I don’t eat many sweets, but when I do get a hankering for candy, this one I will make at Christmas. I got to thinking about my Peanutty Coconut Candy yesterday and wondered what it would be like with banana in it. So I mashed one of the beautiful bananas I bought at the store yesterday morning and just took equal amounts of the main ingredients I wanted to include and formed some of the tastiest candies! They are very filling, too! I think I may even like this version better than the original peanut-coconut version! After popping the candies out of the mold slots, I decided to store them in a zip-loc bag in the freezer. They don’t get hard, just firm and chewy, so they can be eaten right out of the freezer!
I use 1″ square silicone candy molds to make these, but you can also just roll into balls and, if desired, coat with more dessicated coconut. You can also roll into balls and flatten into hockey puck disks. Or you might roll them into little logs and coat with finely chopped peanuts or coconut!
These are not suitable until the higher fruit rung of the Atkins Pre-Maintenance or Mainitenance Phase. They are suitable for Keto diets as well. The sweetener would have to be modified for this to be acceptable for Primal-Paleo.
1 6-oz. banana, mashed
1 c. dessicated coconut (unsweetened)
1 c. natural peanut butter (I use Laura Scudder)
3/4 c. erythritol (or other sweetener to equal 3/4 c. sugar)
2 pkts. stevia (I used NuNaturals)
DIRECTIONS: Using a fork, mash the banana in the bottom of a mixing bowl. I added the juice of a wedge of lemon to prevent darkening, as candy is slow to be eaten in my house. Add the peanut butter and stir well to blend.
Add coconut and blend it into the mixture until all ingredients are uniformly mixed. Add sweeteners last and stir. Remember, you can add sweetener a little at a time and taste, in the case of candy. Unless there is raw egg in a dish, I will often do this to ensure I am getting just the right amount of sweetener, as varieties and brands differ so. Press candy into silicone molds, pressing down firmly to the tops. Set mold on a flat pan and place in freezer for about 2 hours. The mixture will make 28 small 1″ candies of about 1½-2 T. of the mixture. Your numbers may vary, so I will provide the nutritional values for the entire recipe so you can calculate your per piece figures from the number you get.
NUTRITIONAL INFO: (does not include any additional coconut/peanut coating) Entire recipe contains 3,034 calories, 239 g fat, 133 g. carbs, 48.3 g fiber, 84.7 g. NET CARBS, 95.7 g. protein.
If yield is 28 pieces, each piece contains:
108 calories, 8.55 g fat, 4.75 g carbs, 1.72 g fiber, 3.03 g NET CARBS, 3.41 g protein, 37 mg sodium