Is it dessert or lunch? Either way, it is the taste of pure love without the guilt. This heavenly combo pairs bananas, Hail Merry’s Choco Macaroons and Hail Merry’s Vanilla Maple Almonds for about 250 calories per serving. And these are not empty calories! The Fair Trade dark cocoa delivers plenty of mood lifting flavonols and antioxidants; the banana ups the fiber and potassium quotient, and the almonds bring the plant protein and essential omega fatty acids. For a little extra sweetness and calories, drizzle with organic maple syrup or chocolate sauce, and add a dollop of coconut whipped cream (recipe below). Feed Your Body Royally with this creamy spirit-lifting sundae!
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Makes 3 Servings
3 frozen bananas
.88 oz Hail Merry Vanilla Maple Almonds
6 Hail Merry Choco Macaroons
Organic maple syrup
1. In a food processor, pulse frozen banana until a chunky consistency. Add in Almonds and process until smooth. For a chunky almond ice cream, chop almonds to desired size and fold into bananas that have been processed until smooth and creamy.
2. Slice each macaroon into 8 very thin slices. Arrange 16 slices on the bottom of each serving bowl. Top with banana-almond ice cream. Freeze any remaining ice cream.
3. Eat immediately or drizzle with maple syrup or chocolate sauce. Sprinkle with crumbled choco macaroons and/or fresh fruit and a dollop with coconut whipped cream or yogurt. Enjoy!
Coconut Whipped Cream
1 15 oz can of coconut cream (not coconut milk or cream of coconut)
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Refrigerate coconut cream for 6 hours of overnight. Open the can of coconut and place entire contents in food processor. Add in sugar and vanilla and whip until firm and fluffy. Serve immediately or keep refrigerated.
What is the difference between coconut milk, cream and cream of coconut?
Coconut milk: Coconut milk has the liquid consistency of cow's milk and is made from simmering one part shredded coconut in one part water. Coconut milk is the basis of most Thai curries.
Coconut cream: Coconut cream is much thicker and richer. It is made from simmering four parts shredded coconut in one part water. The cream that rises to the top of a can of coconut milk is also considered coconut cream.
Cream of coconut: Cream of coconut is a sweetened version of coconut cream, and is often used for desserts and mixed drinks. Because of the added sugar, it is usually not interchangeable with coconut cream.