All Fruit Blueberry Sorbet

All Fruit Blueberry Sorbet is my super healthy solution to those “I have to have ice cream right now” situations. Just fruit (and a little splash of something special) means no sugar…and so you can pour as much chocolate sauce on top as you want! 

Blueberry Sorbet // treatswithatwist.com

Thank you for your patience! I tried to post this recipe for you yesterday, but I was caught in an ice storm in my attempt to drive back home from a weekend away…I spent the night in the half-way zone and made it home safely this morning. So now you get sorbet. I realize this may seem crazy since it is icy and snowy out, but I’m an ice cream an sorbet girl in any weather. 

Blueberry Sorbet! So, this sorbet is made from ALL fruit (ok, vodka doesn’t count). That means, no truck-loads of sugar or weird smoothing gums or whathaveyou. Just blueberries, bananas, a splash of lemon juice (to keep it bright tasting and the color from browning), and that sneaky dash of vodka to keep it creamy and scoopable. And because it is made of all fruit, feel free to douse it in chocolate sauce or warm peanut butter.

This is way more than a guilt-filled dessert. Because seriously, it’s just fruit.

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Blueberry Sorbet // treatswithatwist.com

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I think the best part is that I made it in a blender and then put it in an ice cream carton to freeze for later. You can eat it right away, but if you put it in the freezer for later, let it sit out for a couple minutes so its perfectly scoopable (the vodka helps SO much with this, so you’re not left with a brick of sorbet).

I used my Twister Jar for my Blendtec* while blending this and it made it SO creamy and smooth without me having to scrape down the sides at all. But if you don’t have a Blendtec, that’s totally fine too! Just make sure you stop and scrape down the sides of your blender a few times so the fruit gets creamy. 

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This is one of my favorite new recipes for dessert or just for getting your fruit servings in. Enjoy! 

All Fruit Blueberry Sorbet
All Fruit Blueberry Sorbet is my super healthy solution to those "I have to have ice cream right now" situations. Just fruit (and a little splash of something special) means no sugar...and so you can pour as much chocolate sauce on top as you want! (makes a scant pint)
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Ingredients
  1. 2 overripe large bananas, frozen*
  2. 1 cup frozen blueberries
  3. juice of ½ a lemon
  4. ½ tsp. vodka
Instructions
  1. Combine the bananas, blueberries and lemon juice in a high-powered blender (I used the Twister Jar of my Blendtec, but this is not necessary). Set your blender on “ice cream” and let it run the cycle; or blend on a high speed until smooth (you may need to stop the blender and scrape it down several times).
  2. When the sorbet is smooth, add the vodka and pulse a few times to distribute.
  3. Serve it right now or scoop into an ice cream container to freeze and eat later. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. *to freeze your bananas: peel and break into chunks then freeze in an airtight bag
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Healthier Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and I know you have chocolate on your mind! I do too, in a BIG way! So here are my favorite Healthier Valentine’s Day Treats so you can indulge and enjoy the holiday (whether that means alone with a chick flick or with your sweetie). From breakfast to dessert, I’ve got ya covered! 

 

Dark Chocolate Red Wine Truffles

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Flourless Double Chocolate Chewy Cookies

Flourless Double Chocolate Chewy Cookies / treatswithatwist.com

 

Cocoa Maca Porridge

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Coconut Hot Chocolate 

Coconut Hot Chocolate (treatswithatwist.com)

 

 

Dark Chocolate Blended Chia Pudding 

Chocolate Blended Chia Pudding // treatswithatwist.com

 

Pistachio Chocolate Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream

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Decadent Waffles With Strawberries and Mascarpone 

Strawberry Mascarpone Waffles // treatswithatwist.com

I know, whatever you make that day, your sweetheart is going to love it! 

xxoo 

 

My Favorite Superbowl Eats!

I’m sharing My Favorite Superbowl Eats! You can have pizza, Chex mixes, cookies and ice cream without feeling guilty or gorged-out! Hooray! Go team! 

 

The Superbowl is a holiday, for sure, in my house! In fact, my husband admitted when we started dating that I was more into the Superbowl than he was. Case in point, my enthusiasm last year.

My dad and I bet on the Superbowl every year. And its one of those things that ends up being brought up in conversation for MONTHS after the Superbowl is long forgotten. Who won George? Ugh, I hate losing.

So! I am not divulging my pick for the winner this year. That will be my own personal internal hurricane to enjoy. I WILL, however, share with you my Favorite Superbowl Eats!

It’s all about the food, right?! Salty, sweet, fatty, greasy…

Well, we can do that in the right way. I’ve got pizza, snack mix and cookies for you!

