Peanutbutter Banana Honey “Ice Cream”

Theres only so many times you can make banana bread with old bananas, so I was super excited when I found this recipe for single ingredient ice cream, made purely of bananas. And I’m telling you, it tastes amazing, well unless, of course, you don’t like bananas, then this recipe is not for you. But if your favorite thing about coming home from school was peanut butter banana crackers, then this is for you:

4 overripe bananas

1 tablespoon of milk

2 tablespoons peanut butter

1 1/2 tablespoons honey

I actually like my bananas this spotted, but they always seem to end up in the trash before I can get my hands on them.

Slice your bananas before you freeze them, super important, they get really hard when frozen.

Frozen bananas, some of them stuck to the plate and broke when I chiseled them off.

After about 3 minutes of blending

About 10 minutes of blending. Never really got creamy so I added a tablespoon of milk just to help liquify it, you can skip this or try something else if you’re going for a lactose free version.

Quiet frankly, it tastes delicious just like this. But the original recipe said peanut butter, and how could I say no to that. After tasting it with the peanut butter it reminded me of my favorite peanut butter banana honey crackers (which I still make today). So I added some honey. so worth it.

Put into a container to freeze more solid. And yes, I did eat all the leftover in the bowl, it was delicious, I’ll let you know how it turns out frozen.

Im thinking Ill try the chocolate one next time, or maybe some variation of a bananas foster?

Update* Glorious scoop of banana goodness

Oh, and boy friend hates bananas, but still loved it.


Day 30+1

So remember how I missed the first day? well heres your plus one, now its 30.

So Im going to my Boyfriends for the Fourth and there will be a few people I don’t know there, so its important to impress people with your baking skills. Although technically this isn’t  baking, it lies more in the realm of candy but who cares? I bring to you Cheesecake stuffed strawberries:

So like any good holiday it is impossible to find the appropriate colored sugar in stock, but have no fear, you can make your own. (I know, I was scared too at first, but I promise it’s the least messy part of this whole recipe).

for a half cup of sugar I used 4 drops of regular blue and 3 drops of neon blue.

drop in a ziploc bag and massage the colors into the sugar until even. you made colored sugar, yay! I even think the finer texture of the sugar is kind of nice.

Cheesecake stuffed Strawberries:

1pint of strawberrys

about 10 ounces white chocolate (optional)

colored sugar (also optional)

1 pint of strawberries

8oz. block cream cheese – soft

3 tablespoons powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or almond)

Graham cracker crumbs (also optional)

First put your chocolate on a double boiler. I used a really good chocolate bar, but you could use chips. Just know that they wont melt as nice since they have stabilizers in them that prevent them from melting out of shape in your oven.

Next wash and cut your strawberries

(comically large berry)

I used a paring knife to cut out the inside of the strawberries, which sounds daunting, but if your strawberries are really ripe the knife will find the white inside for you.

Dont worry about accidentally poking through to the other side since we’re dipping them in chocolate, just be careful not to cut yourself.

Look, the chocolates melted, yay

Dry off your strawberries very well, even the insides, if any water gets in your chocolate it will seize and get clumpy (boo, not good).

set up a dipping station, dry berries, chocolate, sugar and drying rack with paper towel.

Dip the berries 2/3 in the chocolate and then 1/3 in the sugar, flip over and let cool. (easier said than done, I know). Did I mention I hate working with chocolate? cause I do, but this wasn’t so bad. Some of them ended up with a lot of sugar, but hey, its endearing, right?

so patriotic right? I moved the to the fridge to chill for an hour while I started the filling.

Beat softened cream cheese (leave it out all morning or microwave on low for a minute), powdered sugar, and vanilla together. Its like making cream cheese icing, only less mixing.

Fill a piping bag fitted with a large tar tip with filling and start piping into strawberries.

Lets be honest people, its just not cheesecake with out graham crackers

much better, sprinkle on top and viola!

Happy fourth everyone