Peanut Butter & Banana Cups

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These super sweet, melt in your mouth chocolate cups are not only delicious, but good for you!

The cacao powder used in this recipe is raw and organic, high in antioxidants and minerals such as iron, zinc and magnesium. This makes it great for your skin, heart and muscles. It’s also known to be a mood enhancer and aphrodisiac!

Coconut oil is heat stable, so when used in cooking it doesn’t lose its nutrients. As a medium-chain fatty acid, it helps to reduce heart disease, improve circulation and insulin sensitivity, and increase metabolic rate – i.e. more energy for the brain and body, actually helping you to lose weight! In case that wasn’t enough, it’s antibacterial and antiviral properties are found to boost the immune system, providing relief for those with digestive/stomach conditions such as IBS, reflux, and joint/muscle inflammation.

As for the rest of the ingredients: maple syrup is a low GI sweetener containing zinc and manganese (great for cholesterol and blood sugar levels), cinnamon also lowers cholesterol and stabilises blood sugar, as well as increasing the metabolism and acting as a digestive tonic, peanuts are high in protein and different minerals (iron & calcium), and bananas are high in potassium (heart, nerves, kidneys and bones), vitamin B6 (blood and immune health), dietary fibre and contain tryptophan (mood-enhancing protein).

The crazy health benefits of this delightful treat mean that you really can feel good about eating dessert!

Ingredients:
(makes 6)

– 3 tbsp. coconut oil (solid)
– 1 heaped tbsp. cacao powder
– 1 1/2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
– 1 tsp. cinnamon
– 1 banana
– 1 tbsp. peanut butter

Method:
1. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave or on the stove.
2. Add cacao powder, maple syrup and cinnamon, and mix well (if you melt the oil on a stove, remove from heat first).
3. Spoon a tbsp. of the chocolate mixture into moulds (I use silicone) and freeze for 5 minutes.
4. Add a thin slice of banana, a tsp. of peanut butter, and cover with more chocolate.
5. Return to freezer until set.

Enjoy!

— Daisy xx

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