  Plantain Crust Pizza (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree

Plantain Crust Pizza – my plantain pizza is the BOMB. The crust is made from just two ingredients plus seasonings. Then top it how you like it! My extended family have all tested it in their own homes and continue to send me texts and pictures every time they make it! My husband loves that he can eat the entire pizza and not feel like a total pig. I love that I can eat as much of it as I want with zero guilt…and still have dessert!

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Chex mixes! Chex mix is always present at my family’s celebrations. Handful after handful, this is always a winner. I have a couple kinds for you to graze on!

1. Honey BBQ Chex Party Mix 

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 2. Honey Nut Chex Mix 

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Cookies! No Bake Halva Cookie Bites are my latest obsession. I love that I can eat a couple, feel satisfied and oh-so-happy and a sick, over sugared tummy never results. 

No Bake Halva Cookie Bites // treatswithatwist.com // #glutenfree

 

Need some ice cream to go with those cookies?! Of course you do! I’ve made ice cream in the BLENDER for you! Pistachio Chocolate Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream (yes, dairy free!). 

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Ok! Now what are YOU making for the Superbowl?! 

Pistachio Chocolate Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Pistachio Chocolate Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream is the perfect dessert for these crazy sunny winter days (I’m definitely daydreaming about Springtime). Coconut Milk ice cream is dairy-free and made simply, quickly in a Blendtec blender! Salty pistachios combine with rich dark chocolate in a cardamom-spiced  coconut milk ice cream. 

Pistachio Chocolate Chip Coconut Ice Cream  // treatswithatwist.com

Is it super sunny where you are? I swear I was wearing shorts yesterday! In January! Isn’t that crazy?! Are you getting what I’m getting at…?

Ice cream in January is an amazing idea. I’m not one of those people that can only have ice cream in the dead of summer and I’m guessing you’re not either. I’m sure you’re slowly mixing a hot chocolate and thinking, “I wish this was ice cream…but I won’t admit that out loud…”

Well, I’ve done it for you!

And making this ice cream is SO easy, you’ll be making it everyday. You can totally blame me for that.

I made this incredible Pistachio Chocolate Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream in a Blendtec 725 blender! Trying out this blender has been such a fun adventure! I love that it has a touch screen! You can select from preset cycles like Whole Juice, Salsa, Ice Cream, Dry Grinding, Hot Soup, or the Clean cycle, OR you can control the sliding panel and choose your own speed (or pulse!). And because it has the “Wild Side+” jar, which is a flat extra side, you don’t need a plunger to push down ingredients into the blade.

I also have the Twister Jar. I just have to say, this is SO cool. It’s a smaller jar attachment for the blender that has little scraping twisting blades coming from the lid so you can make really thick things, like nut butters, without constantly stopping your blender and scraping down the sides! Trust me, as someone who has other “professional” blenders and equipment and makes her own nut butters, this is amazing. 

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Back to the ice cream! This ice cream is made totally from coconut milk (the real, full fat, unsweetened stuff in the can, not a carton). It’s smooth and creamy and so delicious. It is sweetened with coconut sugar (keeping with the theme) which gives it a golden caramel color and makes the ice cream subtly sweet without spiking your blood sugar. It is lightly flavored with cardamom and vanilla, then studded with chips of dark chocolate, pistachios, and toasted coconut. The healthy fats, antioxidants, and decadent flavors will keep you satisfied and rock your taste-buds!

There’s a trick to making ice cream in the blender, and the Blendtec specifically. You need to freeze your coconut milk in an ice cube mold. Then only add minimal liquid to it when you’re blending (no more than 3 Tbs). The Blendtec will whip it all up into a soft-serve consistency! [Trust me, I made this recipe 3 times before I got it right, always adding too much extra coconut milk or coconut cream to the blender, resulting in just a bunch of milkshake…tastes good but totally not what I wanted. Minimal liquid = ice cream.]

Then, you stir in any add-ins [I pulsed chocolate and pistachios in the blender before I started] and either eat it right there or put it in the freezer to freeze up a bit.

Secret ingredient? Vodka! Trust me. Stirring in ½ tsp. of vodka keeps this coconut milk ice cream scoopable. If you don’t add it, your ice cream will freeze into a brick (no bueno). The flavor is 100% undetectable. If you’re just plain uncomfortable with it, try adding 1 tsp of a starch (like corn starch or tapioca starch) to the ingredients in the blender when it is blending. But it won’t work as well. I’m not a huge drinker (ie I’m all about the wine) so I bought one of those tiny airplane sized bottles of Vodka just for this, that way I’m not left with a huge bottle at the end of the day.

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I can’t wait to hear what you think of this ice cream after you’ve made it! It’s a definite favorite in my house!

