Blogging for Hope: Frozen Treat

This blog post is a part of the series, Blogging for Hope which benefits the Taste of Hope event sponsored by the American Cancer Society (ACS). It’s all about sharing food ideas that are helpful in cancer prevention and for those undergoing cancer treatment. And it’s all suggested with the ACS nutritional guidelines in mind (click here to view those guidelines).  Just as a reminder- you will see a Blogging for Hope post from me every Tuesday till the event on September 24th.

Here are the past blog posts from this series:

And now, for week number four- FROZEN TREATS.

The perfect, healthy summer frozen treat (in my opinion) is whipped frozen banana. All you need is frozen banana and a blender or food proccessor! It is a good idea to add something to thicken it and I discovered that a tablespoon of cream cheese is the perfect thing to add! Not only have I made a plain banana and cream cheese variety- but I’ve tried it with cocoa powder, pecans, and raspberries. Yum. If you’re not into cream cheese, you could also use a tablespoon of your favorite nut butter. (peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, etc.)

Right before I went to Russia- I made a nut butter variety and topped it with a lovely fruit recipe that was just divine. And so I present to you…

Cashew Butter Whipped Frozen Banana Topped with Roasted Cherries

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(This recipe serves 2)

For the Whipped Frozen Banana:

  • 2 frozen bananas broken up
  • 1 tbl. cashew butter (or your choice of nut butter)
  • Cinnamon to taste
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For the record- this is my favorite kind of nut butter! No sugar or salt added.

All your going to do is pulse these three ingredients in your food processor until smooth and creamy. If you’re making this in advance and not planning on eating right away- scoop it into your bowls for later or a tupperware container. If you’re making this and planning on eating it almost immediately, divide the mixture into two bowls.

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It doesn’t take too long to get to this level! Less than a minute for sure!

For the Roasted Cherries

{I played with this recipe for Honey Balsamic Roasted Cherries}

  • 2 cups of halved and pitted cherries
  • 1 tbl. honey
  • 1 tbl. coconut oil (the original recipe uses canola or vegetable oil)
  • 1 tbl. balsamic vinegar
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One of my favorite foods of all time!

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You don’t need a cherry pitter for this recipe- but it certainly makes removing the pits a lot easier! I’m a kitchen gadget fiend.

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Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. While its warming up, whisk together the honey, vinegar, and oil until combined. Spread your halved and pitted cherries on a baking sheet and toss the cherries in this mixture. Put in the over for 20-25 minutes and be sure to stir it all up every 5-10 minutes. When the cherries get a little shriveled and the juices thicken- you are good to go!

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The cherries pre-roasting.

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The cherries post-roasting!

Take them out of the oven and let them cool for a little bit (otherwise they’re going to immediately melt your whipped frozen banana).

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If you taste test one- try not to eat the whole pan.

If you haven’t already, scoop your whipped frozen banana into a bowl and top with the roasted cherries and the gooey sauce all over the pan. You better eat up quick though- melting will happen! It’s delicious regardless 🙂

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It was amazing that it was so sweet and tasty- and the only added sugar was the honey! The banana flavor mixed with cashew is perfect and then topped with cherries? AH-MAZING. My only regret is that I didn’t make more and had to share this with my boyfriend Will. The recipe serves two but I definitely could have eaten it all myself.

This frozen treat is made primarily with fruit which is what makes it so great. It’s low in sodium, added sugar, preservative free, and squeaky clean! You’ll not only get all the wonderful health benefits from the fruit- but you’ll even get some healthy fats in from the added nut butter and the coconut oil that the cherries were roasted in.

For those suffering from mouth sores or that experience difficulty swallowing as a short term side effect of chemo or radiation- this is a seemingly fancy but easy to make frozen treat that can bring you relief and happiness.

It’s smooth, soothing, sweet, creamy, tasty, and dare I say- good for you! BUT cherries are in season for only so long so start making moves if you want to try this one out!

More Information about Taste of Hope
(which Blogging for Hope is in conjunction with)

Taste of Hope is the American Cancer Society’s signature culinary, wine and spirits event featuring more than 50 of Washington DC’s most popular chefs, restaurants and beverage vendors. Guests enjoy a walk around tasting format where they can sample signature dishes, premier wines and spirits and inventive cocktails. Hosted by the American Cancer Society and Chef Honoree Mike Isabella, all proceeds from Taste of Hope go toward our goal of eliminating cancer as a major health problem. This year the American Cancer Society celebrates their 100th birthday!  Together, we save lives and create a world with more birthdays by helping you stay well, helping you get well, finding cures and fighting back.

Taste of Hope will be held on September 24, 2013 at the Carnegie Library.

  • Tickets can be purchased here.
  • Donations to can be made here.

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Disclaimer: Blogging for Hope is a group of DC area bloggers promoting Taste of Hope through healthy recipes. I am not a doctor, dietician, or nutritionist.  I am not a trained health care provider.  I do not claim that my food will cure any cause, condition, or disease.  Consult your primary physician or oncologist before starting any new diet.

I am in direct ability and use of conversation under following articles.

  • (9) A person who does not hold himself out to be a dietitian or nutritionist when that person furnishes nutrition information on food, food materials, or dietary supplements. This Article does not prohibit that person from making explanations to customers about foods or food products in connection with the marketing and distribution of these products.
  • (10) An herbalist or other person who does not hold himself out to be a dietitian or nutritionist when the person furnishes nonfraudulent specific nutritional information and counseling about the reported or historical use of herbs, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, carbohydrates, sugars, enzymes, food concentrates, or other foods. (1991, c. 668, s. 1; 1995, c. 509, s. 135.2(s).)

Again, you are not on the website of a doctor, nutritionist, or dietitian. If you wish to do so please contact a board certified professional in your state.

Keep it wicked healthy xoxo

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6 thoughts on “Blogging for Hope: Frozen Treat

  1. Hey, question unrelated to this post. I think you wrote previously that you see/had seen a nutritionist. Can you recommend one here in DC?

  2. Once again a delicious and healthful frozen banana treat! Very nicely written post; done with care and small humor tidbits. Love you!

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