Ever tried those BBQ bananas with mars bars in? These are just like those! Except much healthier… and vegan (obvs). The great thing is that baked bananas can be done in the oven, the air fryer, AND the BBQ, so no need to wait for summer!
I love a banana for a midday pick-me-up – they’re so full of energy and yummy. These baked chocolate bananas just take it that little bit further. So, ready to level up your treat game? Give them a go… so easy, so delicious, simple ingredients, what’s not to love!?
Can Chocolate Baked Bananas Really be Healthy??
Well… yes! All of the ingredients in this recipe are natural and nutritious, meaning you get to fix your sweet tooth with maximum benefits!
- Bananas – Rich in potassium and many other nutrients. They contain pectin which is good for maintaining blood sugar levels, so shouldn’t cause any major sugar spikes in healthy people. More on that in this article.
- Dates – High in natural sugars for sure, but, eaten as a treat as part of a healthy diet they can be a great addition! With lots of fiber and antioxidants, as well as being very nutritious they are a great option if you’re looking for alternatives for refined sugars. Plus, Medjool dates have the added benefit of having a lovely caramel taste which works so well in cooking!
Dates are a regular feature in my sweet treat recipes. Check out this PB&J cookie recipe for a surprisingly healthy and nutritious chewy cookie option.
- Cacao Powder – This amazing ingredient can help reduce heart disease risk, diabetes risk, and can also lower blood pressure! Loads more on that here. I love using it in cooking (chili with a tablespoon or two of cacao? WOW!). It’s bitter in its raw form so adding sweetness for use in desserts can transform the whole thing.
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Natural Ingredient Baked Chocolate Bananas
- Tin Foil
- Oven / Air Fryer / BBQ
- 1 Banana
- 2 tsp Cacao powder
- 2 tsp Plant-based milk (I like oat because it's creamy)
- 2 Small dates, chopped (medjool are best)
- ¼ tsp Coconut sugar (demerara can work too)
- Maple syrup – optional (for drizzling on top)
- Preheat the oven to 200°C / 400°F.
- Take however many bananas you're planning on using and cut each one lengthways from end to end, not all the way through! Just deep enough to cut the actual banana, not the skin on the bottom side.
- Mix the cacao powder and milk to form a loose paste, then chop the dates.
- Scoop the paste into the banana split and spread evenly, taking care not to break all the way open.Add the chopped dates to the split and then sprinkle in the sugar.
- Wrap the banana loosely in tin foil and pop in the hot oven for 25 minutes (see notes for air fryer times). When you wrap them, ensure you keep the split at the top so all of the ingredients don't fall out when cooking.
- After this time, take the bananas out and carefully unwrap from the foil while keeping them upright. The bananas skins will look black – that's ok! The banana inside will be fine.
- Eat straight from the skins with a spoon or take the skins off and drizzle with a little maple syrup if you're after a bit more of a sugar fix. Enjoy!