Diabetic Dessert of the Week – Avocado Ice Cream

March 18, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Dessert of the Week | 2 Comments
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This week’s Diabetic Dessert of the Week is Avocado Ice Cream. To make this week’s recipe you’ll be needing Avocados, Bananas, Vanilla Extract, Unsweetened Milk and Optional Sweeteners. The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Avocado Ice Cream
Looking to get your green on for St. Patrick’s Day? You’ll love this emerald-colored homemade ice cream treat. Featuring a creamy avocado base sweetened with bananas, it requires just a few easy steps to prepare.

Ingredients
3 ripe avocados
3 medium bananas, peeled, chopped and frozen
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup favorite unsweetened milk (e.g. cow’s, almond, cashew, etc.); can add 1 tablespoon at a time in addition as needed
Optional sweeteners and add-ins (see below)

Directions
Yield: 8 servings
Serving size: 1/2 cup

1. Cut avocados in half, remove pits, and scrape out the edible flesh into a food processor.

2. Add frozen banana pieces and vanilla extract to food processor. Tip: Peel and slice ripe bananas and keep in freezer to have prefrozen and on hand.

3. Process ingredients together until the mixture is smooth. Splash with milk as needed to soften the mixture. You may need to stop processing and scrape the edges a time or two.

4. Once smooth, lightly mix optional add-ins. (Read on for tasty flavor combinations!)

5. Serve and enjoy, or freeze until use. Once frozen, the ice cream may need to be thawed prior to serving.

*Note: Nutrition per serving using unsweetened vanilla almond milk without optional flavor add-ins.

Optional flavor add-ins
Chocolate Mint – Use fresh mint or mint extract for a soothing ice cream product. Mix in a few dark chocolate chips or cocoa nibs for the ultimate mint chocolate concoction!

Berry Cool – Mix in or top avocado ice cream with fresh or frozen berries. Blueberries, strawberries and blackberries are “berry” cool ice cream contenders!

Citrus – Squeeze fresh lemon or orange juice into ice cream for an invigorating, citrusy flavor.

Hawaiian – For an extra-tropical treat, mix fresh or canned pineapple into ice cream. Top with shredded coconut and macadamia nuts for added crunch.

Pumpkin Spice – The spicy flavors of pumpkin pie meet the freshness of ice cream! Blend canned pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg in food processor with avocado mixture. Top with toasted pecans for a light crunch.

Nutty Monkey – Mix in natural peanut butter, sliced bananas and chopped peanuts for a treat that not only monkeys will love!

Peaches ‘n Cream – Enjoy the freshness of ripe peaches by adding them into this creamy treat.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 140 calories, Carbohydrates: 10 g net carbs, Protein: 2 g, Fat: 9 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/desserts-sweets/avocado-ice-cream/

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Banana Rolls

February 18, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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I have a recipe for Banana Rolls to pass along. I seen these and I had never heard of them before. So to make these Rolls you’ll be needing Reduced Fat Cream Cheese, Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener, Bananas, Vanilla Extract, and Reduced Fat Crescent Rolls. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Banana Rolls
Serve these kid-friendly treats warm or cold. Makes a terrific breakfast treat, too.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 (8 ounce) package 1/3 less fat cream cheese
3/4 cup Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener
2 bananas
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 (10-ounce) cans reduced fat crescent rolls

Cooking Directions:
1 – Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
2 – Mix Splenda® Granulated Sweetener, cream cheese, bananas and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl using a hand mixer. Mix until creamy.
3 – Place crescent rolls on an ungreased baking sheet. Spread about 1 tablespoon of filling onto each crescent roll and roll into crescent shape.
4 – Bake in preheated oven 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
Makes 16 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/16 of recipe): Calories 180 | Calories from Fat 70 | Fat 8g (sat 3.0g) | Cholesterol 5mg | Sodium 360mg | Carbohydrates 21g | Fiber 0g | Sugars 8g | Protein 4g.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/banana_rolls_recipe.html

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

October 24, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Overripe bananas………………………

 

Overripe bananas can be frozen until it is time to bake. Just store them unpeeled in a plastic bag.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

October 18, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Apples and Bananas don’t play well with each other……………………

Don’t store apples and bananas near each other. Apples give off a gas that makes the bananas ripen (and go soft) much faster! Enjoy that fruit!

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

September 29, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Ripen bananas slowly with a banana hanger……………………….

Don’t own a Banana Hanger, invest in one! It will stop your fruit from getting bruised and going bad too quickly. Locate it somewhere that allows for free movement of air around the bananas, this handy hanger will slow down the ripening process. Keep your bunch away from other fruit too – bananas give off gases that cause produce to spoil faster.

