Um….I might be in trouble here.
I'm a sucker for banana bread. I LOVE IT. And when I found this recipe over at the Paleo Parents, I knew I was going to try it. I mean, bite-sized paleo good-for-you-ness with the flavor of banana bread? Done. In fact, dried bananas went on my shopping list that very day.
I finally had a chance to make these little bad boys today, and oh. Em. Gee.
I pretty much wanna dive face-first into these. Because AWESOME.
I had a little trouble with the original recipe, so I had to fiddle with it to get the right end result. The mix in the food processor just wasn't breaking down and/or and becoming sticky enough to hold together in a ball. I didn't have banana chips, which probably made a small difference- and it turns out the dates I have were Turkish, not medjool (which is what I suspect to be the problem).
After sampling (more than) a little, I decided I wanted more banana. I mean, the point of banana bread is to be banana-y, right? While I'm sure the banana chips would have helped, I opted for adding in more dried banana (about half of the original amount) and a little coconut oil. The original recipe doesn't call for nuts, but I tossed about a third cup of almonds in anyway for a protein boost. I also added a pinch of salt, a splash of vanilla, a dash of cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg. And since I looooooooooooove maple syrup on banana bread, I added a bit of maple extract as well.
While it was closer, it still just wasn't banana-riffic yet, nor was it holding together the way I wanted it too. So…I went for tossing a whole banana (sans the peel) into the mix.
Presto! I suddenly had this perfect consistency to scoop and roll in the shredded coconut. Totally bananalicious (and yes, I'm entertaining myself with bananadjectives today), addictive and so yum.
While only Alex really loved them as much as I did, Mom gave them a two thumbs up. And the contractors rebuilding my steps were happy to be fed a few to taste test as well, and one went home with the recipe to share.
I'll take the win.
Banana Bread Balls (my version!)
1 cup coconut flakes (+ more to roll the balls in)
1 cup Turkish dates
1 1/2 cups dried banana
1/3 cup raw almonds
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon maple extract
1 whole banana
1/8 cup coconut oil
Put all ingredients into a food processor.
Pulse until mixture comes together and can form a ball when molded in your hands
Scoop a small amount and roll into a ball, then roll in coconut flakes
Eat, and go bananas for this awesomeness.