If you eat chocolate with bananas, that counts as healthy eating right? We have a feeling that whoever came up with this culinary combo was feeling a little guilty about consuming large amounts of chocolate. That or they were just geniuses who had an inkling that chocolate and fruit would go really well together. Whatever was going through their mind at the time, we are eternally grateful for this delectable (and nutritious!) treat.
Fun Facts about Banana’s
Did you know?
- There are close to 1000 different types of banana plants all over the world
- Bananas are naturally radioactive
- Every year over 100 billion bananas are consumed all over the world
- Americans eat more bananas than any other fruit
- The banana plant is a herb and the banana itself is a berry
- Eating banana’s makes you happy – they contain amino acids, Vitamin B6, and tryptophan, which help the body produce serotonin, the chemical that alleviates depression
- Bananas are super healthy – they contain no fat, have very few calories, and are packed with vitamins and minerals.
- Banana’s become sweeter as they ripen because the starch is transformed into sugar
- Bananas were officially introduced to the American public at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition
- According to some horticulturists, the banana was the earth’s first fruit. One of the first records of bananas dates back to Alexander the Great’s conquest of India where he first discovered bananas in 327 B.C.
Introducing together for the first time, Bananas and Chocolate!
There isn’t much to be discovered about when exactly these two elements were brought together to form desserts. We can only assume that their union was the natural result of pure ingenuity.
Today, you can find a number of desserts that incorporate bananas and chocolate. The most common example that comes to mind is the oh-so-famous banana split! A banana is cut in half and placed in a long bowl or dish. It is then topped with scoops of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice-cream placed in a row along the split banana. The dessert is then drizzled with chocolate, strawberry, and pineapple sauces and showered with crushed nuts, sprinkles, and whipped cream. Finally, a bright red maraschino cherry is placed right at the summit of this mouth-watering mountain of deliciousness. Now that’s a mountain anyone would be more than willing to conquer.
Another common dessert made with the two is frozen bananas. As the name suggests, bananas are placed upon a stick and then frozen. After they have hardened, they are dipped in melted chocolate of your choice and rolled in nuts, candy, crushed cookies, or sprinkles. The result: a healthy Popsicle!
Some other common banana and chocolate treats include:
- Banana bread with chocolate chips
- Dark chocolate and banana muffins
- Chocolate and banana cake
- Dark chocolate and banana pudding
- Banana cheesecake with chocolate ganache
Chocolate and bananas go together impeccably well. It’s a combination that is tried and tested and has time and time again proven to be a winner. It appears that however you mix the two, you just can’t go wrong. Both have such smooth flavors that come together in such a way that they complement each other. Bananas are considered a ‘supernutricious’ fruit and cocoa, the main ingredient in chocolate, boasts an incredible number of benefits in its own right too. Together, these two make an invincible and undeniably sinful combination.