Banana Brownie Bites | A Raw Dessert

Why did the banana go out with the prune?

Because he couldn’t find a date!

(But don’t you worry dearie, we’re saving ol’ buddy banana from this tragedy today. ;))

Both ice cream and brownies are yummilicious alone, but pair ‘em up and you’ve got a power couple in the house. And, oh baby, I am STARSTRUCK!

Plus matchmaking is just so fun, especially when you invite these sexy mamacitas in: pecans, pistachios, ginger, and chocolate of course…

I’m in a goofy mood today, but aren’t those just the best of days? When you let yourself be silly and free and stop worrying about what the world might think of you?

I’ve been blowing big, glittery bubbles made from dish soap, rolling ‘round grassy hills like an overexcited puppy, and squealing through pillow fights with my boyfriend. I walk around campus with leaves in my hair and a big, sappy grin plastered to my face, and I can honestly say that I wouldn’t want to live any other way!

So join me in this bliss, will you? Take a big ol’ bite of delicious life (with extra sprinkles on top) and lick the icing off your fingers!

Happy living!! :D

INGREDIENTS (makes 1 full baking sheet):

Brownie Bliss:

  • 3 cups pecans
  • 2 cups dates
  • ¼ cup carob powder
  • ¼ cup pistachios
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup shredded coconuts

Ginger Ice Cream:

  • 6 large bananas, frozen
  • 2 slices ginger (to taste)
  • few drops vanilla (optional)
  • glee!

**Note: I buy bananas overripe at my co-op because they’re always on sale. I peel, chop and freeze them immediately in little containers. Perfect to have ready for smoothies and ice cream!

DIRECTIONS:

For brownies: Grind up dates in food processor. Add pecans, pistachios, carob powder, maple syrup, shredded coconuts and mix till even.

Spread onto paper or foil-covered baking sheet. Use another sheet of paper to smooth overtop if desired. Refrigerate. Do a happy dance.

For ice cream: Blend frozen bananas in food processor till creamy. Add ginger and a few drops of vanilla if desired. Scoop generously onto brownies.

Indulge, darlings! Live freely. Giggle gleefully. Bless your beautiful hearts. <3

cookies

Raw Vegan Ice Cream Cookies

Icy treats remind me of carefree childhood: the tinker-tinkle of ice cream trucks, the lazy hazy days of innocent indulgence. My family would always trek trails to the old ice cream stand, swinging hands and singing at the top of our lungs.

I wanted to re-create creamy bliss the natural way with mama earth’s sweet goodness. When I made these last night, my boyfriend and roomie fought to lick the bowl. When I woke up this morning, two cookies had mysteriously disappeared. When I came home from yoga, another two had gone missing. I think that means the recipe is worth sharing!

INGREDIENTS (makes approx. 10 cookies):

Chocolate layer:

  • 2 overripe organic bananas
  • 1 organic avocado
  • 1 cups organic dates
  • 1 tbsp carob powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
  • 1 cup pistachios (optional)
  • Optional stevia to taste (for extra sweetness)

Strawberry layer:

  • 1 overripe organic banana
  • 1 organic avocado
  • 1 cup ripe organic strawberries
  • 1 cup organic dates
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
  • Optional stevia to taste

Garnish (optional):

  • Unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Gogi Berries

DIRECTIONS:

*Note: I’ve included two flavours, but one is just as delicious on its own. Get creative with new blends (mint, nuts, etc.). I’d love to hear what works for you!

Chocolate layer: Whip up bananas & dates in food processor till creamy. Transfer to mixing bowl and stir in carob powder, cinnamon, coconut & pistachios till evenly blended. Add stevia if desired (personally I find this recipe sweet enough alone).

Spoon happy round chocolate blobs onto an aluminum foil-covered baking pan or large plate. Freeze immediately.

Strawberry layer: Throw bananas, strawberries & dates in food processor. Mix in chia seeds for extra nutritional punch. Take chocolate layer out of freezer & pour strawberry layer overtop each cookie to cover completely.

Sprinkle with coconutty bliss & arrange baby gogis on top with love. Freeze overnight & enjoy!

Wishing you days full of YUM!! <3

Love, Sufey