Blackberry Banana Danish [Low Fat] [Pareve]

This "danish" is the product of a sick Cindy cooking (Lord help us all). It tastes fantastic, but when I cook while ill and strung out, my recipes are to be used at your own risk :) Joking, but this was originally banana cookies then coffee cake then ... well, we think it's a great danish. It definitely tastes delicious!

I used unsweetened applesauce instead of (vegan) butter or oil so that this recipe is low fat and higher carb for Jon's body type. The whole danish has a total of about 13 g fat from the 1 egg (~4.5 g fat) and the 2 T. shredded coconut. The coconut adds 8 g of the good medium-chain triglycerides. Remember that coconut provides "good" saturated fat and thus boosts your metabolism and immune system. Since coconut is a MCFA (or Medium Chain [Saturated] Fatty Acid), then it is preferentially burned by your body for energy rather than becoming fat storage. Traditional corn and soy vegetables oils consist of longer chain unsaturated fats. Unlike coconut, these oils are less likely to be immediately burned by the body and are preferentially stored as fat (except olive oil which has many health benefits). In general, any calorie excess is stored as fat, so just remember to stay active on a daily basis (I say this as I have slept, cooked, and typed all day :P).

This recipe makes a large danish with about 6-8 servings depending on how you slice it. This means that there is less than 2 g fat per serving, although I make no such bold claims about the carbs here since we all know that low fat and fat free means either high carb or chemicals (or water, as Jon pointed out) :)


1 c. gluten free all-purpose baking mix
1 T. organic brown sugar
1 T. organic turbinado raw sugar
1/2 c. unsweetened apple sauce
1/4 c. water
dash sea salt
2 t. cinnamon
1 t. (drizzle) organic maple syrup (optional)
1 T. xanthan gum
1 free-range fresh egg or egg substitute

1/2 c. unsweetened all-natural blackberry jam
2 bananas, sliced
2 T. organic no sulfur shredded coconut
cinnamon, for topping and filling to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and set aside the egg. Mix all of the dough ingredients in a medium bowl. Spread half of the dough evenly across the surface of a greased cookie sheet. Gently spread the jam over the dough on the cookie sheet with a butter knife. Sprinkle over the coconut flakes and sliced bananas as shown below.

You can drizzle this with a bit of organic maple syrup if desired. Use the rest of the dough to top the danish, spreading it gently over the bananas with a spoon and knife. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for 27-30 minutes or until the dough is cooked.

If you can do dairy then this would be great either topped with cream cheese or with a cream cheese and kosher unflavored gelatin mixture in the middle for a cheese danish style treat. I'll probably do this sooner (rather than later) since Jon loves these kinds of desserts.

1 comment:

  1. This recipe is just the best! I will so bake it this weekend!


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