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Recipe: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

This is one of my favorite desserts because it’s so easy. This weekend we had peanut butter chocolate chip, but the possibilities are endless. For Valentine’s Day I made a Cherry Garcia flavor with frozen bananas, frozen cherries, chocolate chips, and vanilla extract. We always have bananas in the freezer, just in case, but they only need to freeze for a few hours if you don’t already have a stash.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Crean

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
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Recipe type: dessert, raw, vegan
Serves: 1
 
I always keep bananas in the freezer for this exact reason. This recipe serves one. Throw in as many bananas as you'd like servings.
Ingredients
  • 1 Frozen banana
  • 1-2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 1-2 Tbsp chocolate chips (I like Enjoy Life ones, or you make raw ones)
  • 1-2 Tbsp non-dairy milk (I use almond milk, but coconut makes it very creamy also)
  • Vanilla (optional)
  • Cinnamon (optional)
Instructions
  1. Blend the banana and the milk.
  2. Add in the peanut butter, chocolate chips, and any other flavorings.

ice cream

My First Decorated Cake That Looked Like It Was Supposed To

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Let me preface this post by saying: I am *the* worst baked good decorator on the planet. I think it’s a lot of fun, but I just don’t have that skill. I can barely icing a cupcake without it looking it like someone smushed it on the floor.

Second disclaimer: This cake is completely egg/dairy free, but there is a LOT of sugar. It’s a special occasion, and we rarely ever have sugary treats in the house, but I still feel guilty for having the center of a birthday celebration be a sugary slice of cake. I stand by that there are way healthier ways to celebrate, and most of the time I try to make a more wholesome “cake” or treat. That being said, I bough a can of pressurized green frosting to create the grass of the cake. Yum, lots of artificial colors and crap. I *hate* using food coloring! Now that I’ve beaten myself up enough about it, let’s move onto the cake!

I like to make a cake a few days ahead of time and freeze it. Mostly, because it’s something I can do ahead of time and not worry about it last minute, but it also makes it easier to ice. Be sure to let it thaw completely before icing it.

I defrosted (organic) strawberries in the fridge, and sliced them up real thin for a middle layer. I was kind of nervous that it would get funky, or ruin it somehow, but it came out really good. I could’ve done a better job slicing more evenly, and then I could’ve probably added more.

I used crushed up (organic, vegan) chocolate sandwich cookies (think Oreos) for the dirt path. I put a thin strip of icing down under it to help it stick.

Then I used a can of Wilton decorating icing for the grass area. I considered dying coconut green, but I’d still be using artificial colors, and not everyone likes coconut, so I stuck with the icing. It was really, really easy to use.

The most enjoyed part of the cake was the BMX toy. The requested cake was supposed to be a “bike” cake, because my (now) 6yo just started riding his bike without training wheels. I could not find a normal bike toy anywhere, but luckily I found this at Target for 6 bucks. Despite loving anything sugary, I think this was his favorite part of the cake.

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Frozen cakes, thawed.

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Layer of mostly thawed strawberries. The bottom layer was cracking, and I used the strawberries to paste it together a little bit.

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I made sure the strawberries were on the cake with no icing underneath them, so the cake would absorb any liquid. This worked out really well. I put a thin layer of icing on top (a little bit more and more evenly then shown here).

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I iced the sides and then put a strip to hold the “dirt” on.

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Crushed up chocolate sandwich cookies, and the start of the grass.

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Finished cake, sans BMX dude.

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Super cool BMX dude.

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I used tooth picks to hold him in place on the cake. I tried to write “Happy Birthday” but the icing wasn’t as thick as the grass and just kind of dissolved. No one noticed.

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Sometimes vegan cakes don’t hold up well, and even with this one, one layer was a little more crumbly than the other, but overall it turned out great.

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Do you have any tips for decorating baked goods? Are there any more natural or healthier options out there?

Chocolate filling

Chocolate Filled Coconut Bites

I like to think of these as fake little macaroons, or Mounds bites. They’re my go-to snack when it’s 8 o’clock at night and I’m craving something sweet. They take about 5 minutes to prepare and 10-13 minutes to bake and only use 3 ingredients.

Chocolate Filled Coconut Bites

(The thing on the right is a “dirty diaper”. It’s a crescent roll filled with chocolate chips.)

Makes 16 bites.

Ingredients:

Pillsbury Crescent rolls (or store brand)

Chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life vegan chocolate chips)

shredded coconut

 Chocolate filling

Steps:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Roll out the dough. Roll each triangle into a ball and then divide that dough into two smaller balls (unless you want larger ones). You should have 16 small dough balls.

Flatten each dough ball and put a group of chocolate chips in the middle. Fold up the sides and roll into a ball again.

Roll in coconut.

Bake on an ungreased baking sheet for 10-13 minutes.

 

For a “dirty diaper” simply spread chocolate chips all along the inside of the crescent roll and roll up like you would normally.

Dirty Diaper
Dirty Diaper