Diabetic Side Dish of the Week – Fall Fruit Compote

September 20, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Side Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Side Dish of the Week is a Fall Fruit Compote. Nothing but good things in this recipe! To make the dish you’ll be needing; Pears, Apples, Seedless Grapes, Bananas, Dark Raisins, Orange Zest, Dried Pears, Cinnamon, Allspice, Nutmeg, and Orange Juice. Starting the Fall Season off right! The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Fall Fruit Compote
Ring in the arrival of autumn with this delightful dessert!

Ingredients
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20–25 minutes.

2 ripe pears, cut in small chunks, unpeeled
2 apples, cored and cut in small chunks, unpeeled
1 cup seedless grapes
1 medium-size ripe banana, sliced
1/2 cup dark raisins
1/4 cup golden raisins
3 dried pear halves, chopped
Grated zest from skin of 1 orange
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup orange juice

Directions
Yield: about 6 cups
Serving size: 1/2 cup

1 – Combine all ingredients in a large pot and stir. Simmer over low heat 20 to 25 minutes or until fruit is tender. Serve warm or cold.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 102 calories, Carbohydrates: 26 g, Protein: 1 g, Fat: <1 g, Sodium: 2 g, Fiber: 3 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/snack/fall-fruit-compote/

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Kitchen Hint of the Day!

September 18, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Storing Bananas…………………………..

Keep bananas fresh for longer by wrapping the end of the bunch with plastic wrap. Better yet, separate each banana. Both tactics block ethylene gases from releasing out of the stem, thereby ripening the fruit too fast.

Healthy Banana Recipes

August 27, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Banana Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy Banana Recipes with recipes including Peanut Butter-Banana Frozen Yogurt Cake, Coconut Banana Cream Pie, and Peanut Butter, Banana and Bacon Overnight Oats. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Banana Recipes
Find healthy, delicious banana recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Peanut Butter-Banana Frozen Yogurt Cake
This grown-up version of ice cream cake is a little sweet and a little salty. The yogurt cake gets its distinct flavor from freeze-dried banana slices–they can be pulverized into a powder (unlike regular dried bananas, which have a chewy texture)……………………….

Coconut Banana Cream Pie
Can’t decide between coconut cream and banana cream? In this simple recipe, we’ve combined two delicious desserts into one, so you don’t have to choose! The creamy coconut filling spooned over luscious ripe bananas in an oil-based pastry crust makes for a dessert that’s surprisingly low in fat……………………………….

Peanut Butter, Banana and Bacon Overnight Oats
We’ve taken classic Elvis-sandwich flavors–banana, bacon and peanut butter–and stirred them into easy overnight oats in this healthy breakfast recipe. Make a bunch of jars at the beginning of the week for ready-when-you are morning meals all week long…………………………..

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Banana Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19193/ingredients/fruit/banana/

One of America’s Favorites – Banana Pudding

July 27, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Banana pudding served in a bowl with vanilla wafers

Banana pudding is a dessert generally consisting of layers of sweet vanilla flavored custard, cookies (usually Vanilla Wafers or ladyfingers) and sliced fresh bananas placed in a dish and served, topped with whipped cream or meringue.

It is commonly associated with Southern American cuisine, however, it can be found around the country. Furthermore, it closely resembles an English Trifle in that it is assembled in layers and includes custard, fruit, sponge cake, and whipped cream.

Banana pudding can be prepared using a baked or refrigerated method, with the latter being the more popular, particularly among home cooks. Moreover, many recipes have been adapted using vanilla or banana pudding instead of a true custard. Other recipes omit the wafers. An early Banana pudding recipe was published in “The Kentucky Receipt Book,” by Mary Harris Frazer, in 1903. However, even this recipe does not include wafers.

Banana pudding

A typical method for making Banana pudding is to repeatedly layer the bananas, custard, and wafers into a dish and top with whipped cream or meringue. Over time, the wafers will absorb the custard and the layers will press together causing the flavors to intermingle.

The National Banana Pudding Festival is held at the Centerville River Park in Centerville, Tennessee. It is a 2-day event held on the first weekend of October.

 

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

July 21, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Extend the life of your bananas by wrapping the stems……………….

Keep your bananas yellow longer by pulling them apart into single-banana units and covering each stem in plastic wrap or foil. The wrap helps contain the naturally-producing ethylene gas to the stem end of the fruit. Otherwise, it would spread to the whole banana and accelerate the ripening. I have never heard of this one!

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