Green, unripe bananas are an excellent source of prebiotic fibers that are crucial for your bowel flora management program. But they are tough to eat due to their chalky texture when truly unripe. You can conceal that texture by including a green banana in your smoothie or shake, or you can make these simple but tasty little Chocolate Coated Green Banana Bites. If each banana is cut into 6 pieces, each Bite can yield as much as 4-5 grams of prebiotic fibers to add to your daily goal of 20 grams per day.
Purchase bananas as green as possible and store in the refrigerator, where they will stay green for around 5 days. Once you make your Bites, also store in refrigerator.
Because I believe it is important to minimize (not necessarily altogether avoid, as they can occur naturally in foods, as well) exposure to emulsifying agents in processed foods, since they alter bowel health and bowel flora, look for high cocoa chocolate without emulsifying agents, such as Lindt or Green & Black.
Makes 12 bites
2 green bananas
1 four-ounce bar of 85% or higher cocoa chocolate (e.g., Lindt 85% or 90% cocoa chocolate)
Peel bananas by cutting skin lengthwise, then shelling out the pulp. Cut each banana into 6 or so pieces.
Break chocolate into pieces, then either place in microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds, repeat until melted, or use double-boiler setup to melt.
Using toothpicks, dip each banana segment into chocolate, turn to coat. Transfer each to large plate covered with wax paper. Cool and store in refrigerator until eaten.