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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Chris's Healthy Pumpkin "Ice Cream"

    Some of you might remember Matt's cousin Chris.  You know, the Chris of Baked General Tso's Chicken fame. Ok, that might not really be what she is famous for, though it would be reason enough!  She is actually famous for being the creative mind behind Madi Grace.


   A while back she shared a few of her family's favorite recipes with me.  This one required ripe bananas.  You would think that wouldn't be a problem, except somehow all of my ripe bananas have ended up in baked goods lately.  I haven't been able to help it.  They have just called out to be baked.  So I finally stumbled upon a group of ripe bananas that really wanted to be frozen.  That is all it took, magic was made!



   This "ice cream" comes together in  just a few minutes with just a few ingredients.  With all of the bananas, it really does fill you up and it has a great texture.  You feel like you are really giving yourself a treat and you are doing your body a favor!

Healthy Pumpkin "Ice Cream"

Ingredients:

4 large very ripe bananas, frozen
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1-2 tsp honey
optional additions: cinnamon, vanilla, PB2, chocolate chips (Chris said they really like it with PB2 or vanilla, I added cinnamon to ours)

  1. In a food processor blend together the frozen bananas and pumpkin until smooth and creamy.  
  2. Slowly add in honey and blend until you get the level of sweetness you would like.
  3. Add any optional add-ins you'd like.  
  4. You can of course eat it as it is, but if you want it to be scoopable you will need to freeze it for at least a couple of hours. Let sit on the counter for a few minutes to soften before scooping.
Here are some more healthy alternatives to family favorites:





18 comments:

  1. This sounds delish!!!! My sister loves anything pumpkin! I will have to make this for her!!! Wonderful post!!!

    XoxoX
    www.manicmakeupgirl.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! It was fun to have a sweet dessert that was also healthy!

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  2. Love this! Banana as the base for pumpkin ice cream! And thank you for not sharing in the fall where I will get pumpkin social media overload :)

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    1. Too funny! I figured I'd do it while it is hot and people are worried about fitting into swim suits. It is a great healthy cold sweet treat.

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  3. Carlee- I am a HUGE pumpkin fan- I can't wait to try this-

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Linda

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    1. This is a nice way to get your sweet pumpkin fix without feeling guilty! Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Carlee!!! I just made this and WOW I LOVE it.. Hope to get some good photos and then I'll add it to the blog. I You know I'll add your link to the post so they can see your additional photos!

      Hugs,
      Linda

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    3. Hooray! I am glad you love it. It is perfect for this time of year!

      Have a wonderful weekend,
      Carlee

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  4. I love making banana "ice cream". I never thought to add pumpkin and I'm a huge pumpkin fan! I'll have to try this this fall!

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    1. It was a really nice addition! I hope you enjoy it!

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  5. This looks both easy and delicious. In other words, my kind of recipe. Thanks!

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  6. Mmm PUMPKIN!! :) I loveeeeeee it and I love fall and I am so ready for the fall/winter season - I miss the holidays!

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    1. I love fall too. Fall food and hoodies make it my favorite season!

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  7. Another great recipe!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again!! I love having you!! Pinned!!

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  8. This sounds and looks delicious. Can't wait to try it! Thanks, Chris and Carlee. :)

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