3 Nutritious Desserts to Make in Your Blender
If you're craving something sweet after dinner, you don't need to turn to desserts filled with sugar and butter. Forget the cookies, cakes, ice cream and candy. Instead, you can use your performance blender to whip up something sweet and tasty to give you your fix without all the unhealthy ingredients. Try out one of these nutritious dessert options for your next dinner party.
1. Banana 'Ice Cream'
Don't let the name confuse you, there's no ice or cream in this mix. In fact, you only need one ingredient to make this treat: frozen bananas. Despite not having sugar or dairy, this cold banana treat matches the sweetness and richness of ice cream you'd find in a sundae.
Simply peel a few ripe bananas. Cut them in thirds. Freeze them. Seal them in a FoodSaver® brand vacuum sealer bag. Then pull them out when you're ready and throw them in your food processor attachments. As you blend them, your banana will whip into a creamy mix that you'll want to scoop out and add a cherry on top of. Although, this mix doesn't have any of the negative health effects of ice cream. It even carries nutritional benefits of bananas, such as potassium and vitamin B6.
2. Vegan Avocado Pudding
To many people, pudding is characterized by the rich, creamy texture that comes from milk or heavy cream. However, if you're trying to avoid dairy, it doesn't mean that you can't have pudding at all. You can make your own vegan pudding with the help of avocado. Although avocado, like cream, still has high levels of fat, the American Heart Association explained that these green fruits can actually help lower bad cholesterol.
To make your pudding, mix 1 cup almond milk, 2 pitted and peeled avocados, 1/2 frozen banana, a teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1/3 cup maple syrup and a tablespoon of peanut butter in your performance blender. Start blending at a low speed and slowly increase until you have a pudding texture. Taste before serving and add ingredients as necessary, such as more maple syrup.
3. Frozen yogurt
Why pay by the ounce at a frozen yogurt shop when you can make as much as you would ever want in your performance blender? Here's what you'll need:
- Plain nonfat yogurt
- Frozen fruit of your choice
Mix 10 ounces of yogurt, 2 tablespoons of honey and about 4 cups of frozen fruit into your blender's food processor container. Many people use strawberries, mixed berries, cherries or banana as their main flavor. So pick whichever fruit will keep you coming back to the freezer for weeks.
Blend these ingredients until smooth. Uncover your mix and put in an additional flavor if you'd like, such as a teaspoon of lime juice or vanilla extract. Then blend again. You'll be left with a frozen, cold mix that's ready to eat or store for later. It will last for about three weeks in the freezer and is sure to impress any dinner guests. And, with only honey, fruit and yogurt, this dessert doesn't pack many calories and even carries vitamins and minerals.