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Written by Whole Grain Gourmet   
Thursday, 22 May 2008 05:00

chocolate banana panini

Chocolate with at least 60% cocoa has become one of our staple grocery items. I eat a little every day. Often it's just a few chips right out of the bag. Because of its antioxidant properties it is actually good for you, sugar content aside. Fortunately, dark chocolate is relatively low in sugar.

There are days when I crave something more than pure chocolate as a snack, but I don't have the time to bake up a favorite treat. On those days, I'm so grateful that I discovered this little gem.

This recipe will satisfy your appetite for something rich and chocolaty, and you can prepare it in minutes. It is very simple to make, low in sugar, rich in flavor, and very satisfying. Made with whole grain bread, you can eat it without guilt. The melted chocolaty goodness is a real treat that won't send your blood sugar on a massive roller coaster ride.

I think this recipe is best with slightly tart bananas, such as the apple banana variety, although any banana will work. I look for a banana that is just barely ripe. I then lightly caramelize the banana in a skillet to concentrate the sugar and slightly tenderize it.

If you have a sandwich press, panini grill, or a Foreman type grill, you should use it. If not, a simple frying pan will work just fine.

Chocolate Banana Panini

Ingredients (per panino):

  • 2 slices of your favorite multigrain bread
  • 1 small banana, sliced lengthwise
  • 60% cocoa chocolate chips
  • cinnamon
  • virgin coconut oil, or butter

Preparation:

  1. Heat 1/4 tsp of coconut oil in a small skillet over a medium-low heat. Add the sliced banana and allow it to sear briefly on one side (about 30 seconds depending on the temperature). Turn over and sear the other side for about 30 seconds.
  2. Remove the banana from the pan and place it as a single layer on one piece of bread.
  3. Sprinkle some cinnamon over the banana. Cover the banana with a single layer of chocolate chips. I squeeze in every last chip that will fit.
  4. Top the panini with the second piece of bread. Lightly brush both sides of the panini with coconut oil, or butter.
  5. Place the panini in your sandwich press, panini grill, or pan and allow it to toast. If using a pan, press evenly with a spatula while toasting, then turn over and repeat on the other side. Slice diagonally and serve.

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