To a food processor, add banana, avocado and cocoa powder. Process until just a few chunks remain, about 1 minute. With processor running, pour maple syrup through feed tube and process until completely smooth, scraping down bowl as needed, about 1 minute. Add vanilla (if using) and cinnamon and process until combined, about 10 seconds.
Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until completely chilled, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Determined to mimic her mother's classic banana bread, this reader ditched the calorie-laden Crisco for raw honey, applesauce and healthy oils. Better yet, even mama approves of this Clean Eating banana bread!
According to the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, nutrition research has found that people who regularly consume tree nuts such as cashews are less likely to suffer from a heart attack or die from cardiovascular disease. Just be careful not to go overboard – the US Food and Drug Administration suggests keeping daily consumption to 1 ounce (or one handful) of nuts a day.