blueberry banana sorbet

Let me begin by saying that this was one of the easiest treats I have ever made.

Total prep time took about 5 minutes, not including the time the sorbet spent in the freezer.  Recipes which are this delicious, healthy AND easy to make should be illegal. (Okay, maybe not.  But that’s like the trifecta of the perfect food!)

Blueberry Banana Sorbet

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Ingredients: (serves 2)

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
2 ripe bananas, sliced
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Blend ingredients in a food processor until mixture is smooth.  Store in a plastic container in the freezer for about 2 hours, then take out to stir the half-frozen mixture thoroughly and freeze again.  Let thaw for about 5 minutes prior to serving. Enjoy!

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blueberry banana bread

So this is kind of delicious.

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…and strawberries. Strawberries go with everything. Almost.

It’s a wonder I still find the motivation to bake, let alone do anything anymore over winter break, given that my early mornings have disintegrated into daily battles with the alarm clock and love affairs with my pillow.  I end up getting most of my work done in the afternoon and late evening, sometimes pushing past midnight or 1 AM.  Including baking.  (Woo, college!)

Nonetheless, I found a way to milk the last of the blueberries and overripe bananas in my pantry to their most useful potential.  Combine my recent obsession with baking with my love for blueberries and voila — you get blueberry banana bread!  Mmmmm.

Looks like breakfast will be taken care of for the next week or two!

Blueberry Banana Bread

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Ingredients: (makes 3 mini-loaves)

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  (If the butter isn’t cooperating, try microwaving it for 30 seconds first.)  Beat in eggs and vanilla extract.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt and gradually add it to the creamed mixture until just combined.  Stir in banana mush and gently fold in blueberries.

Pour into three greased 5-3/4-in. x 3-in. x 2-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Use discretion; depending on the size of your pan(s), it could take up to an hour!  Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.  After bread is entirely cooled, slice and enjoy… preferably with strawberries on the side.

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blueberry yogurt cookies

What do you do when your fridge is stocked with gallons’ worth of healthy, fresh fruit?

Bake it into unhealthy sugary desserts, obviously.

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All joking aside, these cookies are much healthier than ordinary cookies – they use no butter! – and were definitely worth the use of blueberries.  On day 2 of my baking expedition, I decided to try out this quick 30-minute blueberry yogurt cookie recipe.  The result?  These perfectly sweet, doughy cookies with tart, burst berry bits dispersed throughout.  Delicious!

Blueberry Yogurt Cookies

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Ingredients: (makes about 48 cookies)
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
1 large egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh blueberries

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  In a large bowl, thoroughly blend sugar, yogurt, egg and vanilla.  In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, salt and baking powder and then blend with the wet yogurt mixture.  Gently fold the blueberries into the batter.  Drop tablespoonfuls of the cookies onto cookie dough onto greased baking sheets with about 2 inches of space in between.

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Bake for about 10 minutes until cookies are barely browned at the edges.  Some of the blueberries will burst during baking – not to worry!  Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for two minutes, and then move the cookies to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.  Once cooled, serve plain or frosted.  Enjoy!

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fruit parfait

My midnight snack.

Unfortunately, Annenberg has fresh berries about 1% of the time (seriously, why is fresh fruit not a daily thing? Apples and bananas don’t count), so I indulged myself this evening with homemade fruit parfait!

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Fruit Parfait

Ingredients: (serves 2)

2 cups vanilla yogurt (Greek works especially well)
1 banana
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries
4 tablespoons granola or wheat germ

Slice bananas and strawberries into small pieces.  Layer fruit with yogurt and granola.  Enjoy!

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