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Orange, coffee and black cherry frozen dessert

Rich colours and flavours; use decaf if you prefer.

Ingredients

A shot of freshly brewed espresso (short), chilled
1-2T marmalade* (depending on how orange you want it)
2 large frozen bananas (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/4t vanilla extract
1 cup frozen dark cherries
Sweeten to taste

Option: 1t powdered maca

Directions

Make the espresso and chill in the freezer for 2 minutes.
Puree the banana, vanilla, espresso and marmalade until smooth. Add the maca if you’ll be using it.
Sweeten to taste, and spoon out into an appropriate dish
Puree the cherries until smooth (or leave it a little chunky if you prefer)
Sweeten to taste and top the bananas with the cherries.

*I use an organic brand to ensure the sugar isn’t bleached with animal bone charcoal.

Mocha frozen dessert sweetened with stevia

Fresh espresso and cocoa make this dessert (or breakfast) rich and flavourful Although quite sweet, stevia can still be an acquired taste and hard to find. Sweeten instead with 2 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar if you prefer, or 3 tablespoons coconut sugar, and so on.

Ingredients

3 medium frozen bananas (about 2 cups)
1 shot espresso (short)
2T cacao powder (I use a fair-trade, Dutch-processed brand)
A pinch of sea salt
Stevia to taste

Optional: 1t maca powder

Instructions

Make the espresso, mix it with the stevia and flash chill in the freezer for a minute. It should be fairly sweet (so that it sweetens the banana and cocoa sufficiently). A scant teaspoon of powdered or several drops of liquid stevia should be sufficient. When the espresso has cooled, puree everything together until smooth. Sweeten to taste and serve.

Strawberry, vanilla, and white miso frozen dessert with chopped walnuts.

A flavorful but light dessert or rich breakfast.

Ingredients

For the bananas
2 medium frozen bananas (about 1.5 cups)
1T sweet white miso
2t white pickling vinegar
1/4t vanilla extract
1-2T maple syrup (or to taste)

Optional: 1t maca powder

For the strawberries
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2T maple syrup
1/2T lemon juice

For garnish
1t chopped walnuts

Directions

Puree the banana first and its ingredients first, including the maca if you’ll be using it. Let the flavours mingle for about 3-5 minutes in the freezer. Puree the strawberries with their ingredients. Spoon the bananas out into an appropriate dish. Swirl about 1/3 of the strawberry mix with the bananas and top with the strawberries. Garnish with walnuts and serve.

Note: If you’re not accustomed to white vinegar or white miso, start with smaller amounts and add more to your taste, or try apple cider vinegar instead. The flavours will mellow after a few minutes.

Pistachio, ginger, and coffee frozen dessert

A rich breakfast or a light dessert. You can substitute a couple tablespoons of brewed coffee for the espresso, but the flavor won’t be as rich.

Ingredients

3 medium frozen bananas (about 2 – 2 1/2 cups)
1t fresh ginger, grated
1T and 1t chopped pistachios, separated, the 1t reserved for garnish
1/4t vanilla extract
A half shot of espresso (short)
Sweeten with stevia, maple syrup or agave nectar to taste

Optional: 1t maca powder

Directions

Puree everything except the 1t pistachios reserved. Add the maca if you’ll be using it. Sweeten to taste. Spoon out to an appropriate glass. Garnish with 1t chopped pistachios and serve.

Chocolate frozen dessert with almonds

Four ingredients, simple, creamy and delicious.

3 frozen bananas (about 2 1/2 cups)
2T cocoa (I use a Dutch-processed, fairly traded brand)

1/4 cup soft dates, pitted and finely chopped.
1t sliced almonds, crushed

Optional: 1t powdered maca

Puree the bananas, cocoa and dates until smooth, spoon out, and garnish with almonds.

Mocha, chocolate fudge frozen dessert with walnuts

Simple and delicious.

Ingredients

For the bananas
2 medium frozen bananas (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 shot fresh espresso, short (I use a fairly traded brand)
Sweetened to taste
1t walnuts for garnish

For the fudge
1/2T cashew butter
2t cocoa powder (I use a fairly traded, Dutch-processed brand)
1T cold water
1t coconut sugar (or other sweetener to taste)

Optional: 1t powdered maca root. Dates, stevia, maple syrup, agave nectar, coconut sugar, etc., will all work as sweeteners for the bananas. I use coconut sugar for the fudge, but other sweeteners will work as well.

Method

Make and then flash chill the espresso in the freezer while you make the rest of the fudge. Mix the ingredients for the fudge until smooth and thick. Puree the bananas and espresso. Sweeten to taste. Add the fudge and stir lightly to ripple. Spoon out, garnish with walnuts and serve.

Champurrado frozen dessert

A traditional hot chocolate richly spiced with cinnamon, vanilla and star anise, thickened with masa, presented here in frozen dessert form.

