Sugar Detox Day 6: Dessert Time!

Okay, you’ve gone through five grueling days of sugar detox with no desserts. You deserve an awesome dessert recipe that will taste like you’re eating sugar. And because I’ve been desperate for a sugary-tasting but still detox-focused dessert, I came up with a really simple one.

Sautéed bananas.

Sounds weird, right? If you’ve been off of sugar and high glycemic fruits for 5 days, bananas are like eating sugar. Coat them in shredded unsweetened coconut and/or plain cocoa and you’ll enter a world of joyous sweetness you didn’t know you could have without sugar or at least major effort.

If your detox includes staying off of high glycemic fruits altogether (mine is staying off refined sugars and having a small treat per week of high glycemic fruit if I want), you can just do the cocoa and leave out the coconut. It actually tastes like you’re eating real chocolate, so you’re not missing anything!

In case you’re wondering, bananas do count as a low glycemic fruit, and the less ripe they are, the lower the glycemic index. Check out Livestrong for details. I used an in-between banana for this recipe – just a smattering of brown spots, still pretty firm. You could also use an underripe banana to keep the glycemic level as low as possible. Don’t use a really ripe banana because it’s going to turn a little mushy anyway. A super ripe banana will probably fall apart.

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Peel the banana and cut it into 1/4 inch slices.

Sliced bananas with coconut and cocoa

Take 1/3 of the slices and coat them in the cocoa powder so that the slices are covered on all sides. Do the same with 1/3 of the slices in the coconut. Mix the leftover cocoa and coconut together well, then coat the remaining slices in that mix. You will probably need to pat it on because the cocoa sticks better than the coconut when mixed together.

Cocoa covered banana slices

Coat a sauté pan with your choice of oil (I used virgin coconut oil to add a little flavor) and turn the stove to low-medium heat. When the oil is hot, put the banana slices in. The cocoa will spread a bit, so the banana slices coated in just coconut should be kept separate.

Sautéing bananas

Flip the slices over in about 2 minutes and let them cook for another 2 minutes. When you take them out, do it gently; the slices will now be a little delicate. Put them on a paper towel to soak up some of the oil.

Banana slices three ways

Voila! There you have it. A recipe that’s really easy and will satisfy your sweet tooth.

Let me know if you try this recipe, and also let me know if you have any sugar detox desserts you love.

Keep on living the wheat free life!

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