Cool Your Pitta with Frozen Banana-Cocoa Mousse

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When the weather is hot, your agni or digestive fire is naturally low and you may find that you appetite is decreased.  Respect this change by not overeating. Favor cool food and drink, but not ice cold. Your body will want more liquids in hot weather, but it is important not to douse the digestive fire by drinking cold liquids after a meal.  To keep your Pitta dosha in balance, favor sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes and reduce sour, salty, and pungent ones. Read this week’s earlier post on balancing Pitta dosha to learn more.

This recipe for banana-cocoa mousse is a delicious way to satisfy your sweet tooth, nurture your body, and refresh your spirit during the hot days of summer.

Banana-Cocoa Frozen Mousse

Serves 8

4 whole bananas (very ripe), cut into 1-inch pieces and frozen
12 ounces low-fat silken tofu, firm or extra firm, cut into cubes
2 tablespoons organic chocolate syrup, sweetened with natural sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch ground cloves
Toasted coconut flakes
Sliced almonds

Place the bananas in a food processor or blender and pulse until almost smooth. Add the tofu and chocolate syrup. Pulse until combined, then add the maple syrup, vanilla, and cloves. Continue to blend until the mousse is completely smooth. Pour the mousse into a freezer container and place in the freezer for one hour (until firm). Take the mousse out of the freezer 15 minutes before you plan on serving. Scoop out into small bowls and garnish with toasted coconut flakes and sliced almonds. You can store the mousse in a tightly covered container in the freezer.

Nutritional Facts per ½-cup serving
Calories 129, Total fat .9 g, Saturated fat .2 g, Carbohydrates 33.5 g, Protein 4.3 g

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  1. I am confused. I am definitely a PITTA dosha type. It’s summer and my body is not balanced. I have currently inflamed skin/acne.
    On most websites it said Pitta types should avoid Bananas.
    I usually love frozen Banana.
    Now it says here use Banana to cool your Pitta.
    What is right?
    Also is it even possible to eat accordingly? If I want to rebalance how long do I need to avoid certain foods.
    I do eat in general a very healthy vegetarian diet, but to avoid onions in meals and having so many specific rules you can’t enjoy food anymore.
    Is it just a guideline? Can I for example balance my dosha by drinking aloa vera and taking the appropriate herbs and still have a banana a day or some yoghurt?
    Also eggplant is recommended food for women with irregular cycles but pitta should avoid eggplant as well.
    Thank you very much for your help.


  2. As an Ayurvedic and Chinese med practitioner for 13 years: yes cloves are heating and so are bananas. This recipe will only further aggravate an already overheated pitta or person with a pitta imbalance such as any inflammations.



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