Chocolate and Strawberry: a match made in… the 1960’s?
Apparently, the chocolate covered strawberry was first invented in the 1960s, in case you were wondering. Okay so these aren’t exactly chocolate covered strawberries, but when you combine the two in this decadent breakfast (or dessert), it sure tastes like it!!
A quick and easy dessert, with ingredients you already have on hand!
That is how every recipe should start, right? Wouldn’t that be nice! This is a great dessert (or snack) that I used to make often in college. It was one of those where I made it, fell in love with it, made it way too many times in a row for months, and then never craved it anymore. Lucky for me (and for you!) my cravings are back in full swing and I am loving this dessert right now. I think I have eaten it 5 out of the last 6 or 7 days.
It’s the perfect combination of warm gooey-goodness, with a soft crunch (is that even a thing?) and the corn makes it even a little salty. Plus, there is banana, and who doesn’t love banana?! If you’ve spent any time on my blog, you can see that I’m a little obsessed.
On that note actually, I just recently made a new friend. Oh yeah, by the way, I moved to Texas. It’s been a while since I posted and I had this whole plan to blog every week, etc, etc, and then life happened. Anyway, I am in grad school and it’s insanely busy, but I promised myself I would write this recipe post this week. So, back to what i was saying — New friend! Ah! She is the coolest! She can’t eat many of the same foods as me! Sadly though, one intolerance she has that we do not share is bananas. … I know! So tough. So I am going to be trying to brainstorm some new ideas for how to make these recipes and new ones without bananas. But I definitely think you could put other things in this like pineapple, apples (cooked or raw!), pears, strawberries — go crazy, get creative!!
I (still) don’t know what to call this…
When searching for a chocolate recipe, I had a lot of trouble finding one without any added sugars (including natural sugars), as I often do when searching for desserts. I have adapted this from several recipes I found to be completely free of added sugar and it tastes awesome! To make it a bit sweeter, I added bananas and created a tort of sorts… errr a sort of tort?
GF, DF, SF, Vegan
- 1/2 C peanut butter (I use mara-natha)
- 1/2 C. applesauce
- 1 large banana (mashed)
- 1 1/2 C zucchini (peeled, chopped in food processor)
- 3/4 C gluten free oats (ground in food processor)
- 1/2 C unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Optional: If you like things a bit sweeter, add in 2 Tbslp of honey or maple syrup
- Optional toppings: Top with peanut butter and extra banana
What a simple warming dessert for the coldest of evenings.
This should not even require a trip to the grocery store! If you have peaches laying around the house, you should have the other ingredients too, making it the perfect evening treat for those cold winter nights!
Faux ice cream – not the animal, the unreal kind, because this is totally Un. Real.
GF, DF, SF, Vegan, Paleo
I love those recipes, that you can text to your friend in under 160 characters. Or tweet in less than 140. AND send a picture! You know those recipes?
Well this is one of them.
- 4 super ripe bananas – frozen
cut up and freeze in plastic bag, tupperware, or cookie sheet.
- 2 Tblsp peanut butter
Optional toppings: frozen (or fresh) bananas, blueberries, or peaches, cacao nibs, unsweetened coconut flakes
“Wakin’ up too early
Maybe we could sleep in.
I’ll make you banana pancakes
Pretend like it’s the weekend now.”
– Jack Johnson
This song describes my boyfriend so well. He IS Jack Johnson (Well… maybe just a little less famous). He is all about forgetting the world, jammin’ to some music, and living in the present. That’s why he’s part of my medicine.
So last week, Gabe was craving something sweet. Since such a thing does not exist in my house (at least not with sugar) he said, “Babe! We could make those pancakes tonight!” And so we did. At 10 pm, we made banana & egg pancakes. Cuz we’re awesome.
GF, DF, SF, Vegan (if no eggs)
Ohhh cookies! How I miss thee! These cookies are how I got through my sugar-withdrawals for the first month. You’re able to perform the action of biting into a real cookie, with real taste. If focusing on sugar-free, just make sure to get dried fruit without any added sugar. The SMELL these cookies make while they are in the oven… well, you’ll just have to make some yourself!
- 1 large ripe banana
- 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce or 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract (I always add a little extra)
- 1 cup dried fruit (apricots, dates, raisins, etc.) no added sugar
- 1 1/2 cup gluten free oats
- 1/2 cup nuts (I use peanuts)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt