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Banana Kebabs with Chocolate Sauce

Makes 4 kebabs.

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    Surprise, you can turn to kebabs for a fun dessert that plays by the nutritional rules. Grilled bananas are a taste revelation, but you can apply the same concept to other fruits such as mangoes, nectarines, peaches, and plums.

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    Banana Kebabs with Chocolate Sauce

    Ingredients

    • 3 Tbsp (45 mL) coconut milk
    • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground ginger
    • 4 medium-sized slightly ripe bananas, sliced into 1 in (2.5 cm) chunks
    • 2 oz (56 g) dark chocolate, finely chopped
    • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) cinnamon
    • 1/4 cup (60 mL) chopped almonds
    • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) dried coconut flakes
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    Nutrition

    Per serving:

    • calories261
    • protein4g
    • fat13g
      • saturated fat7g
      • trans fat0g
    • carbohydrates36g
      • sugars18g
      • fibre6g
    • sodium6mg

    Directions

    01

    Whisk together coconut milk and ginger. Preheat grill to medium and grease grill grate.

    02

    Thread bananas onto 4 skewers and brush on half of the coconut milk. Place skewers on grill and heat until bananas are darkened and tender, about 5 minutes, turning halfway and brushing with remaining coconut milk.

    03

    Stirring regularly, melt chocolate in metal bowl set over saucepan of simmering water. Stir in cinnamon.

    04

    Place grilled banana kebabs on serving plates and top with chocolate sauce, almonds, and coconut flakes.

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