Does THAT look like a healthy dessert?!? Can you believe that it has no butter, no refined sugar, no oil, and no wheat flour?! I can’t. (Yes I can.)
This creation has made me feel like some kind of genius. When food testing for the blog, and having so many food experiments around the house, in the freezer, etc., I sometimes try to get creative with our leftovers. Recently, I had an entire container of Whoopie Pies in the fridge, and a nice big container of Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream (adapted from my Açai Coconut Ice Cream) in the freezer. Fabio and I had just finished a little dinner together at home (a rare occurence thanks to Fabio’s work schedule), and we were both dying for something sweet, as we always do after dinner.
There, in the fridge, sat some lonely little Whoopie Pies. There, in the freezer, sat an inviting tub of Chocolate “Ice Cream”. Whoopie Pie –> microwave. Ice cream –> on top. BAM. Best dessert ever. No added sugar, and low in fat.
A few notes:
For the brownies: you can use a flavored yogurt, like honey or vanilla. If you do, just cut back the amount of honey you add (try using about half the amount).
For the ice cream: The “ice cream” will be rock hard by the time you take it out after freezing for a few hours. I recommend taking it about about 20 minutes before you plan on serving dessert, so that it can soften just enough to scoop.
- For the brownies:
- 2 medium ripe bananas
- ⅓ cup full-fat yogurt
- ⅓ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
- ½ cup lowfat buttermilk
- 1 cup oat flour (grind regular oats to a flour in a blender, food processor, or food mill)
- ½ cup coconut flour
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder
- 1½ teaspoons baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
- For the ice cream:
- 4-5 large, RIPE bananas, sliced and frozen
- ¼ - ⅓ cup cocoa powder
- ⅔ - ¾ cup milk of your choice
- 1 tsp vanilla
- To make the "ice cream: Add the frozen banana chunks to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the banana looks like rice. Remove lid of processor and add the cocoa powder and vanilla. Pulse several more times until combined, then slowly add the milk through the feed tube. Process until "ice cream" looks well combined and super creamy. Spoon into a container (metal cake pan, glass baking dish), cover with saran wrap, and freeze until hard.
- To make the brownies: Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine the the bananas, yogurt, honey, vanilla, eggs, and buttermilk in a blender. In a large bowl, add the oat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Use a whisk to combine. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and use a spatula to mix all ingredients together. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour into a 9x9 baking pan, and bake for about 25-30 minutes. Let cool slightly.
- Cut brownies into 9 pieces, and serve warm, with a few scoops of "ice cream" on top. I'll see you in heaven.