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Curve Balls and Ice Cream

Sometimes life can throw some serious curve balls at you.

One minute, you think you’ve got it all together.  You’re certain of yourself- you’re confident, happy.  You’ve got plenty of friends and family and everything is smooth sailing.

Then one small change can throw you right off.  All of a sudden you’re left questioning whether what you thought all along was real.  Something you thought was one thing seems to be something else entirely.  You start wondering if this entire time you were in the middle of some big joke that no one let you in on.

Yeah, sometimes life gives you not-so-pleasant and unexpected surprises.

And then sometimes it gives you ice cream.

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But here’s what we’re not going to do: We’re not going to tell you that this “ice cream” is as rich and decadent as a bowlful of Haagen Dazs or Ben and Jerry’s.  Sorry everyone, but that kind of sinful deliciousness cannot be achieved without the addition of cream and sugar, which doesn’t really work with the whole healthy food blog thing…

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However, we will tell you what it does have:  Banana, chocolate and peanut butter.  Some of you may think we’ve over-done that flavour combo over here, but we can’t disagree more!  You can never have too much peanut butter-chocolate-banana.  You just can’t.

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So although this may not be as indulgent as regular ice cream, this stuff makes for a pretty delicious, simple and healthy summer snack or dessert.  And that’s the honest truth.

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Because you know what?  Sometimes things happen that you wish hadn’t, and sometimes people disappoint you- but chocolate, peanut butter and banana will not.  So enjoy, friends!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana “Ice Cream”

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Prep: 10 minutes
Chill: 2-3 hours (optional)
Serves: 3-4 people

Ingredients:

4 ripe bananas
1/4 c. peanut butter
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp milk
pinch of salt

Directions:

Peel the bananas and place on a tray lined with wax paper.  Place in the freezer and chill for 2-3 hours, or until the bananas are frozen or almost frozen. (We recommend doing this with a whole bunch of bananas and then just keeping the frozen bananas in your freezer all the time to use whenever you’d like)

Slice the bananas and place them in a food processor along with all other ingredients.  Blend on high speed until the mixture becomes smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as necessary.

You can eat it right away as soft serve, or you can pour the mixture into an air-tight container and freeze for 2-3 hours for a more “hard-scoop” kind of ice cream.

~twosaucysisters

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Our Favourite Combo

Before we get into today’s post, have you read yesterday’s post yet? No?!? Well, you probably should! It’s about an exercise and nutrition symposium that we attended on the weekend, and we talked about some of the points that a couple of the speakers made regarding the paleo diet, healthy living and weight loss. You should check it out! Now, to today’s post! 🙂

We have made it no secret in the past that our favourite flavour combinations are peanut butter chocolate, peanut butter banana, chocolate and banana, and peanut butter chocolate banana. There really isn’t anything better! We also have a friend who shares this opinion (the reason we’re friends, obviously :P), so back when he came to visit us for St. Patrick’s Day, we knew just what to make for post Sunday-Funday shenanigans – Pancakes!

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Peanut Butter pancakes…

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with vanilla-flavoured “ice cream” (aka banana soft-serve)….

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and a little bit of healthy chocolate sauce…

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try a lot of chocolate sauce! 🙂

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And a few peanuts on top for the crunch-factor!
Seriously, do we need to even finish this post?

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You see, we had a deal with said friend: He buys us a couple of drinks throughout the day, and we make him breakfast in the morning (though should the fact that we allowed him to tag along with us throughout the day and crash on our futon not be enough? Just kidding, Trev! 😉 ).

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Since he held up his end of the deal (perhaps too much) we obviously had to keep ours. But here at the Two Saucy Sisters house, when we promise someone breakfast, we don’t just make sure we have their favourite cereal and hand them a bowl and some milk, no sir! We came out firing on all cylinders – Peanut Butter Pancakes with Vanilla Banana Soft Serve and a healthy Chocolate Sauce.

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We think we did a pretty good job holding up our end of the deal, don’t you?

Peanut Butter Pancakes a La Mode

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Prep time: 10min
Cook time: 10min
Serves: 3

Ingredients:

For the Banana Soft Serve:

2 frozen bananas
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the Pancakes:

2/3 c. whole wheat flour
1/3 c. peanut flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
dash salt
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 whole egg
1 egg white
2 tbsp honey
1 c. milk of choice
1/2 tsp vanilla

For the Chocolate Sauce: (based off of Heather at Kiss My Broccoli)

3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla
4-5 tbsp water

Directions:

Slice your frozen bananas (if not already sliced) and add to food processor or high powered blender. Add vanilla and blend until smooth. Place in the freezer until everything else is ready to serve.

Pre-heat pancake griddle or frying pan.
In a medium sized bowl, combine all dry ingredients. In a smaller bowl, combine the wet. (Optional: separate egg whites and beat until they form a stiff peak and fold into batter after wet and dry have been mixed for a fluffier end result).
Pour wet into dry and mix until just combined.
Spoon batter onto griddle and flip once bubbles form on the surface and bottom of pancake is lightly browned, about 2-3 minutes per side.

Combine cocoa powder, maple syrup and vanilla. Add water a tablespoon at a time until it reaches the consistency that you desire!

Scoop banana soft serve and place over each person’s pancake stack. Top with chocolate sauce and peanuts, if desired.

~twosaucysisters

What food (breakfast or otherwise) do you make when you have a house guest?