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Pistachio Chocolate Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream
Pistachio Chocolate Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream is the perfect dessert for these crazy sunny winter days (I'm definitely daydreaming about Springtime). Coconut Milk ice cream is dairy-free and made simply, quickly in a Blendtec blender! Salty pistachios combine with rich dark chocolate in a cardamom-spiced coconut milk ice cream. (makes 1 pint)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 (12.5 oz) can coconut milk (full fat, unsweetened)
  2. ½ cup coconut sugar
  3. ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  4. ¼ tsp. ground cardamom
  5. ½ tsp. vodka*
  6. 3 Tbs. dark chocolate (chips or bar)
  7. 3 Tbs. roasted, salted pistachios
  8. 1 Tbs. unsweetened coconut, toasted
Instructions
  1. PREP: Shake your can of coconut milk vigorously for 30 seconds. Open the can and pour the contents into 1 ice cube tray (if your tray doesn’t have a cover, try lightly covering with plastic wrap). You’ll have about 1/3 cup of coconut milk leftover. Put the tray into your freezer and the leftover milk into the fridge. Freeze for at least 4 hours, until solid.
  2. In your Blendtec, pulse (individually or together) the chocolate and pistachios until broken into small pieces. Set aside. Rinse out your blender or put it through the “cleaning” cycle. Dry your blender jar.
  3. In your Blendtec blender, combine the frozen coconut milk cubes, coconut sugar, vanilla, cardamom and 2 Tbs. of the remaining coconut milk. Press the “Ice Cream” setting and let it all blend together (this is so quick! It will quickly whip it all into ice cream!).
  4. When the cycle stops, you have your base! It should be the consistency of soft serve (or like the popular “Frosty” consistency). Add the dark chocolate pieces and pistachio pieces, toasted coconut, and the ½ tsp. of vodka. Stir with a spatula to distribute.
  5. Pour it into an ice cream container (or line a loaf pan with plastic wrap, pour the ice cream into the loaf pan, then wrap really well with several layers of plastic wrap) and freeze for 2 more hours, until slightly more solid. It’s ready! Serve it up!
  6. Clean your Blendtec blender jar by putting it through the “Clean cycle”.
Notes
  1. Note: If you like more solid ice cream, freeze the finished ice cream for 4 hours or overnight.
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My Favorite Winter Treats

December seems to be flashing before my eyes! So, to keep you filled in on the amazing treats that flashed by in November and December, I’m going to share with you My Favorite Winter Treats. Hopefully this helps you figure out a few breakfasts, snacks, desserts and gifts! 

 

My Honey Apple Cake with Salted Vanilla Bean Cashew Frosting is a real showstopper! You’d never guess how simple it is! 

Honey Apple Cake (treatswithatwist.com)

 

 

Pumpkin Rosemary Spoon Bread is like grits souffle! This is a simple, throw-together side dish for your dinner table. 

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Pie but WAY easier! Apple Galette with a buckwheat crust is a sweet and beautiful gluten free treat!

Apple Galette (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree #apple

 

Hot Honey Vanilla Bourbon Peanut Butter Nightcap! This drink will totally blow your love of hot cocoa out of the water. Maybe it’s the bourbon… 

Hot Honey Vanilla PB Bourbon Nightcap (treatswithatwist.com) If you need more drinks (who doesn’t?!) then I have a roundup of the internet’s best hot drinks too. 

Pecan Pie Banana Bread is like when pecan pie and grandma’s banana bread collide! So crazy good. 

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Need some pancakes? Just for you? Persimmon Pancakes for one are the solution! Cardamom and vanilla highlight that beautiful slice of persimmon cooked right into the pancake. 

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I made you LOADS of oatmeal cookies! With a joke built into the name. Because I’m funny. Kinda. It’s my “Today Is…” Cookie, and it’s loaded with currants, dates (get it?) and peanut butter chips! 

Today Is... Cookie (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree #holidaybaking

 

 

I die for pie! My Maple and Spice Pumpkin Pie with Gingersnap Crust is super simple (I’m pie inept, trust me), thick, sweet and so perfect for your holiday table! 

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Then I made you these Ultimate Peppermint Bark Cookies because I love you. Remember? Good. They’re loaded with peppermint bark AND those gluten-free Peppermint Joe Joe’s you tend to shovel down around this time of year. Oh, and sea salt. You’re welcome.  Ultimate Peppermint Bark Cookies 2

 

I hope this helps! I’ve loved making these wintery treats and I can’t stand that Christmastime is already almost over. I can’t wait to share with you all of the thoughts I’ve been having about 2015. No, not resolutions. Those suck. Just you wait. 

Need another super simple gift idea? Check this out. High fives for that. 

What is your FAVORITE treat to eat this time of year? Which of these would you like to try the most?! May I suggest: the Persimmon Pancakes for breakfast (greedily, while your hubby sleeps…), then snack on the Pecan Pie Banana Bread, then my Today Is Cookie for a dose of fiber around snack time, and then Ultimate Peppermint Bark Cookies for dessert while you’re baking your Maple and Spice Pumpkin Pie. There. Best day ever.