Sundaes for any given Sunday

September 19th, 2010 · Lisa · gluten-free, raw, Recipes, sugar-free, Sweet · Comments

The last Sunday of Summer has arrived and luckily the weather today was truly glorious. I wasn’t able to go for a long run as my psoas issues continue but I did spend hours walking around my city. The sun was shining, the clouds were fluffy and streets were fully of smiling, strolling people.

When mother nature provides you with a perfect day to spend outside then you must oblige her and get out there. Our farmer’s markets are packed with produce as the seasonal harvest begins to wind down. I get a little choked up thinking about the end of the seasonal markets. I picked up a basket of beautiful peaches a few weeks ago. They were incredibly sweet and juicy on their own but to fancy them up I decided to top them with a twist on my standard banana soft serve.

By adding 2 TBSP of Artisana walnut butter to the banana ice cream, I created an amazing rich texture. The nut butter also stabilizes the ingredients – making it possible to enjoy the ice cream from the fridge the next day as it stays perfectly blended.

Peaches topped with Banana Walnut Soft Serve
2 bananas, peeled and frozen
1 sample package or 2 TBSP walnut butter
pinch of cinnamon
splash of vanilla extract
Peaches, pitted and sliced
In your food processor pulse the frozen bananas to break them up into fine pieces. Then blend continuously until a smooth, creamy consistency is achieved (it may take a little time so be patient). Add the walnut butter, cinnamon and vanilla and blend until well incorporated. Enjoy on top of sliced peaches or simply with a spoon.
Last week, there were two organic mangoes donated by Front Door Organics for the cooking demos at the Toronto Vegetarian Food Fair, but they weren’t ripe in time to be used. We picked up some ripe alternatives and I took the organic ones home to ripen on my counter. Yesterday, they were perfect! Their ripeness was a great excuse to take a little taste trip to the tropics.

Using another sample from Artisana, Macadamia Butter and the luscious, ripe mango

With very simple ingredients I created an amazing, creamy treat that will transport you to a ocean-side beach chair, with flowers in your hair and calypso music accompanying your repose.

Banana, Mango Macadamia Nut Soft Serve
2 bananas, peeled and frozen
1 sample package or 2 TBSP macadamia nut butter
1 cup of mango, peeled and chopped
splash of vanilla extract
In your food processor pulse the frozen bananas to break them up into fine pieces. Then add the chopped mango and blend continuously until a smooth, creamy consistency is achieved (it may take a little time so be patient). Add the macadamia nut butter and vanilla and blend until well incorporated. Enjoy with a spoon.

I added a some shredded coconut and chopped macadamia nuts to make it all feel a little fancy.

Adding nut butter to your banana soft serve adds healthy fats and protein. These sundaes would be great for post-workout refuelling as they are full of potassium, carbohydrates, essential fats and amazing flavour.

A little sweetness to end the weekend makes it much easier for me to face the week ahead.

For those of you following my training tribulations – I haven’t been to the gym since Tuesday. I’m continuing to build strength with the routine my RMT gave me and I hope that next Sunday (race day) I’ll be able to complete the half marathon at a relaxed pace. I better figure out a playlist to help me feel strong and powerful through the 21.1 kms.

How do you add a little sweetness to your weekends?

10 Comments

  1. Posted September 19, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    YUM!! I sure wish I had these ingredients on hand to whip these up!!

    Pure2raw twins

  2. Posted September 19, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Next time you're in Toronto (I know, wishful thinking on my part), I'd be happy to make you a sundae.

  3. Posted September 19, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    looks so simple yet so delectable :) LOVE banana soft serve.

  4. Posted September 19, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    what a wonderful list of ingredients! And yes, it's sad to see fall closing in, light fading, garden season winding down in this northern climate.

    Those all look delectable – I'm wondering how I could do them without the bananas, and think I could figure it out!

    love
    Ela

  5. Posted September 20, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Nom! Nom! Nom!

  6. Posted September 20, 2010 at 12:47 am

    I've been loving my softserves lately. I do often put some nut butter in there. Wish I could try all those kinds you have.

    I did make a sweet this weekend. You will just have to read my blog to see what I made.

  7. Posted September 20, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I really, REALLY need to make it to Toronto :-) That looks amazing!

  8. Posted September 20, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Jennifer and Jaclyn – I just realized you're in Guelph! We should meet up soon. I'm in Guelph all the time. I see a raw potluck in our future.

    Ela – I can't wait to see what you come up with.
    Pam – yes, yes, yes.

    Bitt- I never miss a post! I was excited to see the new member of your family. I'm hoping to welcome someone into my life soon.

    a-k – I'm looking forward to it!

  9. Posted September 21, 2010 at 8:09 am

    So when is your cookbook coming out? :)

  10. Posted September 21, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    These recipes sound amazing! I had many banana soft serves this summer, but never thought of combining them with nuts!

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