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Sweet and Spicy Asian Black Bean Hummus

Sweet and Spicy Asian Black Bean Hummus

If you like hummus, I think you’ll love this recipe for a sweet and spicy, creamy and delicious vegan black bean dip for vegetables or chips.     My sister, Lizzie came over for lunch one day last week and brought a bowl of Asian Black […]

Insanely Delicious Oven-Roasted Veggies

Insanely Delicious Oven-Roasted Veggies

  I wish I could share with you how my kitchen smells right now. Soft summer breezes carry the scent of freshly mown grass, and somewhere a candle is burning. But the smell I’m most enjoying at this moment is the aroma of vegetables roasting […]

Quick and Easy Rainbow Fruit Kabobs

Quick and Easy Rainbow Fruit Kabobs

 

This is a fun and colorful fruit presentation that is perfect for a late-summer brunch!

I have a lot of sisters. Six of them, in fact. Seven, if you count my sister-in-law, Sydney, which I do; eight, if you count my mom, which I do. So, last week, one sister who lives far far away in Wisconsin, and another sister who’d just spent 4 months in Zimbabwe were both actually here, so we all got together for brunch at the home of my sister, Lizzie.

It was glorious. We laughed constantly, regaled by stories of failed attempts to catch baby monkeys with cookies in the African wild and terrifying cliff jumps over alligator-infested waters (yes, even scary stories can be funny when told by a great storyteller!).

 

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Garbanzo Bean Crepes with a Seasoned Mushroom Filling

Garbanzo Bean Crepes with a Seasoned Mushroom Filling

  I recently discovered an amazing thing: you can actually grind dried beans – just regular beans you’d get in a bag at the grocery store – into flour, and use it to make things like these delicious crepes! Apparently, this is not a new […]

Spiralized Cucumber Salad on Lettuce Boats

Spiralized Cucumber Salad on Lettuce Boats

In today’s recipe, crunchy raw veggies, folded with a creamy dressing, are wrapped in crisp, cool lettuce leaves–perfect for a light lunch or dinner! I’ve had this as a meal several times already and really enjoy it. I got the idea from a picture I […]

Banana Split Ice Cream, Vegan and Sugar-Free

Banana Split Ice Cream, Vegan and Sugar-Free

 

When you blend frozen bananas you get a cold and creamy concoction called nicecream — ‘nana ice cream! It’s my most favorite dessert. There are so many different ways to change the flavor that you never get bored! You can have a different guilt-free bowl of frozen yumminess every night and never have the same thing twice!

However, I get cold every time I eat frozen desserts!

I mean shivering under a blanket and my rings don’t fit anymore cold. And I hate to be cold. So why do I insist on putting myself through that? Why am I, even now as I type, sitting in front of a bowl of delicious green nice cream with a cup of coffee beside me so I can try and maintain some level of body temperature??

Because every shiver and every trip out into the summer heat to thaw out, every minute spent under an electric blanket, is completely and totally worth the amazingness that is the healthy, banana-based, guilt-free dessert they call nice cream.

 

Here is a new addition to my growing list of recipes and variations on this wonderful treat: I call it Banana Split Nice Cream.

Here’s how I made it:

 

Frozen bananas and strawberries get blended into a sweet and creamy dessert that is actually healthy with no refined sugar or dairy. This nice cream is guilt-free too!

banana split nice cream

(serves 1 if you’re me, 2 if you’re most other people)

 

  • 3 bananas, frozen, cut/broken into chunks
  • 1 cup strawberries, frozen
  • 1 T. cacao nibs (or you could use chocolate chips)
  • ¼ cup shredded, unsweetened coconut, optional
  • 1 T. chia seeds, optional but super healthy
  • 2 dates, pitted and chopped (or your favorite sweetener, like stevia/agave/maple syrup, etc)
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2-3 T. almond milk or water

 

 

Frozen bananas and strawberries get blended into a sweet and creamy dessert that is actually healthy with no refined sugar or dairy. This nice cream is guilt-free too!

