-free.
Caramelised Fried Bananas with Paleo Chocolate Sauce
1 tsp coconut oil (I use a mild coconut oil that has no taste)
2 yellow bananas, not too ripe
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp cocoa powder
quarter teaspoon vanilla extract
small (tiny) pinch of salt
Heat the coconut oil in a medium-sized frying pan and peel and slice the bananas. Fry them (in batches if you need to) for about a minute on each side, until they look golden. Flip them over and fry on the other side.
Meanwhile, quickly whisk together the maple syrup, cocoa powder and the vanilla extract until it forms a smooth, but quite runny sauce. Taste, adding more cocoa or maple syrup if you need to, or indeed, a drop more vanilla. Sprinkle in a little salt and taste again.
Serve the fried banana slices with the chocolate sauce.
It's good. I promise.