Super easy ice cream on the fly

I’m not even kidding here. Essentially, there are two ingredients. Frozen bananas and cocoa powder. You may use a little water or milk to loosen the mix if you think it needs it. But, seriously, give it a chance. The less liquid you add, the more firm your ice cream will be. For these 4 bananas I used a couple tablespoons of almond milk. I think that a food processor is a must, though I have made this in a Vitamix. You could probably make it in your Ninja. Maybe even your blender…if you know your blender is up to the task. The reason I like the food processor is simply because it’s easier to scrape out into a bowl.

Behold! The visual recipe!







Geez…that kid and his Poland birthmark. Gets me every time.

Banana Muffins that ROCK

This recipe is based on one called Crazy Good Banana Muffins I found online this morning. I was looking for a quick-ish breakfast that would be slightly healthier than the totally decadent pumpkin bread I’m planning to make later today.


1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 bananas, mashed
1/4 cup almond milk
1/2 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 12 muffin cups with muffin papers.
2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
3. In another bowl, beat together bananas, milk, sugar and oil.
4. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened.
5. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake in preheated oven for 18-23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean. Do not over bake.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes, Cooking time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12

Almond Jam Muffies

Breakfast was homemade almond muffins with porter peach jam in the middle.
I make my own almond milk (post coming soon) and it’s delicious. Being the miser that I am, I hate throwing anything away and store the pulp from milk making in the freezer. I recognize that not everyone reading this makes almond milk, so feel free to use almond meal or flour (find it with all the Bob’s Red Mill flours at your local grocer). You can make other substitutions, too, as you bake. The recipe called for regular white flour but I changed it to whole wheat pastry flour. About a month ago I used eggs instead of the replacer and stirred in chocolate chips after the final step while omitting the jam. Those were fantastic as well! Freeze the leftovers and reheat with swagger in the microwave.

Almond Jam Muffies

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup vegan butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup sugar
egg replacer for 2 eggs
1/2 cup almond milk
1 cup almond pulp
2 teaspoon baking powder
jam (I used porter peach jam I bought from Urban Agrarian)


1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

2) In a large mixing bowl, cut sugar into vegan butter with a pastry blender or fork until crumbly.  Whisk together egg replacer, almond milk and stir into sugar-butter mixture.  Gently stir in almond pulp, cinnamon and baking powder. Slowly and evenly fold flour into almond mixture.  The batter will be very thick….and that’s ok.

3) Fill a muffin pan with paper liners and spray with oil. Using a 1/4 cup measure, fill each muffin cup about halfway full.  Add a teaspoon of jam to the center of the batter for each muffin, then layer about a tablespoon of batter on top of the jam. My batter was so thick I could scoop and pat it into a little disk and lay over the jam-filled divot.

4) Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

*adapted from here.

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