 

Place everything into a food processor or high-speed blender and blend away!! If you have trouble blending, you can let the frozen bananas thaw for 15 minutes or so and cut them into smaller pieces.

 

Frozen bananas and strawberries get blended into a sweet and creamy dessert that is actually healthy with no refined sugar or dairy. This nice cream is guilt-free too!

Spoon it into a bowl, grab a blanket and/or a hot drink, and enjoy! :)

Cool Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing

Cool Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing

  I don’t know about you, but I have trouble finding a salad dressing that I like that is low in fat and calories, and dare I dream, even remotely healthy! I came up with this healthy homemade dressing made with fresh ingredients and I […]

Absolutely Amazing Three-Bean Salad on Rice

Absolutely Amazing Three-Bean Salad on Rice

  A couple of weeks ago, on a warm but not too warm evening, overlooking a quiet lake, under a peachy-gold sunset, I had the best meal I’ve had in a long time. Some lovely friends invited us to come to their lake house to […]

Super Addicting and Healthy Dried Pineapple “Candy”

Super Addicting and Healthy Dried Pineapple “Candy”

 

I looked high and low. I looked under the shelves of mangoes and behind rows of bananas, but they were nowhere to be found. Just a few days ago, there were piles and piles of them all over the store.

The abundance of pineapple in the last few weeks fooled me into thinking that I could come back anytime and just get more. I was wrong.

And just as ideas for all of the things I could make with all that sweet, yellow fruit were spinning in my head…

I guess I need to move to the tropics. I would not be mad about that. :)

 

 

You can dry pineapple and it comes out sweet and chewy and tasting just like candy! You don't have to feel guilty for eating as much as you want!

 

 

Pineapples are an excellent source of many nutrients, like vitamin C, manganese, and folate. They are low in calories, (only 83 calories a cup) and have fiber, which is good for digestion.

My favorite thing about them, though, is how sweet and juicy and delicious they taste!

Last week, during the days of plenty, I bought 6-7 of these gorgeous fruits and prepared them different ways. Some got cut up and put into the fridge for snacking and adding to salads. Here is a short video of me demonstrating how to chop them. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Some others got dehydrated, and they were AMAZING!!

 

Here’s how I did that:

 

super addicting dried pineapple “candy”

Cut a fresh pineapple into chunks. Place as many of the pieces onto your dehydrator trays as will fit, leaving some room for good air flow.

Turn on the dehydrator and follow the manufacturer’s directions for a medium heat setting.

 

 

You can dry pineapple and it comes out sweet and chewy and tasting just like candy! You don't have to feel guilty for eating as much as you want!

 

 

After drying for 5 hours or so, they should be crunchy on the edges, but soft and chewy on the inside. They seriously taste like candy, but you don’t need to add any sweetener — just pineapple!

 

 

Dried pineapple:You can dry pineapple and it comes out sweet and chewy and tasting just like candy! You don't have to feel guilty for eating as much as you want!

 

 

I have dreams of pineapple salsa draped over homemade tostadas, topped with avocado cilantro lime dressing (recipe for the dressing here).

I plan on freezing bags of pineapple chunks to add to tropical smoothies.

Chilly bowls of pineapple banana nicecream on a hot summer evening will happen.

On top of that, I need an unending supply of this dried pineapple candy on hand to snack on.

But all of this will have to wait until I can find a store with enough of that sweet, sweet fruit to make my pineapple dreams come true.

 

Do you love the taste of summer? Try this Summertime Strawberry Peach Ice Cream!

Do you love the taste of summer? Try this Summertime Strawberry Peach Ice Cream!

This ice cream made all from fruit is a great way to have dessert and stick with your health goals too! The peach and strawberry flavors blend perfectly and they taste like summer! Do you struggle with sticking to a healthy diet? Here are some […]


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