Frozen Fruit Dessert with Honey and Almond Butter

Frozen Fruit Dessert with Honey and Almond Butter (dairy-free "ice cream"!)

When I decided to greatly reduce the amount of dairy in my diet (you can read more on that here), it was surprisingly easy for me to give up cheese. What wasn’t so easy was giving up frozen yogurt and ice cream. I. Love. Ice cream. I mean, I was a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Cinnamon Buns ice cream for Halloween this past year. If that isn’t love, I don’t know what is.

Frozen Fruit Dessert with Honey and Almond Butter (dairy-free "ice cream"!)

While I definitely still enjoy some ice cream and froyo here and there (while screaming “YOLO!” and thrusting my middle fingers into the air), I’m always on the hunt for dairy-free alternatives to satisfy those cravings. You can imagine how excited I was when Yonanas sent me one of their awesome banana ice cream makers. It looks like and has the same consistency of froyo, but it’s made with frozen fruit.

Frozen Fruit Dessert with Honey and Almond Butter (dairy-free "ice cream"!)For this particular frozen dessert concoction, I used banana and strawberries, and stirred in some almond butter and honey, topping it with shredded coconut—but the combination possibilities are endless. 

Frozen Fruit Dessert with Honey and Almond Butter

Yield: 1 small bowl

Frozen Fruit Dessert with Honey and Almond Butter

A dairy-free "ice cream" made with frozen fruit.

Ingredients

  • 1 large banana, spotted and frozen
  • 1 handful strawberries, frozen
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • ½ tbsp honey
  • Shredded unsweetened coconut

Instructions

  1. Peel one large banana (wait until it’s spotted—this is the perfect ripeness for frozen desserts), cut in half, seal in a Ziploc bag and put in the freezer overnight.
  2. Remove the green stem/leaves from a handful of strawberries, seal in a Ziploc bag and also freeze overnight.
  3. Let the fruit thaw for 10 minutes (you might want to take the strawberries out of the freezer before the banana and give them 5-10 extra minutes of thawing).
  4. Put half the banana in the Yonanas machine, steadily pushing it through.
  5. Put the strawberries through.
  6. Put the other half of the banana through.
  7. Stir the honey and almond butter into to frozen fruit.
  8. Top with shaved coconut.
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First my new juicer, now Yonanas—lately I’ve been really into appliances that look like they have erections. And when you think about it, why wouldn’t you want your kitchen gadgets to be happy to see you? :)

Frozen Fruit Dessert with Honey and Almond Butter (dairy-free "ice cream"!)

Do you guys have any other fun kitchen gadgets you’d recommend?

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Apple White Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Maple Glaze Drizzle

apple white chocolate chip cookies with a maple glaze drizzleThis is a health & fitness blog soooo let’s just focus on the fact that there are apples in these cookies and pretend they’re healthy. (They’re not. Not even a little bit.)

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Apple White Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Maple Glaze Drizzle

Makes 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp. whole milk
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • ¾ cup white chocolate chips

Maple Frosting Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1-2 tbsp. apple juice, as needed

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter. Skin, core, and finely chop apple.
  2. In large bowl, thoroughly mix together melted butter and brown sugar. Add eggs and milk; stir until fully combined.
  3. In separate bowl, mix together flours, baking soda, nutmeg, salt, cloves.
  4. Slowly add mixed dry ingredients to the large bowl of sugar and wet ingredients. Mix until fully combined.
  5. Fold in white chocolate chips and apple.
  6. Place spoonfuls of batter on a nonstick cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 14 minutes.
  8. While baking, mix together maple frosting ingredients. When done, remove cookies from the over, place on cooling rack, and drizzle with the maple frosting glaze. Let cool.

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Greek Yogurt & Crushed Almond Banana Popsicles

There’s just something about summertime that makes me want to put popsicle sticks in any and all things edible. Bananas were a perfect place to start.

This recipe is super easy—both to make and on your waistline. To make 4 popsicles you’ll need:

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 2 handfuls almonds, crushed
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • Popsicle sticks

You can buy the almonds crushed, crush them in a food processor, or take a more hands-on approach (sorry for the loud banging, neighbors)…

Mix the Greek yogurt and peanut butter together in a bowl. My friend told me she loved eating yogurt with peanut butter and my first reactions was BARF. But it is actually delicious. And as someone who can easily take down a jar of peanut butter in two days, I’m ashamed that I ever doubted the combination. Peanut butter makes all things (most importantly, life) better.

Set up a little banana popsicle assembly line with your bowl of pb yogurt, a bowl of crushed almonds, and a plate or pan covered in parchment paper.

Cut each peeled banana in half and carefully insert the popsicle stick in the cut end.

Coat the banana in Greek yogurt. It’s easiest to roll it in the bowl and then spead evenly with a knife.

Coat in crushed almonds.

Lay the banana on your plate. Repeat the process with each banana piece.

Once you have your batch of banana popsicles, put them in the freezer for 3 hrs. Hopefully your freezer isn’t as sad-looking as mine (i.e. empty except for three nips of cheap vodka). In my defense, I rarely buy frozen foods and do the majority of my shopping in the produce aisle.

Last up, enjoy! These popsicles can be a healthy dessert choice or a guilt-free midday snack to beat the summer heat. I took a bunch of pictures of me enjoying one outside but…I think rule #1 of being classy is to not be photographed eating a banana or banana-shaped food. If you catch my drift…

The pictures were probably even too awkward for a bloopers album haha. Suggestive food photography aside, I hope everyone has a great Thursday—get out there and enjoy happy hour!