No Added Sugar Banana Bread
Delicious, all-natural ingredients with no added sugar and no refined sugar.
- 6-7 medium, overripe bananas, previously frozen and defrosted (fresh will work too)
- 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil (or other neutral-flavored oil of choice)
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup walnut pieces (optional)
- Butter & sea salt for serving (optional)
- Sugar-free chocolate chips (optional)
- Note: If you're going to use fresh overripe bananas, be sure to roast them for 15-20 minutes at 450F and allow them time to cool (reserving the liquid as well) before starting on the banana bread.
- Preheat oven to 325F. Lightly grease an 4x8 loaf pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the defrosted/roasted bananas, coconut or other oil, eggs and vanilla and optional chocolate chips. Sift in the flour, baking soda and salt and stir until just combined. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for roughly 1 hour, or you can insert a toothpick; you want it to come out without any traces of batter. Allow to cool before slicing.
- If you or your eating audience has nut allergies, feel free to omit the walnuts.
Adapted from According To Elle
German Chocolate Cake Ice Cream
What's in it? Kale, spinach, carrots, and avocado. What do you (and your kids) taste? Chocolately, fudgey coconut and almonds! Yum!
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder OR chocolate protein powder (for less sugar)
- 1 tbsp agave nectar OR 3-4 dates
- 1/4 cup coconut coffee creamer (found at health food stores like Whole Foods or Sprouts) -- optional
- 4 baby carrots
- Small handful, kale
- Small handful, spinach
- 1/4 large avocado (skinned)
- 1-2 cups ice
- 10-12 raw almonds
- 2 tbsp coconut flakes (not shredded, if possible)
- 1 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips or carob chips
- Blend cocoa/protein powder, agave/dates, veggies, and ice in a high speed blender like a Vitamix on high speed. If using a Vitamix, use the tamper to push all ingredients repeatedly into the blades until you have four glossy, creamy mounds.
- Drop speed to Level 4, remove the plug in the lid, and drop in almonds, coconut and chocolate/carob chips. Use tamper to push these ingredients into blades so they are chopped and retain some texture. Serve and enjoy.
- If you don't have these specifics veggies, use any mild vegetables; squash, cabbage, collard greens, etc.
- If you are trying to reduce sugar, use Stevia instead of dates or agave nectar, and protein powder instead of hot cocoa. Raw cacao will work, but you will need to add one of the above sweeteners or else the mix will come out bitter. Unless you like that sort of thing.
- Thanks to The Vintage Mixer for the photo.
Chocolate Protein Banana Ice Cream
Last night, we were craving ice cream. But our diet said "No way!" Solution? 4 simple ingredients...
- 1 scoop chocolate (or other flavor) protein powder
- 1/2 banana, peeled
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 cup ice
- Place all ingredients into Vitamix, then replace lid. Turn machine from 1 to 10, then high. Using tamper, push all ingredients into blade throughout blending cycle (about 45 seconds). Once ice cream is a creamy consistency, you're done!
- Try adding 1/2 cup spinach or kale for extra nutrients. No one will ever know...
Jamba Juice's Banana Berry Smoothie
Jamba Juice is one of the biggest smoothie/juice chains in the country. (And they only use Vitamix!) Here's a look under the (blender) lid at one of their most popular smoothies.
- 3/4 cup apple juice
- 3/4 cup Kern's strawberry nectar
- 2/3 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 banana, sliced
- 1 scoop raspberry sherbet
- 1 scoop vanilla nonfat frozen yogurt
- 1 cup ice
- Blend all ingredients on high for 45-60 seconds. Serve immediately.
- With the juice, fruit, and frozen desserts, there's a fair amount of sugar in this one. Consider this recipe a dessert smoothie, and invite over a friend to share it.
- A big banana berry thanks to www.SeaSaltWithFood.com for the great, fruity pic.
Adapted from TopSecretRecipes.com
Emeril's Mango Lassi
Mango Lassi is a traditional Indian beverage that combines mango, sugar, plain yogurt, and a few other ingredients depending on who's making it. This is one from Food Network superstar, Emeril Lagasse.
- 1 1/2 cups diced fresh mango
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/2 cup ice cubes
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 1/4 teaspoons rose water
- 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
- Remove Vitamix lid and combine the rose water, orange juice, mango, ice, and honey. Replace lid and turn on Variable 1, then increase to high speed. Blend until well-combined; roughly 30 seconds. Add the yogurt and process until frothy. Check mixture around 45 seconds. Consistency should be thick, but pourable.
- For a vegan version, try adding either soy or almond yogurt in place of milk-based yogurt. For an added twist, use 1/2 Roma tomato and 1/4 medium avocado without skin. The tomato will give the lassi its characteristic tanginess, and the avocado will help with the creaminess.
- Cool mango picture from: spiceend.com
Adapted from Emeril Lagasse
Vitamix Chocolate Soy Milk
Trying to avoid dairy? Cut down on the animal protein, fat, and more by switching to this soy-based alternative.
- 1 cup dried soy beans
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar, honey, agave nectar, or stevia
- 3 1/2 cups water
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa or Raw cacao
- 1/2 tsp salt (optional)
- Clean whole soy beans and soak for 4-8 hours. (Easy if you do this overnight.)
- Steam in medium pot for about 15 minutes.
- Using a colander, drain water from beans and let cool.
- Beans will have gotten bigger. Measure 1 1/2 cups of cooked beans. Place the beans, sugar, cocoa/cacao and water (and salt, if desired) into the Vitamix container in the order listed and place the lid securely on the container.
- Select Variable 1.
- Turn machine on and slowly increase to Variable 10, then to High.
- Blend for 60-90 seconds until smooth.
- OPTIONAL STEP: Using a filtration bag or cheese cloth, strain the mixture to create a smoother texture.
- You might have noticed the ingredient listing of cocoa/cacao. They are actually two different things. Ground cocoa has been roasted and processed for taste, destroying much of the nutrient value in the process. Raw cacao, however, is still in a raw, unprocessed state. It's known as a great source of magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, copper and potassium. Raw cacao also contains more antioxidant flavonoids than red wine, green tea and blueberries. If you purchase a bag, feel free to include a tablespoon in your smoothies every morning for an extra boost of energy through the day.
Adapted from Vitamix
Adapted from Vitamix
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