Peanut Butter: A Love Story
You can probably guess by the name of this site that I freakin love peanut butter. The good ole pb has me under its spell. In the words of Tracy Jordan,
Peanut butter is rich, comforting, wholesome, soft yet sturdy, gets along with everything but does fine on its own, and always makes me smile. Isn’t that what everyone is looking for in a life partner?
However, as amazing as this jar of heaven is to my taste buds, it’s not as nice to the rest of my body.
Oh, love is never simple, is it? Especially the desserts we find this delectable ingredient in, aren’t they always the heaviest, fattiest, most wonderfully regrettable morsels you can possibly dream of?
Well, I am happy to say that I have finally come across a solution that allows us to enjoy our peanut buttery dessert without compromise of richness or flavor. Readers, I have found powdered peanut butter:
While it doesn’t take place of the original creamy or crunchy varieties, it does quite well in many desserts and toppings. It’s a measly 45 calories per 2 T (compared to 200 calories of the creamy), and it packs a whopper of a peanutty flavor!
So with this, I would like to share with you my favorite new dessert to make, that I don’t yet have a snappy name for (“yummm” is the only thing my friends and I can say when we eat it). It’s simple, smooth, rich, and delicious. It takes the form of a thick, rich, soft ice cream feel, infused with peanut butter and chocolate wonders. Not only guilt-free, but, dare I say, healthy?! Yes please!
Completely Guilt Free (and Healthy!) PB-Chocolate-Banana Dessert (Needs a Better Name)
- Food processor or blender (I recommend food processor)
- A measuring cup
- Measuring spoons
- Rubber spatula
- 3 frozen bananas, peeled and sliced
- ¼ c dark chocolate (either 2 large squares of a chocolate bar, or ¼ c of chocolate chips)
- 1 T cocoa powder (more if you wish!)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 T peanut butter (I recommend powdered pb. Follow instructions on package.)
Side note: I am moving this week, so apologies for the pics featuring the red Solo bowls.
- In your food processor, add dark chocolate and pulse a few times.
- Add frozen banana to the food processor, and blend for 10 seconds.
- If you are using dry peanut butter, prepare according to directions. The ratio should be 2T dry pb to 1T water.
- Add the remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth. Keep an eye on your mixture for desired consistency: you are aiming for froyo/soft ice cream, not a liquid. Or maybe you are. I can’t read your mind.