Valentine’s Day Monkey Business

The most romantic day of the year is upon us – Happy Valentine’s Day Fabulous Ladies! I hope you are all being spoilt by a special someone. Or if you haven’t found them quite yet, what a great excuse to spoil yourself!

Valentine’s Day is always associated with food: being taken out for a romantic dinner, being cooked for, or surprised with a box of chocolates. Food and romance go hand in hand.

Perhaps the strong association with romance and food has it’s roots in many foods aphrodisiac qualities. I have found a lovely simply easy treat which only have three ingredients and guess what – all are in the top 10 list of aphrodisiac foods!

Banana: Along with it’s shape is said to enhance the male libido as it contains chelating minerals and the Bromeliad enzyme (google them if you want!!)

Almonds: In history have been a regarded as a symbol of fertility and their scent is said to around ladies!! and finally – how can you have a Valentine’s Day without…

Chocolate: Contains a chemical called Phenlyethylamine…or the LOVE CHEMICAL. It releases dopamine in the pleasure centres in the brain and apparently this peaks during the big O

Whip up one of these little treats and you are almost guaranteed to have a mind blowing Valentine’s!!

Wine match? A light, fruity sparkling like a Crémant would be lovely here. Or, a rich, sweet Spanish sherry would be utterly delicious too.

  • 4 ripe but firm bananas
  • 250g dark chocolate
  • 2 handfuls of almonds
  • 8 Paddlepop sticks or Bamboo skewers

Line an oven tray with aluminum foil and toast the almonds in a moderate oven for about 10 minutes. Coarsely chop the nuts.

Line an oven tray with parchment paper. Cut the bananas in half, insert a Paddlepop stick or skewer into each half, and then peel bananas. Place them on the baking sheet.

Cut the chocolate into small pieces (so it melts easily). Put the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring with a spoon in between each heating. The chocolate pieces might look they are not melted but when you stir, they can be already super soft. Be careful not to overheat; when it burns you can’t use the chocolate anymore. Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate on a double boiler on the stove top.

Dip each banana in the melted chocolate and use a spoon to pour the chocolate over the banana to coat. Then immediately sprinkle almonds onto chocolate before it sets.

Freeze chocolate bananas for at least 30 minutes.

Serve or store them in an airtight container/Ziplock bag in the freezer for up to a week.

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  1. Teresa Bassham


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