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299. Make it Monday: Banana Soft Serve Obsession

Lately, I have been obsessed with banana soft serve – like, I’ve eaten it every day for a week obsessed.  I usually have a stock pile of frozen bananas in my freezer; they’re gone now.  Usually I stick to the classic bananas and vanilla extract, but this week I’ve been experimenting with a bunch of different flavors.  These two recipes have been my favorites so far.

Salted Chocolate Banana Soft Serve
adapted from Banana Soft Serve
makes 1 serving | 1 points+ per serving

A little bit salty and a little bit chocolately, it’s hard to believe this isn’t real ice cream.

Ingredients
2 bananas, frozen
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon coarse sea salt or kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Process frozen bananas in the food processor according to the original recipe.
  2. After 1 – 2 minutes of processing, when the bananas are broken up into fine little chunks or balls, stop the food processor and add the vanilla.  Continue processing
  3. After another 1 – 2 minutes of processing, add the cocoa powder and salt mixing in the cocoa powder just a bit to prevent it from getting blown onto the side of the bowl when you start the processor again.  Continue processing until smooth and creamy – 1 – 2 more minutes.

Chocolate Cherry Banana Soft Serve
adapted from Banana Soft Serve
makes 1 serving | 1 points+ per serving

Subtle chocolate and sweet cherries…what more can you ask for?

Ingredients
2 bananas, frozen
1 teaspoons cocoa powder
8 – 10 fresh cherries, pitted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Process frozen bananas in the food processor according to the original recipe.
  2. After 1 – 2 minutes of processing, when the bananas are broken up into fine little chunks or balls, stop the food processor, scrape down bananas if necessary and add the vanilla.  Continue processing
  3. After another 1 – 2 minutes of processing, again scrape down the sides if necessary and add the cocoa powder and cherries mixing in the cocoa powder just a bit to prevent it from getting blown onto the side of the bowl when you start the processor again.  Continue processing until smooth and creamy – 1 – 2 more minutes.

I like to eat my banana soft serve out of a mug, wine glass or fun and fancy bowl, but I’m also a little bit crazy sometimes.  If you’ve never made banana soft serve, you should make one of these recipes right now.  It’s a great substitue for soft serve ice cream if you can’t (or don’t) eat dairy or are just looking for a healthier option.

Also, a note regarding the points+ value, I couldn’t actually find a points + value for cocoa powder that wasn’t hot chocolate mix.  I used 1 points+ as the value for these recipes just to make sure I was accounting for the cocoa.  This may actually be 0 points+ since it’s fruit!

276. Pineapple Mango Salsa

A while back I made Jessica’s Healthy Homemade Fish Sticks.  I liked the fish sticks so much that I decided to use them to make fish tacos a week later.  However, no fish taco is complete without a chunky, fruity salsa.  Enter my homemade Pineapple Mango Salsa.  This super chunky salsa was sweet and spicy and a perfect partner to the warm crunch fish sticks in their soft corn blanket.  It’s also great in salads or with chips. 

Pineapple Mango Salsa

Makes about 12 ¼ c.servings

 Ingredients
½ Pineapple
1 mango
6 – 8 pearl tomatoes (*see note)
½ medium red onion

juice of half a lime
Cilantro (dried or fresh)
hot sauce of choice

*Note: I’m currently trying to learn to like tomatoes, so this particular recipe is a little light on the tomato.  If you’re a big tomato fan, I’d suggest using a few more.

 Do It

  1. Roughly chop pineapple, mango, and tomato.  Dice red onion. Put everything into a re-sealable container or a bowl with a lid.
  2. Add lime juice, hot sauce, and cilantro to taste.
  3. Seal container and shake to combine
  4. Enjoy with chips, on a salad, in taco, straight out of the Tupperware…however you like it!
P.S. When scheduling posts in advance, it’s important to enter the correct date of the day you’d like your post to go up.  Yesterday was the 16th, not the 19th which explains my confusion as to why this didn’t get posted yesterday as promised.
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