Naturally Sweetened Lemon Sorbet (Single-Serve)

Naturally Sweetened Lemon Sorbet (Single-Serve)Okay so the texture of this delicious dessert is definitely more ice cream than sorbet, but the taste is exactly what you think of when you hear “sorbet”. Plus, Lemon Ice Cream sounds a little weird, no? I don’t want to eat Lemon Ice Cream. Lemon Sorbet on the other hand …

Git in muh bell-ayy.

That’s an Austin Powers reference for anyone reading this under the age of 15 FYI. 😉

Word choice and Austin Powers aside, I keep a ziplock bag of almost-too-ripe bananas in my freezer that I’m constantly replenishing because they are so versatile. They make the texture and taste of just about any smoothie better and when you want a quick dessert that’s satisfying but also healthy, frozen bananas are so clutch. As you guys probably already know, if you have a blender or food processor you can make faux ice cream/sorbets with them!

Naturally Sweetened Lemon Sorbet (Single-Serve)

Today’s recipe is a palette-cleanser dessert. The banana and honey satisfy your sweet tooth while the lemon and mint leave your mouth refreshed. I’ve always been a huge fan of mint sweets so this has been my go-to combo lately when I want a treat after dinner (an upgrade from running out in my pajamas to get a Peppermint Patty at the CVS next door haha).

Mint Close Up Naturally Sweetened Lemon Sorbet (Single-Serve)Usually I think of adding in nutrient boosters and things of that nature to morning-time drinks and meals, but I actually love how the tart citrus flavor of MegaFood’s Daily C-Protect Nutrient Booster Powder blends with the lemon in this dessert.

Naturally Sweetened Lemon Sorbet (Single-Serve)

Naturally Sweetened Lemon Sorbet (Single-Serve)

Naturally Sweetened Lemon Sorbet (Single-Serve)

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Combine until smooth.
  2. Enjoy right away. If the blending process has caused it to “melt”, you can pop it back in the freezer for 15 minutes for a harder texture.
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Daily C Protect Energy Booster Powder from MegaFoodTo fully explain why I like the Daily-C powder from MegaFood, as with all their products, I’ve got to start from the source. Their supplements begin as real food and this is no exception. The Vitamin C contains organic oranges grown on Uncle Matt’s Farm in Florida, which I just think is the coolest thing! The whole orange is used so that your immune system is nourished naturally, supported by the astragalus and schisandra berry that are also in the powder.*

Naturally Sweetened Lemon Sorbet (Single-Serve)Have you ever made “ice cream” from frozen bananas? What’s your favorite recipe? If I want something a bit richer, I’ll do banana + peanut butter + maple syrup. O. M. G.

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Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed PuddingThis might sound weird, but I go through phases where I’m completely disgusted by eggs–can’t even smell them cooking without gagging–and I’m in one now. My mom says it’s because of a heightening consciousness (veganism is part of her faith), and that makes me sound super cool so let’s go with that. 😉

Regardless of reasoning, I’ve been in need of easy eggless breakfast options lately. Chia seed pudding is awesome because you prepare it the night before and then in the morning have it ready to go. This almond butter banana chia seed pudding recipe is SO GOOD. It makes for a great breakfast but could also satisfy a sweet tooth craving at night if you’re looking for healthy dessert options.  Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Yield: 2 small servings or 1 large

Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients

  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1 c almond milk
  • 1/4 c almond butter
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Optional: extra banana for slicing and topping (recommended)

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients except the chia seeds into a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a mason jar or other sealable container and stir in the chia seeds.
  3. Let sit in the refrigerator over night (or at least 8 hours).
  4. Slice up some banana for a topping and enjoy as a breakfast or healthy dessert!
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Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Prep this tonight and kick your week off right by enjoying it for breakfast tomorrow morning!

Are you a chia seed pudding fan? What are some of your favorite flavor combos? And anyone else get weird temporary food revulsions? Happens to me with eggs, melted cheese and fish. Maybe my body is telling me to be a vegan …

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No-Bake Banana Bread Graham Bites

No-Bake Banana Bread Graham BitesI still don’t have a functioning oven so I had to get creative the other week with an almost-too-ripe banana that I didn’t want to spoil. These banana bread bites are rolled in crushed graham crackers and make for a perfect snack or healthier dessert. No-Bake Banana Bread Graham BitesNo-Bake Banana Bread Graham Bites

No-Bake Banana Bread Graham Bites

Yield: 10-12 balls

No-Bake Banana Bread Graham Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 c old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 10 pitted dates
  • 1 tbsp honey (can use maple syrup)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 2 graham crackers, crushed

Instructions

  1. Pulse the oats in a food processor until they make a coarse flour.
  2. Add in all the other ingredients except the graham crackers. Process until you have a fully-combined sticky mixture.
  3. Form into 1-inch balls and individually roll in the crushed graham crackers, pressing firmly until coated.
  4. You can eat right away or refrigerate for 30 minutes first, which I recommend.

Notes

These are good without the graham crackers, too! They'll be sticky though, so it's good to roll them in something (try coconut--delicious option!).

http://pumpsandiron.com/2015/12/09/no-bake-banana-bread-graham-bites/

No-Bake Banana Bread Graham Bites

You can get creative with these. I’ve also rolled raisins in to the mixture after combining in the food processor and it was a great addition!

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