Category: Banana

Cinnamon-Spiced Bananas

Cinnamon-Spiced Bananas Looking for a great and delicious way to make bananas? Give this recipe for cinnamon-spiced bananas a try. Even though I’m watching what I eat, I still get a craving for something ‘sweet.’ Cinnamon-Spiced Bananas would no doubt be super fantastic spooned over 

Tropical Smoothie

Tropical Smoothie

Tropical Smoothie With temperatures dipping well below zero in Wisconsin, along with record breaking snowfalls, I decided to take a tropical vacation. Not a ‘real’ tropical vacation but the tropical ‘smoothie’ kind of tropical vacation. Fresh fruit-mango, banana, and pineapple team up with coconut milk 

Tropical Smoothie Bowl Paradise Fruit

Tropical Smoothie Bowl Paradise Fruit

Tropical Smoothie Bowl Paradise Fruit

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Paradise Fruit Co. They asked if I would be interested in developing recipes using their candied fruit products. I was more than happy too and actually quite honored that they asked me. Within a few days I received a box containing candied ginger, lemon peel, orange peel, green and red cherries, pineapple, fruit cake mix and tropical mix, which I used in this recipe. I have my work cut out for me, but it will be so worth it! Tropical Smoothie Bowl is the first recipe of many featuring Paradise Fruit.

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Paradise Fruit

Since 1961, Paradise Brands has been America’s favorite brand for candied fruit products. Paradise Fruit Co. has been making glace’ or candied fruit of all kinds, including candied cherries, candied fruit for fruit cake and so much more. Paradise Brands have been achieving baking excellence for over 50 years. Noted for their vibrant color, perfect sweetness and rich, chewy texture, Paradise Candied Fruit are a delicious addition to a variety of recipes.

Smoothie Bowls

Smoothie bowls are basically an extra-thick smoothie, poured into a bowl and topped with fruit, nuts, and pretty much anything else you want to top it with, thus making the smoothie bowl possibilities endless. Not only are smoothie bowls easy to make, they are super delicious, filling and good for you too. When I’m watching what I eat, smoothie bowls are perfect. They make me feel like I’m cheating, even though I’m not.

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What’s in a Smoothie Bowl?

First off start with frozen fruit, which can be anything from frozen strawberries, mangoes, pineapple, blueberries, banana or my personal favorite, fruit blends or fruit and veggie blends that are available. Add that to a blender with some type of flavored liquid or combination of, coconut water, juice, yogurt, milk or a milk alternative such as almond or coconut milk. Blend until creamy and incorporated but still thick. Pour into a bowl.

Add Toppings

Now the real fun begins! Smoothie bowls are meant to be topped. Topped with nuts such as; sliced almonds, chopped walnuts or pecans, seeds such as; chia seeds, hemp seeds, or sunflower seeds, dried fruit such as; Paradise Candied Fruit, goji berries, or raisins, fresh fruit such as; raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, or kiwi, cereal such as; granola or puffed rice. Shredded coconut and cocoa nibs are also a great addition.

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End Result

The end result is a smoothie bowl that is worth getting out of bed for, a quick pick-me-up in the afternoon, a nutrient-dense pre-workout snack, a light dessert or as an early evening snack. Instead of grabbing that pail of ice cream in your freezer, whip up a smoothie bowl. I love my ice cream but I’ve found that smoothie bowls can be just as satisfying as a dish of ice cream. Seriously…I’m not joking!

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