Healthier Banana Split

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Happy Monday! The day that follows the best day of the week, in my opinion, Sunday, when we recognize the importance of relaxation. No work is to be had on Sunday. I wish I could say I was better about obeying that commandment, but I’m not.CC Pics 035

What I am good at doing on Sundays is caring for myself however I see fit. Usually, this means some time spent talking to my higher power in church or alone, watching 60 minutes, relaxing before the week to come, and spoiling myself with something really delicious for dinner and dessert.

People like the cute “Sundaes on Sunday” idea. Me, too. But I like mine wholesome and nutritious. I’m not saying that’s for everyone, but let me send a little divinely delicious inspiration your way.

You’ve probably heard by now that frozen banana chunks are so sweet and smooth it’s like biting into ice cream. If you follow this blog, you’ve read about my successful experimentation with this and with freezing yogurt for homemade froyo. Both have major yum factor.

So I started putting them together.

With some fresh strawberries, of course–and in another instance, dark chocolate chips–and just made an all frozen, holistic banana split I like quite well.

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1 banana

2-3 T chopped strawberries

1/4 cup yogurt of choice ( I like vanilla coconut)

optional: chocolate chips, nuts, etc.

Directions

Slice the banana to your likely. For a split classic, I split mine down the middle and then in halves to fit in my dish. You might also chop or chunk them and layer your yogurt on top.

Next comes the yogurt. Top or drop as you like on your banana split slices or chunks.

Last is the berries. Sprinkle as desired.

 

Dessert Nachos & Sweet Yogurt Dip

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My first-world problem/ plight of having too many whole-wheat tortillas persists (read about my participation in a high-fiber nutrition study). All but two 10-ct. bags have been used up and all for savory dishes, tofu scrambles, bean and veggie burritos, burrito bowls, and much more.SAM_5262

So I wanted to try something sweet.

I’ve seen different dessert nacho recipes pinned on Pinterest for quite a while. I thought I’d dip into that.

What I threw together was pretty good and super simple. This recipe makes enough for one, but you could easily double it.

It works well for dessert, but I’d also love to try it out on kids. I think they’d get a kick out of dessert nachos, and maybe even for breakfast…

Ingredients

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1 t cinnamon

1 t stevia or 2 t organic honey

1/4 cup plain yogurt (plain works, but non-dairy coconut is a little sweeter)

1 more t stevia

1/2 t pure almond or vanilla extract

1/4 cup fruit of choice

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-If you haven’t already, slice your fruit and refrigerate to keep cool.

-To make the dip, mix the stevia and almond or vanilla extract into yogurt and blend thoroughly. You can use regular yogurt if you like, but I recommend plain since sugared varieties are, well, well-sugared. Return to refrigerator or freeze for about 40-50 minutes, churning occasionally, if you prefer more of a fro-yo consistency.

-To prep nachos, use a pizza cutter to cut your round tortilla into two halves. Cut each of those into three triangles. With each of your six triangles, cut a small triangle off the pointed end. With what’s remaining, you should be able to cut three more small triangles using a zigzag pattern.SAM_5270

-Next you’ll want to lightly spritz a broil-safe pan with cooking spray. If you’re using a cinnamon-stevia blend, go ahead and mix those together now, lightly coat the chips with cooking spray, press into blend and set on pan. If you’re opting for honey, which works a little better in my opinion, lay on pan, drizzle honey over chips, then sprinkle cinnamon atop.

-Broil for only a minute or so on that side. You’ll want to watch them carefully, and flip them quickly. If you’d like more sweetness, you can add more of either blend once you’ve flipped. Return to broiler and remove only once toasted. Let cool.

Then you’re ready to dip. Place your fruit on top of your dip and scoop up something sweet and good.