Dessert: Banana “Un-Oreos”

by Jordan Reasoner

 Close-up of Banana Carob "Un-oreos"

Before we get to the yummy dessert in front of us… I need to tell you this is not “SCD Legal” due to the Carob Powder. If you’re on a Paleo type diet or you’ve already healed quite a bit, this recipe is for you.  If not, please don’t ignore the recipe.  Instead, think about something you do tolerate that can go in its place 🙂

With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s party!  (My kids are going to love this one from our friend Angela.)

[Enter Angela]

I think that you’ll love this cute and easy dessert that is nut-free and chocolate-free. It is really simple to make, too!

Ingredients:

  • One or Two Bananas (chilled in the fridge)
  • One Can of Coconut Cream (this is not coconut milk but the thick, solid cream of the coconut)
  • 1/2 Cup of Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 1/2 Cup of Carob Powder
  • Optional: 1/4 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract or Cinnamon

Note:  You can also substitute cocoa powder for carob but make sure to sweeten the mixture with raw honey or maple syrup to taste. 

Directions:

  • Mix the melted coconut oil with the carob powder and mix until the lumps are gone. Add cinnamon and/or vanilla if you like those flavors.
  • Take the bananas out of the fridge, peel and slice into rounds.
  • Use a toothpick or two to dip the banana into the warm coconut oil.  If that’s too hard and time consuming, try this easier method.  Spread the banana slices on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and pour the carob mixture over it.  Use a measuring cup with a pouring spout for easier pouring.
  • Let it sit for a bit, then turn over and pour the rest of the mixture on the other half of the banana slices.
  • Put the cookie sheet in the fridge to cool for half an hour.  If you want to eat them faster, put it in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  • When they’ve hardened, spread a little bit of coconut cream on one banana slice and sandwich another one on top of it. If you can’t find coconut cream, sometimes the cream and liquid separate in a can of coconut milk. You can use the creamy solids to fill these cute little sandwiches.

What I really love about this snack is how fun it is to make and that it requires no added sugar because the carob is naturally sweet!

[Enter Jordan]

For those wondering how many calories are in each “Un-Oreo” (and other nutrition data), here are numbers based on a batch of two dozen (using two medium-sized bananas).  Each “Un-Oreo” is 68 calories and has 4.5 Carbs (G), 0.375 Protein (G), and 6.2 Fat (G).

Thank you again Angela!

Enjoy 🙂

– Jordan

Angela Privin is from http://diyhealthblog.com/ and emigrated to the U.S. from Ukraine at the age of 5.  She speaks Russian, Spanish, English and Gibberish fluently.  She is a former journalist in New York City and battled IBS for years before evolving into a blogger/health consultant.  In her early 20s, she got Lyme Disease and was treated with massive doses of antibiotics and NOT followed up with probiotics.  She believes this is what created the bacterial imbalance in her gut that set the stage for IBS.  She loves to cook, but she can’t follow recipes.  You’ll see that she makes up her own as she goes.

Here’s her amazing recipe site: www.Paleokitchenlab.com

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About the author

Jordan Reasoner Jordan Reasoner is a health engineer and author. He was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2007 and almost gave up hope when a gluten-free diet didn’t work. Since then, he transformed his health using the SCD Diet and started SCDLifestyle.com to help others naturally heal stomach problems. You can check out his story here and find him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Alex October 20, 2015 at 11:28 am

Why are some of the ingredients illegal, like carob, sweet potatoes and arrowroot. I’ve lost confidence in this site. It’s contradictory!

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Mariel Heiss October 20, 2015 at 7:10 pm

Hi Alex – we’re so sorry to hear you say this!

While we really respect the work of people like Elaine Gottschall and the power of the SCD diet as a healing tool, Steve and Jordan ultimately advocate that everyone question the legal/illegal list and test foods for themselves after they have healed some on the diet and are in their food safe zone.

Here’s what Steve said recently:

“The legal/Illegal list is not the commandments. It’s not law. It’s only a suggested starting place. You need to test every food for yourself and listen to your body. There are plenty of “SCD Legal” foods that are VERY hard to digest and hurt many people.

So don’t let me… or Elaine… or anyone predetermine for you what your body actually likes and can digest. ”

I hope this helps clear things up!

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doris October 20, 2015 at 11:23 pm

I can totally understand what that guy is saying. It is really disheartening to see something you think you can have, you get excited, and then have someone say oh, this is not part of the diet we’re promoting. Why not just stick to the legal stuff and if someone can’t tolerate that well then that’s okay. were already going through a really difficult time and supposedly you know that because you’ve been through it as well. Were on this website to try this diet for the first time, so having those kinds of recipes are not helpful. Maybe you can put them in a separate category called not legal.

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Mariel Heiss October 21, 2015 at 1:06 pm

Hi Doris – thanks for sharing your perspective.

As someone with a ton of food intolerances myself, I understand the frustration of reading through a recipe you think you can have only to be disappointed! I will definitely make sure Steve and Jordan know about your suggestion.

You might be interested in our SCD meal plans – they have recipes and suggestions for people in the early phases of the diet, when trying new “illegal” foods and making substitutions isn’t recommended.

You can learn more here: http://scdlifestyle.com/meal-plans/

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Jane August 23, 2016 at 10:09 am

I just want to endorse what Doris said. I hadn’t ordered the book because I’m trying not to accumulate more books but was thinking of making an exception. Now I won’t order it because I don’t need another with lots of ingredients I can’t eat.

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Mariel Heiss August 23, 2016 at 2:43 pm

Hey Jane – thanks for sharing your opinion.

We’re all unique and have to avoid different ingredients – so it is REALLY hard to find a recipe that works for everyone. Even SCD_legal foods like nuts are voided by many on SCD (like me!) We do the best we can to share health-promoting recipes that people will enjoy making and eating.

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