Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream | Simple & Healthy Dessert

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream | Simple & Healthy Dessert | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

You’ve seen it on Pinterest.  You’ve heard about it from that health nut you know.  But you’ve never tried it.  Or at least that was me.  Until now.

Seriously people?  Frozen bananas blended into ice cream?  It’s like kale chips.  Ok, but not as good as the real thing {except they are too sometimes…maybe I’m becoming one of those health nuts…}.  So I had to try it for myself.  Out of necessity really.  The kiddo eats bananas every morning and I had a couple leftover two weeks in a row, so I cut them up into small chunks and threw them in a bag in the freezer.  And then I had to do something with them, right?

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream | Simple & Healthy Dessert | Little Kitchen, Big Bites Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream | Simple & Healthy Dessert | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

But this was so good, guys.  I couldn’t even believe it.  It’s creamy and light and delicious and tastes just like ice cream.  If I didn’t know any better, I would think that it was the real thing.  And the toddler thinks it is!  She really believes it!  This stuff is kid friendly to the max.

For one thing, it was such a fun thing and simple thing for us to make together.  As I get further along in this pregnancy, I treasure my time with my little princess more and more.  We have such fun days of being *just the two of us* and I know that everything is going to change {for the better} once her brother gets here.  But I want to give her as much special time as possible for the time being.  And what can be better than making ice cream together?

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream | Simple & Healthy Dessert | Little Kitchen, Big Bites Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream | Simple & Healthy Dessert | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

And on the less sweet and sparkly side of things, let’s talk about this kid and sugar.  In small portions we’re good {thus the tiny amount of chocolate chips spread among several servings}.  But a whole scoop of ice cream?  Well, let’s say she has a really adorable super awesome sugar high where she just wants to run around and giggle.  It lasts 30 minutes, tops.  And then there’s the crash.  Which can last several hours.  And several tantrums.  And lots of tears.  It’s the worst.  So we’re limiting crazy amounts of sugar for her in our house.

And let me be clear, this stuff would still be awesome without the chocolate.  It’s just a delicious little special treat to bite into those little chunks, but it would make a awesome peanut butter ice cream and then you’re taking out more of the sugar if that’s your jam.  That might be our next round.

I think there will be several iterations of this to come.  My brain is already spinning with ideas of what I can put in next time.  My only regret is that I didn’t try these earlier in the summer!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream | Simple & Healthy Dessert | Little Kitchen, Big Bites Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream | Simple & Healthy Dessert | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream | Only 3 Ingredients
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 3-4
 
Ingredients
  • 3-4 bananas, cut into small pieces and frozen
  • 2 T peanut butter
  • 1-2 T chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until combined and creamy.
  2. Top with additional chocolate chips if desired.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream | Simple & Healthy Dessert | Little Kitchen, Big Bites
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream | Simple & Healthy Dessert | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Here Comes The Lunchbox | Snacking Right with Horizon Organic

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Guys, in about a month, my sweet baby girl, my first child, will be starting preschool.  She’s practically leaving for college and then walking down the aisle.  Here comes the bride is ringing in my ears.  There will be tears.

Ok, I’m being a little dramatic.  But my sweet princess and I will be starting a mommy and me program that will transition into a drop off at the preschool where she will learn and grow for the next several years.  So she’s not leaving me to go off to school or get married, but let’s not lie, there will still be tears.  If for no other reason than the fact that I’m going to be ready-to-pop-pregnant when we start this whole thing.  The hormones are real, people.

Here Comes The Lunchbox | Snacking Right with Horizon Organic

She’s my first kid, so I’ve always been really conscious of giving her wholesome foods and snacks to fuel her through the day, and I’m already trying to figure out what will be in that snack bag on her first day alone {she’ll still be home for me by lunchtime}.  Most of what she gets are cut up fruits and veggies.  Strawberries, grapes, blueberries, apples, oranges, carrots and bell peppers are some of the favorites around here.  But I know that when I eventually send her off on her own, those shiny snack packs that the other kids have will look quite tempting.  And on top of that, once baby number two arrives, I’m going to be less willing to chop up a ton fruits and veggies every. single. morning.

