PB, Chocolate, & Banana Popsicles {Vegan, No Sugar Added}

How many chocolate recipe have I posted in a row now… three? Four? Sigh. Not that I think you guys mind, but a little variety would be nice, huh? I promise that my next post will feature a different ingredient.

But first, these popsicles….

They’re basically the popsicle form of a healthy, easy, and delicious dessert I’ve been making for years: peanut butter & chocolate banana soft serve (frozen banana, peanut butter, cocoa powder, and a bit of milk tossed into the food processor and blended until smooth).

They’re fudgy, creamy, and decadent-tasting without any added sugar or dairy. Kids and adults alike love them, and they couldn’t be easier or quicker to whip up.

One more look at this chocolatey goodness before we move on to something else!

 

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PB, Chocolate, & Banana Popsicles {Vegan, No Sugar Added}

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Ingredients (8 popsicles)

  • 4 medium-sized overripe bananas (the skins should be mostly brown)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened natural smooth peanut butter, (the only ingredients should be peanuts and salt), preferably organic
  • 1/2 cup nondairy milk of choice (I used cashew milk)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until very smooth.

Pour into popsicle molds, insert popsicle sticks (the mixture should be thick enough for the sticks to stand upright), and place in freezer for at least 4 hours.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding and Banana Cream Parfaits {No-Cook, Vegan}

If you’re reading this post, that must mean that you haven’t given up on me despite my sporadic posting as of late; and for that, I wholeheartedly thank you! Life is happily crazy with two kiddos, and I am having difficulty finding time to devote to the blog. Nevertheless, I’m not giving up developing recipes and sharing them with you, so please stay tuned for more posts in the coming weeks!

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So. These parfaits. We’re in the middle of a few day heat wave here in Massachusetts, and I’m mostly gorging on an abundance of fresh summer fruit… but chocolate hath no season, (neither do bananas, for that matter), so these parfaits are perfect any time of year. The dark layer is a rich chocolate peanut butter avocado pudding, and the light layer is a luscious banana “cream” made from cashews.

Obviously the flavor combination is a win, but what also works beautifully together is the dense texture of the pudding juxtaposed with the airy “whipped” consistency of the cream. Neither layer is overly sweet, which allows you to actually taste the flavors in each component.

An added bonus is that these parfaits require zero cooking! All you need are a good blender and food processor, and you’re set to go. Just grab a spoon, and dig in!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding and Banana Cream Parfaits {No-Cook, Vegan}

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Ingredients (4 servings)

    For the chocolate peanut butter pudding:

    • 1 medium-sized ripe Hass avocado, (it should have black skin & yield slightly when gently squeezed), peeled & pitted
    • 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup
    • 3 Tbsp smooth natural unsweetened peanut butter (the only ingredients should be peanuts and salt), preferably organic
    • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
    • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • tiny pinch salt
    • 2 Tbsp nondairy milk of choice

    For the banana cream:

    • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews, soaked in cold water for at least 8 hours (or 4 hours if you have a high speed blender)
    • 2 medium-sized overripe (brown-skinned) bananas, peeled
    • 1/4 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice (this is to prevent the cream from browning; even with the addition of lemon juice, discoloration may occur if the cream sits for too long)
    • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
    • 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup

    Instructions

    For the pudding:

    Place avocado, maple syrup, peanut butter, and vanilla extract into the bowl of a food processor and process until well-blended, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

    Add in the cocoa powder, salt, & milk, and process until well-combined.

    For the cream:

    Drain the soaked cashews and place in a blender along with the remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth.

    For the parfaits:

    Layer the pudding and cream into small glasses, refrigerate until chilled, and enjoy.

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