Here are two of my favorite summer desserts…. because we could all use a little sweetness this summer.
Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream
I love this recipe for summer. Peanut butter is my favorite add in but there are all kinds of flavor options. What I like about adding peanut butter, or any nut butter, most is that it adds both a healthy fat and some protein to this decadent but healthy dessert. I keep a huge bag of frozen bananas on hand so I can whip this up as a special summer treat anytime.
Servings: 3 | Time: 10 minutes
- 3 peeled frozen bananas (freeze them when they are ripe!)
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter
- Tiny pinch of salt
- If you are having trouble blending add 1 tablespoon of liquid (cold water, nut milk or oat milk) at a time until you can blend. Don’t overdo the liquid or you will get runny ice cream.
- Cacao nibs to top
- Make sure to wait until the bananas you are going to use are ripe (look for a few brown spots). Peel, roughly break into 4 or 5 pieces and place in a freezer bag, getting as much air out as possible to prevent freezer burn. Freeze for at least 4 hours and preferably overnight.
- Put frozen banana pieces, peanut butter and a tiny pinch of salt into a food processor. Blend.
- If the banana is getting “stuck” add 1 tablespoon of cold liquid at a time and keep blending. Sometimes I need to stop, move things around a bit with a spoon, and restart a few times to get everything blended.
- This ice cream is best when eaten immediately while it has the consistency of soft serve.
- You can also freeze it but it tends to be quite hard and the texture won’t be quite a nice although the flavor is still delicious.
- Top with cacao nibs for a little chocolatey crunch!
What could be better on the Fourth of July that a popsicle!?!? Honestly I rarely like cold foods. I run cold and they make me colder, but my tune changes on a hot, humid summer day. It’s then that I want nothing more than a cold, delicious popsicle. Whereas most popsicles are high in sugar and low in protein and healthy fat, this is the ultimate balanced pop! The yogurt is full of protein and healthy fat. The peaches provide antioxidants and fiber. The hemp hearts and flaxseeds are full of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids as well as adding fiber and a touch of protein.
Servings: 8 | Time: 10 minutes
- 1 cup frozen or fresh peaches (pitted)
- 1 cup full-fat plain greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons hemp hearts or ground flaxseeds
- Tiny pinch of salt
- Optional: 1-2 tablespoons honey
- Put all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend well. If you want some chunks of fruit leave some out of the blender and add to the molds as pieces.
- Taste to see if you need to add honey or if it’s great as is.
- Pour into popsicle molds (I filled up 8 molds that were about 1/4 cup each) and place in freezer. Let set overnight.
- Have a healthy popsicle on a hot day!