Ingredients

2T cool water
1t masa harina
1/4 cup unsweetened soy milk
1/2t ground cinnamon (1)
2T unrefined sugar (2)
1/4t vanilla extract
Several drops, anise extract (1)
25g bittersweet chocolate (I used a fairly traded bar, 70% cocoa)
2 Large frozen bananas (about 2 cups)
A pinch of cocoa for garnish (I use a fairly traded, Dutch-processed brand)

Directions

Mix the masa and cool water in a small bowl. Add the mixture to a small sauce pan and warn on medium. Add the soy milk and stir to combine. Bring the pan to a light simmer. Mix the cinnamon and sugar until well combined. Add the mixture to the pan. Stir thoroughly. Simmer lightly, stirring frequently, for about 3-5 minutes

or until the mixture is starting to thicken.

As the sugar is dissolving, break the chocolate in to small pieces. Add the chocolate to the pan, stirring continuously until the chocolate is melted. Be very careful not to add water, heat the pan too much, or do anything else that might make your chocolate seize.

When the chocolate has melted, remove from heat. Let the chocolate cool 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add the chocolate mixture to the bananas and puree smooth. Spoon out into an appropriate glass, sprinkle with cocoa and serve.

1. Normally, cinnamon sticks and star anise pods are preferred, but given the small amount of liquid involved, ground cinnamon and extract will do. If you decide to quadruple the recipe, by all means, use the whole spices.

2. Piloncillo is preferred, but not readily available everywhere. I used 2T scant coconut sugar, 1/2t black strap molasses for this version.

Mint chocolate frozen dessert

A simple, soothing, and visually impressive dessert (or breakfast).

Ingredients
3 medium frozen bananas (about 2 cups)
1/4 cup baby spinach greens
1/4t mint extract
2T agave nectar, 3T maple syrup, or stevia to taste
20g mint chocolate (I use a fairly traded bar)

Optional: 1t maca powder; trade the bar chocolate for chocolate chips if you prefer.

Instructions
Chop the chocolate. Blend the bananas, spinach, mint extract, and sweetener until smooth. Add 3/4 of the chocolate to the bananas and stir to combine. Spoon out, garnish with the remaining chocolate, and serve.

Apple pie frozen dessert with salted, red miso date caramel

A luxurious breakfast or a light dessert with rich but comforting flavours

Ingredients

For the apple pie syrup
1 cup apple cider
1t fresh ginger, grated and minced
1/4t dried, ground cinnamon (or to taste)

Optional: a pinch dried ground cloves

For the bananas
2 medium frozen bananas (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/4t vanilla extract
1t walnuts, finely chopped

Optional: 1t maca powder

For the caramel
1/4 cup soft, dried dates, pitted and chipped
1/2T white pickling vinegar
1/2T red miso
3T warm water
A pinch coarse sea salt

Directions

Start the apple pie syrup, then make the caramel, then the bananas. Whisk the spices with the apple cider. In a small saucepan over medium low heat, reduce the cider mixture to about to 2-3T syrup.

The reduction will take about 20 minutes but depends on the exact amount of heat and the size of the pan. You can stir infrequently while it reduces to about 1/4 cup. At that point, it should start to caramelize. Reduce the heat to low. Stir continuously while it bubbles and remove from heat when you have a thick syrup. Set the syrup aside to cool and make the caramel.

Blend all of the caramel ingredients except the sea salt until smooth. Add the sea salt. Stir to combine. Set aside. Blend the bananas and vanilla until smooth. Add 1t pureed banana to the caramel and stir to combine. Add the maca (if you’ll be using it) and the syrup to the bananas. Blend smooth.

Add 2T caramel to the bananas. Stir to marble the bananas and the caramel. Spoon out to an appropriate dish. Garnish with the rest of the caramel and the walnuts, and serve.

Blueberry, vanilla frozen dessert on a chocolate fudge brownie crust

A simple but satisfying dish. The miso in this adds a rich, lightly fermented and salty flavor, but you can leave it out if it’s not readily available.

Ingredients

For the brownie
2T soft, dried dates, pitted and chopped
3T walnuts (reserve 1t chopped walnuts for garnish)
1t red miso
2t lemon juice
1.5T cocoa (I use a fairly trade, Dutch processed brand)
A pinch sea salt

For the bananas
2 small frozen bananas (about 1 cup)
1t lemon juice
1t white pickling vinegar
2t sweet white miso
1/4t vanilla extract
Agave nectar, maple syrup, dates, or stevia to taste

For garnish
1/4 cup blueberries (I use frozen, but fresh would be fine)
1t chopped walnuts (as noted above)

Optional: Add 1t maca powder to the bananas for a
decadent breakfast. Add 2T coconut oil to the bananas and double the brownie recipe for a dessert.

Directions

Make the brownie, then the bananas. In a small food processor, grind the brownie ingredients to a crust consistency (it will start to ball up). Flatten out into a 3″ circle. Let dry covered with a clean tea towel for 1 hour, turning once.

For the bananas, puree the ingredients until smooth. Sweeten to taste. Plate the brownie. Scoop the bananas onto the brownie. Sculpt a flat surface on top, add the blueberries, sprinkle with walnuts, and serve.