Monday, August 12, 2013

Baked berries with banana

You might have already noticed that I am a fan of different sorts of "healthy" or at least "not that bad for you" desserts. Which is kind of ridiculous because we all know that to make a really good cake, cookies, or desserts, most of the time, you have to use real ingredients: sugar, white flour, full fat cream, good butter and so on.
No substitutions, precise measuring, attention and patience.

I hope one day I'll get to that point: I will eat very little, but very real and buttery desserts.
Meanwhile, I am proposing for you to enjoy this warm and crispy fall dessert (no sugar, etc, etc).  It is sour-sweet with crunchy notes and very comforting.
The best way to enjoy this dessert is sitting on the deck (even if it is an imaginary one) covering in your favourite blanket (it is cold and might be even rainy outside) and drinking hot tea. That's my scenario, of course yours might be completely different (but let's just say that hot Miami beach won't be the best option here, as the dessert is actually warm).

Original source HERE. I made few little adjustments though.
Baked berries with banana:
1 cup any fresh of frozen berries (you will get more syrupy result if using frozen berries)
3 ripe bananas, sliced to rounds
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp honey (use the raw honey, its the healthiest one)
1 cup shredded no sugar added coconut (I used 1/2 coconut flakes and 1/2 regular shredded coconut)
1 1/2 cup any nuts and seeds you'd like (walnuts, almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, etc)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place berries and bananas in a baking dish.Sprinkle with the cinnamon.
In a saucepan on a very low heat melt the coconut oil. Add honey. Do not let it boil. Add nuts and seeds, shredded coconut, vanilla (if using). Stir for approx. 3-4 minutes.
Place the honey and nuts mixture on top of the bananas. Bake for 25-30 minutes until nicely golden color.

The author of the original recipe suggests to serve it with whipped coconut cream on top, which you also can find on her website. I didn't add anything to this dessert, as it felt completed by itself.  

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