tasty (re)creations

January 4, 2012

Another amazing healthy ice cream

Filed under: Sweet, Vegan — Emma Lillian Banks @ 1:43 pm

Inspired by the healthy shakes over at Chocolate-Covered Katie whose site you must check out.  Sorry no photo, I’ll work on it. This tastes like frozen mousse.  You can add whatever flavouring you like, my fave being cocoa powder.  I actually like this so much, that I eat it almost daily and do not miss regular ice cream.  This makes one serving.  Double, triple etc. away.  Tip: if you don’t have a food processor use a blender and let your banana thaw a little first.

Blend the following in a food processor: 

-1 1/2 very ripe frozen bananas

-1-2 tbsp full fat coconut milk

-add-in’s of choice

That’s it!

Some suggested add-ins, before or after blending depending on desired texture:

-1-2 tbsp good cocoa powder

-shaved coconut

-1/2 tsp vanilla or other extract

-booze

-chocolate chunks or chips

-raisins

-nuts

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September 2, 2011

Banana Quinoa Pancakes

Filed under: Breakfast, Sweet, Vegan — Emma Lillian Banks @ 4:19 pm

In a quest to cut down on gluten, I’ve been experimenting with alternative flours.  Since quinoa is grown in Bolivia, it’s become a staple for me.  I haven’t been able to find guar guam or other gf-baking leaveners, but the protein in quinoa flour seems to help things bind.

These vegan, gf pancakes are excellent.  Naturally sweet, fluffy, and filling.  You can make the batter the night before for an easy week-day breakfast.  I like to eat the batter on its own.  Pre-run, a few spoonfuls makes a great calorie boost, and post-run the cooked pancakes make a great refueler.

This recipe makes one serving of 3-4 small but very filling pancakes.  Double, triple etc. for more people or if you are super hungry!

Ingredients:

-1/4 cup oats (use gf if you are sensitive)

-1 super ripe banana (it’s ok to use frozen)

-2 tbsp raw sugar (optional)

-2 tbsp water

-1 tbsp oil (I use sunflower)

-splash of vanilla extract

-pinch of cinamon

-1/8 tsp baking soda

-1/4 tsp baking powder

-1/4 cup quinoa flour

Directions:

1. Pulverize the oats for a few seconds in a food processor.  Add banana, sugar, water, oil, and vanilla. Blend.

2. Pour mixture into another bowl of just pull out the blade from your food processor use that as a bowl (nobody likes to do dishes in the morning).  Add remaining ingredients and mix to combine.  Add more water and/or flour depending on how thick or thin you like your batter.  If you have time, let your batter rest at least 15 minutes.  I like it best after a night in the fridge.

3. To cook, heat your favourite pancake skillet on medium-high heat.  Add a splash of oil or nob o’butter.  Spoon about 2-3 tbsp of batter onto pan (these cook better if they are small).  Repeat until you have no more batter.

4.  Cook each pancake until both sides are golden brown.  Serve immediately.  Top with whatever you want or just eat plain.

July 20, 2011

Healthy, instant ‘gelato’

Filed under: Sweet, Vegan — Emma Lillian Banks @ 10:35 am

I don’t have an appetizing picture for this particular dish yet…I am working on it.  All my attempts last time I made this gelato made it look kind of like baby poop in a bowl (Update: I added a photo, which is a mini portion I made for myself as a snack).  But I swear it’s delicious!  And how would have thought that raw, vegan sugar-free gelato would be delicious?  It’s creamy, oh-so chocolately, and silky.  Yum.  You can also make this with non-frozen bananas for a kind of pudding.  The possibilities for add-ins are endless!

Combine the following in a food processor:

-2 super ripe frozen bananas (I like to freeze bananas once they get too mushy)

-1/2 ripe medium-size avacado

-3 tbsp (or more depending on personal taste) good quality cocoa powder

-1/2 tsp vanilla extract.

Blend it all together and eat.  Makes one large serving (which you can eat for dinner guilt-free….not that I do that).

Some possible add-ins, either before or after blending:

-sweeteners (honey, agave, raw sugar etc.)

-chocolate chips

-peanut or other nut butter

-booze (rum or whiskey would be amazing)

-raspberries

-chopped nuts

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