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  1. #5 Make Homemade Ice Cream

    September 7, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

    When I was a little girl, my grandparents had a peach tree in their yard. Every summer we all awaited the arrival of homemade peach ice cream. Peaches would be skinned and sliced. Ice and rock salt would be gathered and everyone, manwomanandchild, would get their arms ready to turn the crank as long as they could on the old fashioned ice cream machine.

    Some things are just better when they are homemade. In fact, I’m not sure what is better when store bought or eaten at a restaurant. Between the higher quality of homemade ice cream and my nostalgia over the summers of my youth, I had to put “Make homemade ice cream” on my Summer Fun List.

    What I didn’t account for in the excitement of making my list was that I didn’t own or have access to an ice cream machine. I suppose I could have bought one. If I did, it probably would have been this one by Cuisinart.

    Unfortunately, I do not have the room in my kitchen for one more small appliance.

    Imagine my excitement, when a recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod popped up in my Google reader. Two Ingredient Banana and Peanut Butter Ice Cream. Two ingredients. Two things that we have in our house nearly all the time. Two flavors that pair well. And NO ice cream machine.

    Although I was super excited about making ice cream from this recipe, I was a bit skeptical. The recipe doesn’t call for things typically found in ice cream. No cream, milk, or dairy of any kind. No vanilla. No sugar. Just peanut butter and bananas. Could that combination really taste like ice cream? I pondered that question from the perspective of sweetness and texture. How could it possibly be creamy enough?

    In spite of my reservations, when I found myself with a few spotted bananas on my shelf, I decided to give it a whirl. Aside from peanut butter and bananas, you will need some method of pureeing the bananas. Either a powerful blender or food processor will work. The Two Peas crew used a Blendtec blender. I used my Cuisinart food processor.

    First, peel and slice your bananas.

    Next, place them on a baking sheet in one layer. I used a Silpat to line the sheet because I wasn’t sure if they would stick. I’m not sure how necessary that is, but I hate trying to pry food from a baking sheet. It’s just annoying. Place the sheet in the freezer for a couple hours.

    Then, process the bananas in the kitchen appliance of your choosing until they reach a smooth creamy consistency. This will take a bit of time. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

    After the first scrape, my nanas resembled Dippin’ Dots ice cream. That’s not my favorite, so I wasn’t excited.

    As I continued to puree the bananas they started to come together and the blade spun freely under the fruit and wouldn’t really continue to blend them. At this point the bananas were getting a bit creamier, but still weren’t the consistency of ice cream. So I did something that has saved my butt in the kitchen more times than I can count.

    I walked away.

    Olivia needed my attention for about five minutes and that was just enough time for the fuit to soften up a bit and reach that creamy texture.

    It was time to add the peanut butter. I added a couple spoonfuls to 3 bananas. You could add this to taste depending on the level of pb flavor you desire.

    When I took off the lid to scrape down the bowl one last time, it looked like this.

    Wheeeeeeee! Ice cream!

    I transferred it into a bowl and put it in the freezer to harden for dessert.

    Here’s the awesome thing about this: it is sugar free, dairy free, and vegan. And, I promise you, it totally, totally, tastes like ice cream. I can’t wait to make this for my mama, who is lactose intolerant and misses ice cream like nothing else.

    Thanks, Maria and Josh, for helping me cross one more thing off of my Summer Fun List!

    Now, what am I going to top my ice cream with?? Nutella? Honey? Graham cracker crumbs?

    Two Ingredient Banana and Peanut Butter Ice Cream
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    Ingredients
    1. 3 ripe bananas
    2. 2-3 spoonfuls of creamy peanut butter
    3. 1-2 tablespoons of milk (if necessary, to help your bananas get creamy)
    Instructions
    1. Peel and slice your bananas. Lay them on a baking sheet and place in the freezer for two hours.
    2. After they have chilled, place the bananas in your blender or food processor and process until creamy and smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add the peanut butter and blend until combined. Serve immediately for soft ice cream or freeze for a few hours for a firmer consistency.
    Adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod
    Freckles and Sunshine http://www.frecklesandsunshine.com/

  2. The Art of the Smoothie

    June 3, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

    Ok, look. I realize that I’m posting about how to make a smoothie. I also realize that people probably already know how to make a smoothie. And I know that many, many┬ápeople still go to Jamba Juice to get their smoothies. Even people who know how to make smoothies. There’s nothing wrong with Jamba Juice, but it is kind of like Starbucks in my book. Why go spend a bunch of money on something you can make for pennies at home?

    I think I have discovered why the smoothie lovers do this.

    It is because it is a pain in the proverbial arse to haul out/clean/put away the blender. And unless you have my dream kitchen with a ton of counter space, leaving it out on the counter all the time doesn’t work well either.

    Here’s the thing….recently my smoothie making life was drastically improved. My friends, I am the proud winner of a Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender! I read a blog called Friedalovesbread.com and Frieda recently had a giveaway for said blender. All you had to do was comment on her blog post. I comment on a lot of blog giveaways, mostly for kitchen stuff, and I never win. But this time I did! Yippee!

    The blender arrived last week and I was pleasantly surprised to see that it also came with a cup in which to blend the perfect smoothie. I was worried that my glassware wasn’t wide enough. Isn’t it pretty?

    Here’s my smoothie making method. No recipe or exact measurements, I just eyeball everything. Be sure to do a taste test before you clean everything up. If the flavor or consistency is off, it will be easier to adjust it. Use whatever juice, powders, yogurts, veggies, and fruits you like. That is the glory of the smoothie. It can be whatever you want it to be. And, of course, you can do this in a regular blender as well.

    Pour some oj in a cup.

    Add some fruit. In this case, I used strawberries and blueberries. We like to use frozen fruit because it has the same effect as ice without watering down your smoothie.

    Next, sprinkle in a spoonful or two of protein powder. This is totally optional.

    Don’t forget the yogurt. Mmmmm, creamy smoothies.

    Now comes the fun part…plug in the blender, place it in the cup and blend away! Wheeeeee!

    While you can totally drink it straight from the blender cup, I highly recommend pouring it into a stemless wine glass. It’s fahncy.

    Thanks again Frieda! I love my new blender! I can’t wait to do my own giveaway one day and pay it forward.

    Readers, any smoothie recipes you love? Share in the comments!

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