Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites

These are by far the best, yummiest, healthiest, easiest dessert/snack I have ever had! I always keep these in my freezer for a quick bite or for a guilt-free dessert. I am also a self-proclaimed chocoholic (my poison: dark chocolate). I usually don’t buy bananas because we don’t eat them often. But when we do I always end up using them in dessert!

Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites

frozen chocolate banana bites

Ingredients

2 large bananas
1/4 cup natural peanut butter (optional)
1/2 cup chocolate chips (milk or dark)
1-2 tbsp cup milk of choice

Directions

Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper or parchment. Slice bananas into coins about 1/2 inch thick. Spread a tiny dollop of peanut butter on top of each one. In a small bowl, combine the chocolate chips and milk (­remember, less is more). Microwave in 15 second increments until you can whisk them together. You want it to be a dip-able consistency, not spreadable. Add a splash more milk if necessary. Dip the banana chunks using a fork as a little chocolate-coating forklift, dipping them into the melted chocolate. Place chocolate coated bananas on the prepared sheet and place in freezer until completely frozen (30 mins–1 hour). Remove frozen banana chunks from the sheet and store in a freezer container.

Recipe source: http://nomnomnomblog.com/2011/05/11/a-taste-of-summer-and-a-new-video/

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2-Ingredient Flourless Nutella Cake

Since it has been about a month since I have posted, I thought I would come back with something so spectacular it will make your mouth water!

Easiest, most delicious cake you will ever make! I recently made this for a co-worker’s birthday so I cut mine into brownies for everyone to easily taste. But I have also made this as a cake for holidays such as Thanksgiving. It is ALWAYS a crowd pleaser! I have also realized that I can confidently say it is a no-fail recipe every time!

2-Ingredient Flourless Nutella Cake

nutella-cake

Ingredients

4 large or extra large eggs
8 1/2 ounces Nutella

Directions

1. Grease a 6 or 7 inch round springform pan (or square if you are doing brownies). Then line with parchment paper on sides and on bottom. (By spraying with oil first, the parchment paper sticks better.) Preheat oven to 350F. Beat eggs on highest speed with stand mixer until about triple in volume, about 6 minutes. The egg consistency is the key to making this recipe work, so don’t try to save time on this step. Eggs must be beaten until triple in volume as that is what creates the cake.

2. Measure out Nutella into a glass bowl. Microwave Nutella for about 20 seconds to make it softer. Add in 1/3 of the egg mixture. Gently stir with a spatula in the same clockwise direction until all of the egg is mixed in and no streaks remain. Then add another 1/3 of egg mixture and fold again until no egg streaks remain. Pour in remaining third and make sure to scrape the foam that sticks to the mixing bowl into the batter and stir until no streaks remain. (Make sure to do this in 3 batches because otherwise the whipped eggs may lose too much of the air that has been whipped into them if you try to do it all at once).

3. Pour batter into springfoam pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cake cool completely before removing from pan and cutting and serving.

Recipe source: http://kirbiecravings.com/2012/03/2-ingredient-flourless-nutella-cake.html

Apple Nachos

By far the BEST girl’s night snack! Healthy finger food to curb any dessert craving! And just as easy as normal nachos!

The great thing about this recipe is that you can really make it your own. If you are allergic to nuts (like my sister) you can omit the almonds, pecans, and peanut butter, and drizzle carmel on top instead. Or if you don’t like coconut (like my husband) you can simply omit the coconut flakes all together!

This really isn’t a recipe that needs to be followed precisely. The lemon juice is simply so the apples won’t brown, and if you don’t like a lot of nuts, you can put as many or as little as you’d prefer. I am leaving all the optional “toppings” in the list below so you can pick and choose which strike your sweet tooth!

Apple Nachos

Apple Nachos

Ingredients

  • 3 crispy and slightly tart apples (honeycrisp is the best!)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp creamy natural peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp runny caramel
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup flaked unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butterscotch chips

Directions

Slice up some apples into wedges. Squeeze a little lemon juice over the apples to keep them from browning too fast.

Melt some peanut butter (in the microwave, or in a pan over the stove works just fine)–until it’s super runny–and drizzle it all over the apples. Next, top the apples and peanut butter with any of the toppings of your choosing (I like chopped almonds and chocolate chips).

And eat up!

Recipe source: http://www.allysonkramer.com/2011/10/apple-nachos/