Friday, September 21, 2012

Guilt-Free, Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

Thank you, thank you frozen banana for creating a faux ice cream that's heavenly.  It's guilt-free and so easy to make!  First and foremost, your banana is the sweet in this recipe is so make sure it's ripe to the point of being slightly spotted.  The more ripe the more sweet it will be.  The peanut butter and cocoa amounts can be adjusted to suit your tastes but be careful not to add too much almond milk or you'll end with a smoothie.  If that happens, simply add some more frozen banana slices or pop it in the freezer until it firms up.  I like to top mine with chopped peanuts and chocolate chips. 
You can watch me make it in this video or see recipe below.

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1 ripe banana, sliced and frozen
1 tbsp peanut butter
2 tsp cocoa powder
1-2 tbsp almond milk


Add banana, peanut butter, and cocoa to a food processor.  Turn on and then add 1 tablespoon of almond milk through the feed tube.  The mixture should start to come together.  Stop and check it, scraping down the sides if necessary.  Add additional tablespoon of milk if needed.  End product should be like soft serve ice cream.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Perfectly Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower may not be the most exciting of vegetables, but when you simply roast it with olive oil, salt and pepper, and maybe a little garlic, it's a whole other story.  This roasted cauliflower is not only delicious on it's own, it's great in pasta.  It acts as filler, adding volume to to your dish without taking away from the other flavors.  Perfect with a pasta and marinara, pesto, or just olive oil and lemon.


1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
Olive oil
Salt and Pepper


Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.

In a bowl toss cauliflower with just enough olive oil to thoroughly coat.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss again.

Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes.  Halfway through mix up the cauliflower so they will all get evenly browned. 


Add chopped fresh garlic or garlic powder in the last 5 minutes, so the garlic doesn't burn.

Add pine nuts in the last 5 minutes, again so they don't burn.

Sprinkle with parmesan or pecorino romano.