Friday, November 9, 2012

Healthy Ice Cream

I had found a recipe for one ingredient ice cream.  All you need is bananas, that’s it! No salt or ice cream machine required for this.  To start you slice a couple bananas and put them in the freezer for about an hour. Once they are frozen you add them to a food processor or blender.

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I only have a 4 cup mini-prep processor but we love this thing. We use it all the time for chopping and blending. I decided to add peanut butter and cocoa powder to my ice cream but it’s up to you want you want. 

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As you blend the frozen bananas they start to thaw and become creamy.  That is when I added the peanut butter and cocoa.

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It definitely has a banana flavor so if you don’t like bananas you probably wouldn’t like this too much.  But it has the same consistency of ice cream and I love that it’s more healthy than store bought ice cream and super easy to make!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Banana trick

I always have bananas in the house.  They are an easy fruit to eat and take with you on the go.  When Jake was starting solids I enjoyed the ease of feeding him a banana, but of course he couldn’t eat an entire one.  I would sometimes help him out, but I wished I could keep it for later. 

While browsing the stores I came across the Nana Saver.  You cut a banana in half and then place the Nana Saver on the cut end which would keep the end from getting all brown and gross. 

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I used it for a while but it never really worked like it was supposed to.  But it was only a couple bucks so it wasn’t a huge disappointment.

Recently with all the Banana Yogurt Smoothies I’ve been making I use many bananas.  Sometimes it’s hard to find small bananas and I have to cut them in half or thirds and since I lost the Nana Saver (or more likely threw it away) I found a better way to save my bananas.


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I learned that all you need to do is cut the banana with a sharp knife.  Yes, the end will get all brown and gross, but it creates a natural barrier for the rest of the banana.


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I’m not sure how long it takes for it to get like this, but this is a day after cutting.


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This layer is actually quite thin and you only need to cut a small layer away to get back to the good stuff. So there is no need to buy a banana keeper or throw out a perfectly good banana if you only want part of it. 


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