Bread Pudding

One of our favourite desserts ever since we were little kids was pudding.  If it was a contest between jell-o and pudding, pudding won every time- hands down.  Of course, we always associated pudding with the thick, creamy stuff that comes in a bowl and you eat with a spoon.  So when we first ever heard of bread pudding we were a little bit confused.

We just couldn’t figure out how you could take bread and turn it into a smooth, rich, creamy dessert.  In fact, we both kind of thought the whole idea of “bread pudding” was kind of gross (picture slurried bread- not exactly appetizing).

But when we finally tried bread pudding for the first time, all of our pre-conceived notions of what bread pudding was were completely abolished!  It was delicious!  And no, it was nothing like slurried bread 🙂

So obviously it was only a matter of time before we set out to create a healthy version!  And obviously  our version was going to contain chocolate…

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And what goes better with chocolate than bananas?  (and peanut butter, of course, but more on that later…)

So it just made sense to make chocolate-banana bread pudding, right?

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Right.  And since we knew you’d want to make this and eat it all for yourself, we thought we would save you the trouble of explaining why no one else is allowed to eat any, and make it single-serving!

But then, we thought that might actually get you into more trouble, because you only made one for yourself, and we wouldn’t want everyone to be jealous, so we decided this recipe should make two single-serving puddings 🙂 (well, that and the fact that there’s two of us…)

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Now everyone’s happy, right? Right!  Because dessert’s more fun when you enjoy it in the company of someone else isn’t it?  (why Julie and Brittany, you’re right again!) 😉

So instead of blabbering on and on about whether or not you should share your dessert, let us just give you the run-down on these things:

– They’re creamy.  Yes, we said it- the bread is creamy by some kind of wonderful phenomenon that we will not question.
– There is a layer a thick, gooey banana in the middle.  Sort of like a pudding-within-the-pudding.
– There are basically chocolate chips running through the whole sha-bang.  If that doesn’t sell you, then you’re a lost cause!
– They’re healthy.  But that’s kind of the name of the game over here, isn’t it?

So if you’ve never tried bread pudding before or it’s just been a while since you’ve had it, we give you this delicious version that will love you just as much as you love it. It doesn’t get any better than that! 🙂

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

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Prep time: 10min
Bake time: 20min
Serves: 2

Ingredients:

2 thick slices of your favourite whole-grain bread
1/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 banana
1/2 c. milk of choice
2 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
Cut bread into 1-inch chunks. Place half of the bread chunks on the bottom of your ramekins.
Slice banana and divide evenly between the two puddings. Sprinkle half of the chocolate chips over both. Top with remaining bread chunks and chocolate chips.
Combine egg whites, milk and vanilla in a glass measuring cup and pour over each pudding.
Place on a baking sheet (precautionary measure in case they boil over) and bake for 20minutes or until the pudding is set.

Layer One: Bread!

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Layer Two: Banana and chocolate chips!

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Layer Three: more bread and more chocolate 🙂

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Now poooouuuurrr…

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~twosaucysisters

Have you ever had bread pudding?

Breakfast Turned Upside-Down

Who here read the Little Miss and Little Mr. books when they were a kid? If you did, then you’ll probably remember this Little Miss:

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If you’ve read this book, then you’ll know that Little Miss Somersault never did anything normally. Sit at the breakfast table? Oh no, not Little Miss Somersault! Little Miss Somersault eats breakfast balancing on the back of her chair.

These books should really come with disclaimers: Kids, Little Miss Somersault is a professional acrobat. Do not try this at home!

Of course, we agree with Little Miss Somersault. Breakfast should never be boring! It should always be interesting, delicious, and healthy, of course. However, instead of eating breakfast standing on your head (that could have unfortunate complications), why not make your breakfast upside-down?

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Why not have some Chocolate-Banana Upside-down Pancakes?

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And the obvious next step is adding a warm peanut butter sauce!  Because in our opinions, the 3 best flavour combinations in the world are Peanut Butter-Chocolate, Peanut Butter-Banana, and Peanut Butter-Chocolate-Banana.  Hands down.  And if you’ve never tasted the wonder that is caramelized bananas, you haven’t lived!

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Ok, so that might be a little dramatic, but seriously look at those bananas!  You cannot possibly say that doesn’t bring on the drool-factor.  We are unashamed to admit that we are actually drooling while we write this post- food blogging isn’t always pretty, folks!

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But it’s [almost] always delicious.  In fact, these pancakes are worth doing somersaults over- Little Miss Somersault approved! 🙂

Chocolate-Banana Upside Down Pancakes

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2

Ingredients:

2/3 c. whole wheat flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 egg
3/4 c. milk of choice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp butter extract (optional)
1 medium-sized banana, sliced

Directions:

Pre-heat a pancake griddle or frying pan over medium heat.

In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  In a separate bowl, combine egg, milk, vanilla and butter extract.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until fully combined.

Drop spoonfuls of batter onto your griddle or pan and spread so they are round.  Place the banana slices on top of each pancake.  Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until you see bubbles forming and the edges are cooking.  Flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes.  Continue until all of your batter is gone.

Arrange pancakes on a plate, top with additional bananas and warmed-up peanut butter.  Enjoy!

~twosaucysisters

Did you ever read the Little Mr. and Little Miss books?  What are your favourite flavour combinations?