Banana Soft Serve: Satisfy the Sweet Tooth

The Valentine’s day sugar high may have already worn off, but don’t worry! I’ve got the simplest recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth, and it’s loaded with fruit and even a little kick of probiotics for an easy boost to your digestive system.

First, here are a few other eats from the weekend! My friend and running buddy, Krista, and I spent Valentine’s day running and eating. Two of my favorite things. We pounded out a little over 6 miles on Saturday morning, and goodness, I’m so glad we did. The extra chilly weather almost caused us to postpone our run and stay in pjs, but  we spent the hour chatting away about life and marveling the beautiful sunshine. Totally worth the freezing hands!

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After the run, we made plans to spend the evening relaxing and putting together a tasty dinner. I gathered recipe ideas from pinterest and instagram, but needless to say, we ended up with a “kitchen sink salad.” There were just too many options to choose from, so we basically picked our favorite toppings from each and ended up with our own delicious creation.

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Side note: I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the weekend of love rekindled my love for avocados. Bought a whole bag at the grocery store yesterday. Yippee!

Now here’s what you’ve been waiting for: Creamy Banana Soft Serve!

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  • Bananas (unpeeled, sliced, frozen; I used 2)
  • Kefir, Milk, or Almond Milk (I used strawberry kefir for a probiotic punch)
  • Dash of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Fresh cut strawberries (for topping)

Add frozen banana slices and about 1/4 cup of your liquid of choice to your high powered blender or food processor. Blend until smooth stopping regularly to scrape down the sides. When the mixture has reached a smooth consistency, add cocoa powder and continue blending until creamy. Spoon the soft serve into a bowl and top with fresh fruit!

Sweet tooth solved with no processed sugar! Hope you enjoy!

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Black Bean Brownies: Make it for Bae

Happy almost Valentine’s Day! ❤ ❤ ❤ I hope you’re super pumped to spend this weekend with the people you love! I’m hoping to fill Saturday with a friend-brunch, a good run, a baseball game and lots of warm blankets. This cold weather is killing me, but at least it’s sunny.

In honor of love, I had to try a new to me recipe full of lovely ingredients to share with some of my favorite girls. These Black Bean Brownies are absolutely phenomenal! Of course, I didn’t let anyone come into the kitchen during this baking adventure because I didn’t want any biased opinions. Luckily, the end product was better than I could have ever hoped for. I was expecting a hint of “earthy” flavor, but these brownies were fudgy and so decadent. I cannot say enough about this recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie! If you’re skeptical, you should totally make them for laughs (and be surprised).

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Here’s what you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups black beans (15 oz can, drained and rinsed well)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup quick cook oats
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate)

Preheat the oven to 350 and grease an 8×8 dish. Toss all of the ingredients besides the chocolate chips into a food processor or blender (I used a blender) and blend thoroughly until smooth and batter-like. Stir in chocolate chips and spread the mixture into the baking dish. Bake for 15-18 minutes (18 worked best for me) then cool for an additional 10 minutes before cutting.

Again, huge shoutout and thank you to Chocolate Covered Katie for this recipe; I can’t wait to explore her site even more!

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These are especially amazing with a cold glass of almond milk, and I can only imagine that a scoop of ice cream would be to die for! Let me know if you try them! Happy Valentine’s weekend, y’all! ❤

Gr-Gr-Granola

When I got home from class and a meeting with one of the founders of Lukas’ Fund (more on that in a future post), I was cravingggg granola with blueberries and Greek yogurt (Fage Fruyo is my new fav), so I went for it. Because my pantry is looking pretty bare right now, I got to googling to try to find some inspiration that included a few of the things I have. I found this one over at Table for Two, and I used it as a guide for my own.

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2 cups of Old Fashioned Oats

Approximately 4 tablespoons Trader Joe’s Crunchy Salted Peanut Butter

Approximately 2 tablespoons honey

A few shakes of ground cinnamon

A splash of vanilla extract

A few drops of olive oil

(Needless to say, I kinda just threw some things together with little measurement.)

Preheat the oven to 325. Melt peanut butter and honey together before adding vanilla and cinammon. Combine oats with peanut butter mixture, and spread evenly on a cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes then stir and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

I’m still pretty sore from the race Saturday. Those hills did me in, but it’s been too pretty to stay inside. Here’s a cool shot from my sunny bike ride yesterday!

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What’s your favorite granola recipe or store bought brand? Mmmm. I’ve been loving it lately!