Going Bananas

Yesterday I was browsing Pinterest when a picture caught my eye. It was bananas on a stick, with some sort of chocolatey coating and toppings. They looked delicious. As I looked closer at the post, I read that the chocolatey stuff was Nutella and the toppings were coconut and crushed peanuts.

One of my best friends , B.S. was coming over for some quality girl time last night and I figured I would concoct some sort of snack for us, since we would be exerting a lot of energy on manicures, shopping and gardening. Its so rough being a chick 😉

Anyways, I figured, my friend E.B. from Emily’s Happy Homestead is fantastic at cooking clean, and she uses bananas all the time, so it only made sense that I would follow suit. I gathered my ingredients, nutella, 1 bunch of bananas, some honey roasted peanuts, coconut and oreo cookies…ok, so maybe E.B. wouldn’t approve of my banana usage but let me tell you…though it may be lacking in cleanliness, it sure didn’t lack in tastiness.

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It might be easier if you put the sticks on the bananas, freeze the bananas and then start topping them. I had a little trouble keeping the banana on the skewer I was using to roll it in the Nutella. Also, I would suggest heating the nutella for approx 30 seconds just to make it a little more malleable. Whatever you do, don’t add any cream or milk to the nutella to thin it out. Nutella is not like chocolate. The second milk was added, the nutella caked up and had a cookie dough kinda consistency. I had to trash it.

You can pick any toppings you want. So far I have only tried the peanut and oreo ones and they are to die for. I think the thing that surpised me most was how ice cream-like bananas become when they are frozen. I have recently come across banana ice cream recipes…not banana flavored icecream but rather bananas alone, blended to a baby food consistency and frozen. There might be more to that , so if you are interested I would research the recipe on your own, but that dessert would probably qualify for one of E.B.’s clean eats.

Here is the finished product. My better half made the comment that this was no ordinary dessert, but could be served as a more high class dessert.

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Fancy shmancy hu? They are super easy and even more delicious. Make them for the next time you have a friend over or host a family dinner. Everyone will go bananas for this dessert.

Hugs and Stitches,

Sarah

The 48th Hour

It feels like its been raining for 40 days and 40 nights !! It’s only really been 2 1/2-3 days, but the last 2 days have been NON-STOP steady rain. The weather unkindly sentenced me and the kitties to indoor activities, or the lack there of for the last 48 hours. I did not see the weather’s attitude change first hand, since my working hours are spent inside a windowless, flourescently lit office, however I was elated to feel the warm sun on my face when it was quitting time.

Although I have found the past 2-days’ weather to be tedious, I think my plants rather enjoyed it. They are all looking bigger and greener than I left them.

A tomato plant…
A bunch of sprouting Cucumbers…..Don’t you dare wag your finger at me you green thumb extrordinares (sp?) I know you are supposed to plant cukes so many inches apart and in a really big space, but the truth is, I don’t have a big space. I rent a lawn along with my apartment and am not sure how my landlord would feel if I took the kibosh to his lawn….so I put them in a pot. All of them. If they choke each other out…oh well. At least I tried. If I get a few good vines and some tasty cukes….kudos to me. You may follow my methods next year if they prove successful.

And my transplanted Succulant or known to others as Hens and Chicks. I LOVE THEM!
I hope you enjoyed my time in the sun looking at my plants as much as I did.

Anyways, last week B.S. came over to pay me a visit and we went for a lovely stroll through the borough and when we came back I agreed to make us some smoothies. It was a little before dinner time for me so I didn’t want to ruin my appetite by having a HUGE glass of smoothy-liciousness  like normal, so I ended up having lots left over. I stored the rest in the freezer till today. I am sad to say that my $5 yard sale Osterizer is starting to call it quits on me so I am trying to use it sparingly until I can replace it. Today I got ‘er up and running long enough to liquify the remaining smoothie mix. I decided I would make Popsicles out of them !

My first and last attempt at making healthy yet delicious frozen treats was a flop. I saw this fantastic recipe on Pinterest for a mixed berry, greek yogurt, raw honey concoction for popcicles. Sad to say, they were much too sweet for my liking and didn’t solidify. Not sure if it was the Honey or the Yogurt…so if you saw that recipe and are lured into trying them from the decadent picture posted before the instructions, I caution you to think twice and remember my words. Too sweet. Won’t Freeze up.

So I’ll show you what I did:
I found this GIANT bag of mixed fruit at Wegmans for $10. That is a great buy. Normally a bag of peaches half the size of this bag costs that much and you need to buy pineapple and strawberries in addition. Your healthy snack can turn into quite the expensive snack pretty quickly.
This is the most delicious combo. of fruits ever !
I just fill the blender about 3/4ths full of this fruit , add a tsp of Stevia for sweetness and maybe a half cup of plain greek yogurt. I add milk too but sadly I just kinda eyeball it until I get the right smoothy consistancy I want. Next step: Blend your little hearts out my friend.

You can stop here and slurp the fruity goodness as is and if you’re like me you will have leftovers.
Put them in an icepop mold !

And FREEZE !!!

Not you silly! Freeze the pops ! You may continue reading now.
It’s always a good Idea to have someone stand guard so no one comes along and snatches a pop before it is properly frozen. In my case, I designated the shrimp to do the job for me.

I’ll let you know how they turn out !

Hugs and Stitches,

Sarah