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Healthy Banana Ice Cream

Banana Ice Cream-the main ingredient is bananas! Easy to make, naturally sweet, healthy, milk free optional and low calorie. Have fun with this recipe and switch it up to your liking! A perfect treat for any day!

Don’t throw out those browning bananas! Chop and freeze them to make delicious and easy banana ice cream with just one ingredient: bananas.

How to Make Banana Ice Cream

Most times I buy bananas, there’s one or two that go brown before we eat them. This is a great way to save those bananas and turn them into a healthy frozen treat!

Step 1: Chop the bananas and freeze them
I chop the bananas about 1/2″ thick and them put them in a sealable plastic baggie. The secret to this recipe is freezing the bananas first! The cool thing is that you don’t need to use them right away so you can save those browning bananas and then make the ice cream anytime later.

Step 2: Put the bananas in a blender allow to melt for just a few minutes and start blending
If your bananas were a little mushy or they’ve been frozen for a while, you’ll need to seperate them before blending. You don’t want to put a solid frozen chunk in there or it won’t easily blend. I just take the baggie and slam it on the counter, or even the floor until the contents are broken up a bit.

I don’t have a favorite blender setting for the blending portion. I mostly press random options until I see things start to move. Sometimes I pour a little milk or cream in at this point, to get things moving better, but that is completely optional.

The bananas will look all chunky at first and you’ll probably have to repeatedly shove them down and blend. This part always takes some effort and perseverance.

Step 3: Keep blending until it looks like banana ice cream
Just keep at it and eventually it will start to look like ice cream! I usually switch to the “smoothie” setting on the blender for this part. Once you have the right consistency it will be smooth and moving on its own.

Step 4: Pour into a bowl and serve
Once it starts to look like ice cream, it’s time to pour it in a bowl and eat it right away! I’ve found it doesn’t refreeze all that well, so just make the amount you plan on eating.

An interesting thing to note- it doesn’t taste overly “banana-y.” It tastes mostly like vanilla ice cream with a hint of banana. It’s also naturally sweet and can be made with purely bananas, or you can mix in cream, honey, peanut butter powder, etc. and make your own unique blend. Add your favorite toppings like fruits or cinnamon! Enjoy!

Maria J 💜 – The Naturally Blooming

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Cheesy Jalapeno Omelet

Spice up your morning with this easy and Cheesy Jalapeno Omelet. Made with eggs, jalapeno peppers, and your favorite cheese, this savory pepper omelet is the best way to start your day.

Recipe tips and substitutions

  1. To make it less spicy, remove the seeds and veins from the jalapeno.
  2. For deeper flavors, saute the diced jalapeno with chopped onions and garlic in the skillet before adding them to the scrambled eggs.
  3. Use different kinds of peppers to adjust the flavor and heat. Bell peppers are mild and sweet whereas poblanos are much spicier and smoky.
  4. Bump up the nutrients by adding in more veggies like tomatoes, onions, or chopped zucchini.
  5. Give it some protein by adding black beans, bacon, shredded chicken, or tofu to the mix.
  6. The cheese choice is yours! Feel free to use cheddar, swiss, cotija, queso fresco, pepper jack, or any cheese you enjoy.
  7. Do you like your omelets extra fluffy? Add a splash of milk or cream to the scrambled eggs.
  8. To keep your omelet from burning, make sure the skillet is not heated too high. This will scorch the outside and undercook the inside. Maintain an even medium heat and only flip the omelet when it’s ready!
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Ingredients

  • ▢ 6 eggs
  • ▢ 2 tablespoons milk
  • ▢ 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ▢ 1 jalapeno seeds removed and finely diced
  • ▢ 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ▢ 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions

  • Crack eggs open into a medium-sized bowl and add milk, salt and jalapenos. Beat eggs with a fork to fully mix everything together.
  • Add butter to a large skillet over medium high heat. Once butter is melted, pour in 1/2 of the egg mixture into the skillet.
  • Cook eggs until firm, about 3-4 minutes. Add 1/2 of the cheddar cheese to one side, and then fold the other side over making an omelet. Continue to cook for 1-2 more minutes on both sides until crispy and fully cooked.
  • Remove from skillet and repeat directions to make the other omelet. Serve and enjoy!

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Tropical Citrus Orange Smoothie

This sumo Citrus Tropical Orange Creamsicle Smoothie will bring lots of sunshine to your day while bringing delicious nourishment too!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Makes: 3 to 4 servings

This Citrus Mandarins and fresh pineapple are a perfect tropical-inspired pair, with subtle coconut flavors and a secret dose of veggies. This smoothie is topped with coconut and oranges, for an absolutely dreamy and creamy morning treat.

