Chocolate Almond Butter Fruit Dip

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp Almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp honey

Place almond butter in a microwave safe bowl and warm for 30 seconds or until almond butter melts.  Stir in cocoa powder and honey, and enjoy with fresh sliced apples or other fruit.

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Note: as the dip cools it will firm back up and be difficult to dip softer fruits like bananas and strawberries.  Microwaving for another 30 seconds or so should soften it back up!

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Fruit Smoothies, Ice Cream, & Green Smoothies

First, let me say.. yum!  We love smoothies at any time of day, and with me having jaw issues recently I have been making them a lot.

Here is a basic recipe for frozen fruit smoothies: (Recipe makes 1 serving)

  • 1 cup frozen fruit
  • 1/3 cup fresh fruit or unsweetened coconut (Note: I have not tried coconut yet in a smoothie)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • ice as needed

Blend, placing the fresh fruit directly against the blade (as opposed to the frozen or ice).  This will make your life much easier, as blenders usually have a hard time blending hard frozen fruit all by itself.

Some smoothie combinations we frequent:

Berry: You can use any berries you have on hand, in any combination of fresh and frozen.  If you only have frozen, add extra almond milk.  If you only have fresh, add 1/2 to 1 cup of ice.  I like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.  My favorite are black raspberries but I have never seen them in a grocery store, so I probably need to grow my own if I want them.  If you have access to other berries, give them a try – and let me know how it goes!

Strawberry Banana: Strawberries, one banana, and almond milk.  One fruit frozen and one fresh, or both fresh plus 1/2 – 1 cup ice.

Here are some more ideas that sound good to me: Strawberry Kiwi, Strawberry Orange Banana, Strawberry Orange, Strawberry Pineapple, Raspberry Banana, Mango Pineapple, and Strawberry Peach.  I usually just throw in whatever we have on hand, and will continue to post recipes as I make them!

Paleo Ice Cream

Paleo Ice cream (at least how I make it) is basically a smoothie with little to no milk.  Start out with frozen bananas, and add any fruit you are in the mood for.  The bananas give your smoothie a rich, creamy consistency that is very similar to dairy ice cream. You really can make any flavor you want, it does not have to be fruit.  I did not come up with the deliciousness that is ice cream made from frozen bananas.  It has been circulating the internet for a while now, but one of the first places I heard of it was here.

Here are a few I have [successfully] made so far:

Raspberry Ice Cream

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • Almond milk as needed

Add all ingredients to your blender and blend.  Only add milk as needed to get the fruit to blend together.  When you are done, it should be creamy and look like a smoothie but be too thick to pour.  Scrape it into a bowl and enjoy!

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

  • 2-3 frozen bananas
  • 1 Tbls cocoa powder + more as desired
  • Almond milk as needed

Blend the bananas, adding milk if necessary. After a few minutes add in the cocoa powder and blend until thoroughly incorporated.  Taste and add more cocoa if you like.  My bananas were super ripe when I put them in the freezer, so my ice cream had a definite banana taste to it.  If you freeze your bananas while the peel is still yellow your ice cream won’t have as strong of a banana flavor.  The natural sugars in the bananas should be enough to sweeten your treat, but you can add honey, pure maple syrup, or pure agave nectar if you need more sweetness.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

  • 2-3 frozen bananas
  • 1 Tbls cocoa powder (Tip: Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder is REALLY good)
  • 1 Tbls almond butter
  • almond milk as needed

Blend the bananas, adding milk if necessary. After a few minutes add in the cocoa powder and almond butter and blend until thoroughly incorporated.  Taste and add more cocoa and/or almond butter if you like.

My measurements are estimates because I never actually measure anything when I’m making my own recipe. I just throw it in until it tastes good!  This actually makes it harder to replicate not only for you but for me, too, so I probably need to start paying better attention.

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Green Smoothies

I went through a green smoothie phase while I lived in Florida and wanted to lose weight quickly.  Unfortunately I never wrote down any recipes, which would come in handy now as I am bringing green smoothies back into my life.  Here is a delicious one I made yesterday from Incredible Smoothies.  And thanks to this website, I may never need to make a green smoothie recipe again!  Seriously, they probably have every combination you could dream of.

Apple Green Smoothie

  • 2 apples, cored & sliced
  • 1 cup kale leaves, removed from ribs (hard white part running down the middle)
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1/2 cup water

Put everything in your blender and press play.  And if you can get all of this to fit in your blender, yours must be huge.  This did not all fit in mine at first, but greens decrease majorly in size as they blend.  I added as much as I could, blended, and then kept adding more until I could get everything to fit.  Surprisingly this did only make one serving.  I had to blend for quite a long time until I was happy with the consistency.  Also, apples and celery are super delicious together!  This smoothie was VERY good.

I have learned that to make a true “green” smoothie, only add light colored (yellow, white, and green) fruits to your green vegetables.  If you add red fruits like strawberries, your smoothie will be brown, though still very tasty.  It’s the same idea as mixing paint colors.  I don’t know about you, but a brown smoothie does not look very appetizing to me if I know it’s made of vegetables and not chocolate.  My grandmother once told me that a healthy meal includes at least 5 colors.  I definitely agree with the importance to eat a colorful diet, but I would rather enjoy the beautiful colors on their own instead of mixing them together into brown.  But that’s just me.

Fruits I think would be great in green smoothies: orange, mango, pineapple, banana, apple, pear, peach, kiwi

Delicious Vegetables I have successfully put in a smoothie: kale leaves, spinach, celery, carrot

I am exited to keep trying new combinations.  Let me know if you come up with a delicious mixture!