Posts Tagged ‘banana’

Banana, Strawberry & Pistachio Ice Cream

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I had every intention of posting about healthy peanut butter snack bites today, but it’s just so warm and sunny (I’m writing this from a shady spot in my garden) that ice cream just seemed much more appropriate!

This is healthy ice cream though, so I’m on the same theme at least.  Whilst trawling through Pintrest for summer recipe inspiration, this recipe, or at least variations of it, kept popping up.  Just like whipped coconut cream before it, banana ice cream is the current trend in wholesome eating.  I do enjoy being on trend…even though it happens almost never…so here’s my spin on it!

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If you enjoy a banana based smoothie then you’re going to get on well with banana ice cream.  It is pretty cool how pureeing frozen banana chunks in a blender turns it in to sweet and creamy soft serve ice cream, to which you can add pretty much whatever takes your fancy.  I had strawberries and pistachios on hand, so that’s what was thrown in.  Pictachios lend crunch, and strawberries bright, fresh sweetness. One piece of advice about the strawberries though, cut them smaller than I did if you plan to freeze the ice cream further.  They freeze up much more solid than the banana making the ice cream difficult to scoop and eat.  A fine dice would be perfect.  If you want to serve the ice cream as it comes from the bender, in the soft serve form, just fold in any fruit/nut combination and size of your choice.

Other options could be toasted coconut and chocolate chips, peanut butter swirl, Nutella swirl (I need to make that variation now!) or you could add the strawberries to the blender and blitz them up with the banana.  Ideally you would make this with banana alone, but my food processor couldn’t quite cope with that, it’s only a mini one, so I added half a cup of fat free yogurt to loosen the mixture up but it is optional. (more…)

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Banana, Peanut Butter & Cranberry Muffins

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I never realised how much I enjoy muffins until now.  This will be my fifth muffin recipe in eight months (six if you include English Muffins), which is quite a lot I think!  I think the main appeal is that you can legitimately eat them for breakfast even though oftentimes they are basically cake.  Cake for breakfast. Win!

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These are dressed up as a slightly healthier option though.  Lots of protein courtesy of the peanut butter and bananas.  Wholewheat flour for goodness.  Only a quarter of a cup of sugar for twelve muffins and the option for no fat!  Yogurt is added for body and moisture, you can choose to use 0% fat or low fat or even full fat if you don’t give a damn about that sort of thing.  If that’s you’re attitude, I applaud you.  For a little additional sweetness I added in some dried cranberries.  Think peanut butter and jam, it really works.  Chocolate would also work (when doesn’t it) in the form of chips or chunks.  You choose and customise as you please. (more…)

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Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

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One of my first attempts at chocolate and banana cupcakes wasn’t quite as successful as the delightful looking treats you see here today.  I had brought some round to my friend Johns house for us to no doubt enjoy with a cup of tea…soggy is the word that springs to mind.  It didn’t help that I’d carried them around in a plastic tupperware box all day.  Wet, slimy chocolate frosting on top of overly moist banana cupcakes….not pretty.  I daresay they tasted fine, they were certainly eaten up, but nice to look at they weren’t. (more…)

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