Smoothies are such a great option for a nourishing and energizing breakfast, with endless possibilities for flavor combinations and toppings. It’s always fun and delicious to add a variety of fruits, plus some veggies to balance out the sweetness and nutrients. The optional plant-based protein powder adds both flavor and (of course!) protein to make you feel full for longer. So whether it’s hot or cold weather in your corner of the world, smoothies are always a yummy choice!

This recipe uses canned lite coconut milk for a tropical feel, but you can feel free to use a different plant milk such as soy milk, oat milk, or almond milk. The fresh pineapple can be substituted for frozen or canned pineapple. If using frozen, you can either thaw it prior to using, or add a little extra plant milk if your blender needs it.

INGREDIENTS

½ cup canned lite coconut milk (or plant milk of choice)

5 Sumo Citrus Mandarins

3 ½ cups diced fresh pineapple

½ cup frozen cauliflower

1 ½ frozen bananas

1 scoop vanilla protein powder, optional

¼ to 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS


To a high-speed blender, add coconut milk. Slice 4 Sumo Citrus Mandarins in half across the middle. Squeeze juice into blender, scraping out orange flesh into blender also. Add pineapple, cauliflower, frozen bananas, and protein powder if using. Blend well until smooth.

Remove peel from remaining Sumo Citrus Mandarin and either dice or separate into segments. Pour smoothie into glasses and top with orange pieces and coconut flakes.

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MORIR SOÑANDO (MILK AND ORANGE JUICE DRINK) Recipe

Morir Soñando (milk and orange juice drink), a marvelous caribbian beverage that should be the official drink of the summer. It’s a very easy recipe too, you could be enjoying this in no time!

The silky combination of milk and the refreshing orange taste is what dreams are made of. Morir Soñando is the perfect drink to refresh and nourish.

Morir Soñando is a uniquely-caribbian islands staple The name at least is (Orange Julius is a similar drink with a much less poetic name. I haven’t been able to track the origin of the drink, or how it came to acquire the name, but it’s clear that it has existed for generations in the Dominican Republic and Caribbean islands –or at least as long as we’ve had refrigeration.

MYTHS

There’s an old wives’ tale that says that people shouldn’t drink milk and orange juice together. Morir Soñando proves it wrong.

TOP TIPS

Without the special order of preparation specified in the recipe, the mix will curdle. Having all the ingredients cold before mixing is the trick. Sugar has nothing to do with it.

Morir Soñando is usually served as a dinner drink or a mid-afternoon snack. As a bonus to the thirst-quenching, heat-busting goodness of this drink, it is also very nutritious, and perfect as a snack for the little ones.

ABOUT THE RECIPE

There are few things you can change in Morir Soñando, it is a drink of few ingredients and simple preparation. Even so, different homes may have different versions.

Something we have done with our recipe is to offer a few changes that you can make to adapt it to some special diets. Yes, you can make a vegan Morir Soñando, and likewise a dairy-free one. And if you are looking to reduce your sugar consumption, we also offer you information on how to do it. It is important to remember that these changes will change the taste, but not so much that you can not enjoy a glass of ice-cold Morir Soñando.

Ingredients

4 cup evaporated milk

¾ cup sugar (brown granulated), (optional may not use it all)

1 tablespoon clear vanilla extract, (optional)

2 cup of ice cubes, (may be crushed ice)

2 ½ cup orange juice, (best fresh)

INSTRUCTIONS 

Chill milk. Add sugar to milk to taste. Stir in vanilla. Add ice and stir. Pour in the orange juice and stir.

Serve immediately. Enjoy!

TIPS AND NOTES

The trick for the milk not to curdle is keeping the milk (and the whole drink afterward) at a very low temperature.

How to make morir soñando de limón (and other fruits)

Other less-common options include using lime juice (half the amount of the orange juice) or passion fruit juice (same amount as orange juice.

Low-carb morir soñando for diabetics

Diabetics or those on low-carb diets take note, you can skip the sugar or go low on sugar.

Low-fat morir soñando

If you are mindful of your fat consumption try  low-fat, the taste is slightly different but it works just fine. 

Vegan morir soñando

If you are a vegan, you can use almond milk instead of regular milk, the taste is different, but it still is very delicious.

If you tried this recipe let me know!

Maria J 💜 – The Naturally Blooming

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