What’s your favorite chocolate pairing? Maybe chocolate and strawberries? Or perhaps chocolate and peanut butter? There are so many pairings I adore, it’s difficult to choose. Chocolate and mint is definitely one of them. I’m a lover of chocolate with spice and “crave” chocolate with salt, too.
This month’s Recipe Redux theme was to highlight a chocolate match. Since I couldn’t decide on just one, I picked three: bananas, jalapeño, and sea salt! Yes, it’s a bit unique. But trust me when I say the combination in this inspired “gelato” truly tastes exotic. The banana is the base of this ice cream-like treat instead of rich milk or cream—making it extra calorie-friendly, yet still super creamy and comforting. You’ll grill the jalapeño for extra intrigue. Plus, this chocolaty recipe is surprisingly simple to make. Savor every single sweet, spicy, salty, and ever-so-slightly smoky taste of it!
(Hint: This “gelato” provides only 70 calories a serving. That means you actually can enjoy second helpings!)
Calories saved: 180
Why it’s better for you? It counts as a fruit serving!
Yum! <3 I love this healthified version! 😀 Banana "ice cream" is one of my favorite desserts!
Thanks so much, Farrah!!! Glad you’re already on board with the banana “ice cream” concept! 🙂
Wow, I would have never thought of jalapenos and chocolate! Love that you used bananas as the base- banana ice cream is one of my true loves! So healthy and delicious. Hope you are having a great weekend!
Thanks, Genevieve! By the way … the Masala Chai Hot Chocolate on your blog looks absolutely amazing!!! 🙂
I’m seriously stoked to make this! I just threw a few more bananas in the freezer and have some jalapenos on hand 🙂
And I’m seriously excited that you plan to make this, Deanna!!! 🙂
Woweee That must be a sneaky dessert! But delicious
Thanks, Sarah! Hope you get a chance to try it out for yourself! 🙂
So if I use a grill pan, is it still 8 minutes? Or should I broil to blacken…maybe I just want grill marks? I’m totally making this!
Hi Serena: You can still go with 8 minutes on a grill pan–no need to blacken! 🙂