Last year,before I started my own blog, I religiously read 4 blogs: Oh She Glows, Daily Garnish, PeanutButterRunner & Healthful Pursuit. I was drawn to these blog in particular because they all seemed so approachable and I looked forward to start off each day with catching up on their latest posts over a big bowl of oatmeal. Recently, Leanne of Healthful Pursuit gave me a sneak peak of her new Dessert Freedom Recipe Guide and I was floored. Her recipes are always incredibly unique, healthy and full of new flavors and ingredients that I love trying. Not only does her Recipe Guide include 20 new dessert recipes but she also shares 20 health-promoting techniques to help you conquer your cravings and embrace your allergies. All of her recipes are egg, wheat, gluten, grain, refined sugar, dairy, corn, soy and peanut free!
In celebration of her new guide I'm sharing one of her perfect light summer treats - Vegan Banana Split Popsicles!
- 3 over-ripe bananas, broken into pieces
- ¼ cup non-dairy milk – I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 12 strawberries, hulled and halved
- ¼ cup dairy-free chocolate chips
- ¼ section of a fresh pineapple, diced (yield ~1/3 cup)
- 10 cherries, halved with pits removed
- If using a popsicle mold that requires wooden sticks, soak in cool water for 5 minutes before using. She used these popsicle molds.
- Place banana pieces and milk in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass with a spout and set aside.
- Place strawberry halves in the blender and pulse just until broken down but not smooth. Place into a dish and set aside.
- Get to layering your popsicles! Begin with a tablespoon or so of banana puree, followed by 4-5 chocolate chips, divide the pulsed strawberries between molds, top with diced pineapple and press the pineapple down slightly so that it’s flat in the mold. Follow this by 2 cherry halves, then top with remaining banana puree.
- Tap the popsicle mold on the counter a couple of times to release bubbles throughout the mold. Top with additional banana puree if needed.
- Slide the soaked sticks into the prepared molds and stick in the freezer for at least 12 hours or better yet, overnight.
- To remove popsicles, run molds under hot water for a couple of seconds and wiggle out.
Don't they just look divine?! I'm such a sucker for popsicles! You can view their full nutritional information here. If you'd like to learn more about her guide, please check out her information page. You can see a small preview of one of the recipes below. I was blown away by how professional it looks, the quality of the photography and the useful tips she included to help indulge in desserts in such a healthy manner.
What is your favorite healthy dessert?