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Peanut Butter Nice Cream Sandwiches

Summer is always busy for me….working, driving the kids, getting together with friends and relatives, etc. But it seems like everything I do revolve around food or desserts…..snacks, lunches, picnics, BBQ’s. Making something that are easy and healthy would be great when I am running a tight schedule. These Peanut Butter Nice Cream Sandwiches are super simple and most of us probably have all the ingredients at home already. Nice cream is a much healthier alternative to ice cream using frozen bananas. I added peanut butter, but there are many variations you can do, like cocoa powder, chocolate chips, berries, nuts, etc. You can also use other cookies or crackers for the sandwiches. Don’t think that you have to compromise on taste by making a healthier dessert because they are really really yummy ! They didn’t last long at all in my house !

Makes 12 sandwiches  

  • 4 ripe bananas 
  • 100 g smooth peanut butter 
  • 30 mL milk (or you can use almond or coconut milk) 
  • 24 squares graham crackers 
  • 60 g melted chocolate for drizzling (optional)
  1. Peel and cut banana into small pieces 
  2. Freeze for 3-4 hours or overnight 
  3. Lay half of the graham crackers on a square or rectangular pan lined with parchment paper 
  4. In a food processor or blender, blend together frozen bananas, peanut butter and milk until smooth 
  5. Spoon on top of graham crackers in pan, smooth evenly with a spatula 
  6. Arrange the other graham crackers on top
  7. Freeze until set 
  8. Cut into squares and top with melted chocolate or other toppings as desired 

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Banana Milkshake (Vegan and Dairy-free)

This is probably the simplest recipe I have ever made.  It has just 2 ingredients !  I often make myself a banana smoothie after my morning run. It’s delicious, satisfying and very healthy. The past week has been quite hot, even in the morning. Not that I am complaining about the good weather, but when the temperature is up, I do get more tired after I run and I would be soaking wet.  So to quench my thirst and “refuel” myself, I turned my smoothie into an even cooler treat…. a milkshake ! I simply freeze the bananas before blending, how easy is that !

Makes about 2 servings

  • 4 ripe bananas 
  • 1 cup almond milk (I used vanilla-flavoured almond milk, you can use unsweetened if preferred)
  1. Peel and cut bananas into small pieces, put in freezer for about 3 hours or overnight
  2. Blend frozen bananas and almond milk together until smooth, serve immediately 

Banana Milkshake

 

Nutella Banana Muffins

Making banana muffins is a perfect way to use up your brown bananas.  Adding Nutella to the recipe makes them extra yummy !   

Makes about 15 muffins

  • 3 large, ripe bananas
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup Nutella spread
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F
    2. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside
    3. Peel and mash bananas, set aside
    4. Using an electric mixer, fitted with paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy
    5. Add eggs, mashed bananas and vanilla, mix well
    6. Add flour mixture in 2-3 portions, mix until well blended
    7. Line muffin tins with slightly greased paper muffin cups
    8. Fill muffin cups with batter to about 2/3 full
    9. Spoon 1 teaspoon of Nutella spread in the middle of each muffin, swirl around gently with a toothpick
    10. Bake for about 22 minutes, rotate muffin tray halfway through
    11. Let cool on muffin tray for 5 minutes, then transfer them on wire racks until completely cooled

To check if muffins are done, put a toothpick in the centres of the muffins, if it comes out clear, they are ready.