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Frozen (Banana) Yogurt

August 5, 2012

Summer, I’m about done with you.  I know I will regret that statement in about 6 months, but it’s time for some relief.  It’s too hot to go on walks (i.e. too hot for walks with a 7 month old), which means Orange Leaf has been missing some major business.  But we’ve discussed this already.

My frozen yogurt alternative is this recipe.  I saw this recipe when watching the food network one morning.  I didn’t believe that it tasted just like frozen yogurt…well, it’s pretty close.  Bananas in smoothies is not a new concept to me, but frozen bananas for yogurt is.  It takes awhile to blend the bananas (see picture below – it will look like this until it is well-blended) & you probably need a strong blender, but it really makes a great dessert with few additions.  And then there’s the obvious extra step of freezing the bananas in advance, but focus on the fact that you need only a couple ingredients for this tasty, healthy dessert.

I’ve incorporated peanut butter and/or Nutella, and I think you could easily try it with fresh fruit puree.  The amount of honey is optional, depending on the ripeness of your bananas.  Riper bananas are sweeter & will provide a better flavor (but less ripe bananas are technically better for you because they have more resistance starch).

You could say I’ve been lazy about uploading my food pictures.  But, I prefer to more positively describe this as interest in the various camera iPhone apps.  I love experimenting with the borders, tints, etc. of the apps, so you may be seeing more of these photos in the near future, FYI.  Until this phase ends, of course.

Ingredients

5 medium bananas
1/3 cup peanut butter &/OR Nutella, to taste
2 tbsp honey (depending on the ripeness of bananas)
Caramel or chocolate sauce topping, to taste, optional

Directions

  • Peel bananas; chop into 1″ pieces.  Place bananas in ziploc bag & freeze at least 2 hours.
  • Put frozen bananas in blender or food processor and puree, scraping down sides, until smooth. Add the peanut butter &/OR Nutella & honey; puree. Add toppings (optional) to serve 2 & enjoy!
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