My Best Banana Ice Cream Yet – Raspberry

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It was so delicious, so tart, and I spent extra time blending it so I didn’t add more almond milk.  That gave it a creamier consistency.  Fantastic!

2.5 Bananas (some frozen)

12 oz. Raspberries (frozen)

A splash of almond milk to help it blend.

Smoothies Are My Life

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I am assuming this is what all vegans say.  Smoothies are a quick and easy way to get a LOT of fruit in one serving (or five servings depending on how you look at it).  I love my new Ninja blender that I have been using since Christmas.  For the most part it gets everything blended really smooth.  It works better if you do the thicker items first before adding in the liquid, or else it doesn’t get those little pieces small enough.

Smoothies really are my life now.  I have them multiple times a week.  That and nicecream.  The one in the picture was a banana pummelo smoothie, which came out pretty good, but next time I will use less pummelo, which has a bitter grapefruit like taste, and put a few sweeter ingredients in.

Banana Bites

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The times that I fell off the vegan wagon were times that I was craving chocolates and more bread-carb-intense foods.  I have found a way to fix those cravings!

Banana Peanut butter chocolate bites! Delicious.  I remember seeing these on someones instagram, and then I couldn’t remember who’s it was, but the closest thing to what I made I found over at A Healthy Slice of Life. 

I didn’t freeze mine, just popped them in the fridge and they were great.

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As I made more batches I got the hang of it, and made it a little more efficient.  I put the PB in a little bag and cut the corner off so that I could squirt it onto the banana to make the sandwich.  Then I used toothpicks to hold it all together and dip it in the melted chocolate, and when I figured out the gloriousness of wax paper – my life was ten times better.

You should all make these now.

I am going Bananas!!

I have a love hate relationship with bananas.  I like bananas whole as a snack, but when I blend them into things and mix them with other foods there is something about the taste or smell that puts me off.  I am trying to overcome that.  I am trying to be inspired by people like Freelee the banana girl and Fully Raw Kristina who just love bananas!  They are so good for you – and I want to eat more of them!

So.. A recommendation from so many instagrammers, as well as fromIMG_20150118_185839 my cousin, was the banana ice cream!  All you have to do is freeze a ripe banana, and when you are ready for ice cream, you blend it with your other vegan ingredients to whatever flavor you want.

I tried a chocolate one.  I used 1 frozen banana, a splash of soy milk for easier blending, and 1 spoon of cocoa powder.  It came out surprisingly well, barely tasting like bananas.  I am looking forward to adding more types of strong flavored fruits to see if I can have a less banana taste and other flavors as well!