So I’m so excited that I found the Horizon Snack line, that can fuel her with wholesome, organic ingredients for all of her learning and play time, in a convenient little package that requires zero work from mama.  I can feel good about giving her these snacks, and goodness knows she feels good about eating them.

Here Comes The Lunchbox | Snacking Right with Horizon Organic

We brought home the Horizon Organic Snack Grahams the other day, and her eyes lit up when she just saw the packaging {we also love their milk boxes for an easy alternative to sodas or junky juices, so she’s seen that happy dairy cow logo before}.  She devoured them, and the first words out of her mouth were “I want some more, please.”  At least she said please.  And I’m cool with giving her more, because with whole grain, organic ingredients, it’s ok for her to fuel her little body with for all of the imagination and fun that she comes up with every day.

Here Comes The Lunchbox | Snacking Right with Horizon Organic

Well, mostly.  When we were taking these pictures, she may or may not have run away from me with the box and tried to hide so she could devour the whole thing.  Everything in moderation.  I also had to share the unfiltered, bedheaded pictures of this kid trying these crackers for the first time.  She kills me.

Here Comes The Lunchbox | Snacking Right with Horizon Organic

And if you check them out twitter or pinterest, they have some incredible looking recipes to make with their awesome products {and you all know how I love me some good Pinterest recipes}. So when I do have some extra time, I can be in the kitchen making something she’s sure to love with her favorite snacks.

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So, as the summer comes to a close, this tired pregnant mama is thrilled to have these snack grahams, and all of the other fabulous snacks that Horizon Organic has created, to supplement all of the chopping of fruits and veggies and to still give my toddler the energy that she needs to thrive.  She needs it now for the swim lessons, ballet classes, and play dates, and she’s really going to need it next month when she walks into her preschool to expand that sweet little mind for the very first time.  Cue the tears.

To learn more about Horizon Organic Snack Line, including products, recipe ideas and more fun, check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

Here Comes The Lunchbox | Snacking Right with Horizon Organic

This conversation is sponsored by Horizon. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Simple Green Smoothie

Can you believe Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away???  Me neither.  Time is flying by and they’re starting to play Christmas song on the local radio stations and I’m feeling al warm and fuzzy inside.  It’s almost the holidays…time to eat, drink and be merry!  Time for festive foods, delectable desserts, calorie heavy cocktails and more!  And yet, no one wants to have a Santa gut come January 1.

I tried a sugar cleanse a few weeks ago.  All I ate was vegetables, lean protein, and some fruit in these green smoothies.  No sugar, no alcohol, no caffeine.  I thought I was going to die.  But it actually wasn’t half bad.  Since I finished, I’m back to the dark chocolate covered pretzels {so continues my love hate relationship with Trader Joes} and wine, but we’ve remained relatively healthy in our meals and instead of constant snacking, I try to have one of these bad boys first.  It’s a great way to fill your stomach with something good instead of stuffing it full of the aforementioned pretzels.

Simple Green Smoothie | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

 

If you’re trying to enjoy the calories without packing on the pounds, give this one a try.  It’s actually delicious enough that my kiddo thinks that it’s a treat.  I give her some before adding the protein powder, which is actually not necessary unless you want to beef it up a little.  You can add other fruits, use kale instead of or in addition to spinach or whatever you’d like!  Get creative!  The important thing is that you’re drinking your greens with some fruit for the yummy factor.

You can also check out my healthy recipe index for more yummy and slim ideas!

 

Simple Green Smoothie
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Recipe type: Smoothie
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 3 smoothies
 
Ingredients
  • 2 apples
  • 1 pear
  • 1 handful of grapes
  • 4-5 frozen strawberries
  • 3-4 cups spinach
  • Water to fill
  • 1 scoop protein powder, if desired
  • Ice, if desired for added thickness
Instructions
  1. Add all fruit into the blender.
  2. Top with spinach (I usually just fill whatever space is left)
  3. Fill with water half way up
  4. Add ice if desired
  5. Add protein powder on top if desired
  6. Blend until smooth

 

 

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