Have you ever felt powerless against the urge to eat junk food, or to grab a 3 PM vending machine fix at work? When you prepare your own sweets at home, you gain the power to decide exactly what ingredients go into your snacks. And, when your dessert is based on wholesome fruit without added sugar, you can’t go wrong. You may find yourself savoring smaller portion sizes too, knowing that your own time and effort went into preparing the treat. More power to you in making healthier choices!
Bold Berry Frozen Treat
3 ripe, medium bananas, cut into rounds and frozen
1 cup blueberries, frozen
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tbsp. almond or cashew butter (optional)
Combine all ingredients and spin in a food processor until smooth, stopping & scraping the sides down with a spatula a couple times. This will take 3-5 minutes. When it appears soft and creamy, with no chunks of fruit, it’s done. It can be eaten right away if you like a melty consistency, or it can be allowed to firm up more in the freezer. Makes roughly 1.5 pints, or 4 to 6 portions. Left-over portions will freeze more solid than dairy ice cream & will need several more minutes of thaw time. You’ll want to brush your teeth right away after this one, to get rid of any blue residue.
Gwen Coveny is an enthusiastic foodie with a focus on creative, vegetarian entrees and healthy treats. She spends countless hours experimenting with recipes and she finds joy in getting friends and family to try new things. Stay tuned for more culinary inspiration from Gwen in 2015.