Ok, so this first one... let's just say I wasn't expecting it to taste all that great after I made it - it looked kind of off. BUT, contrary to my expectations... WOW. It had that flavour of sweet, sweet fruit. Seriously, this is good stuff.
Adapted from Sweet Healthy Living
Part 1, the fruit: Mix together 1/4 cup chopped frozen strawberries, 1/4 cup chopped frozen bananas, 2 tsp chia seeds, a drizzle of maple syrup, a dash of cinnamon, and a dash of dried ginger. Let sit in the fridge for several hours to thicken.
Part 2, the whipped cream (more than needed): blend 1 pear (ripe, cored, peeled, roughly chopped), 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce, 1/3 cup raw cashews, a dash of dried ginger, 2 dates, 1 tbsp vanilla extract, and 1/2 tsp xanthan gum.
When you are ready to serve, top the fruit with the cream, and sprinkle with granola (I just used store-bought). Mix together.
And now for the cookies and such...
The newcomers here are...
The white blob on the bottom is cookie dough from Chockolawtay. I halved the recipe, skipped the protein powder, butter extract, coconut extract, rice flour, and vanilla paste. I added vanilla extract and rum extract, and used baking blend stevia for the sweetener. Big hit!
The chocolate to the right of the cookie dough is red velvet fudge from Foodie Fiasco.. although, obviously, not so red. I opted to use banana, and thought these also turned out excellent. Zapping in the microwave is not optional, trust me.
On the veeery right of my plate was some banana-pistachio bread. Yuuum! Straight from Boy and the Rabbit, only I skipped the frosting and added the pistachios straight into the bread. Hey, that worked too...
The cookies on the left are pumpkin oatmeal. I wasn't too impressed with them - rather flavourless, actually.