Fall is pumpkin time – pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pie, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin flavored frozen yogurt….
Fall is also a time when our diets start to go to shambles because of all the delicious “once a year” treats that are around.
HOWEVER, there are ways to enjoy some of those seasonal foods, like pumpkin, without derailing your healthy eating progress.
Because pumpkin is actually good for you, which you probably wouldn’t think considering it is most often consumed in the form of pie or pumpkin spiced lattes. (It is actually especially great for smoothies or treats on carb refeed days!)
So I decided to create a HEALTHY Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt using my awesome Yonanas which I’m mildly obsessed with.
Pumpkin Banana Frozen “Yogurt”
1/4-1/2 cup Frozen Organic Pumpkin (depending on how much you like pumpkin flavor…)
2 frozen medium bananas
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Sprinkle of nutmeg
Remove the frozen ingredients and let them thaw just a bit. Sprinkle bananas with spices.
Turn on the Yonanas and place a quarter of banana in the Yonanas followed by a piece of frozen pumpkin. Mash down. Keep alternating banana and pumpkin until all of the ingredients above have been combined in the Yonanas.
Give it one stir and enjoy! (You can also sprinkle a bit more cinnamon and nutmeg on top if you like!)
What are your favorite healthy fall treats?
My sister got Ryan and I a Yonanas for our wedding….She knows us pretty well!
And while I don’t believe in baking “healthy” desserts with a ton of ingredients that really shouldn’t be consumed that way or in that quantity, I am a fan of SIMPLE, healthy desserts that minimally process the foods they use.
So last night we tried out the Yonanas.
I was nervous to use it because I didn’t want to be disappointed after seeing it turn frozen fruit into very creamy “frozen yogurt” on the TV.
And I must say…The Yonanas didn’t disappoint!
Yesterday was a carb day and I wanted to end it with a nice sweet and healthy treat, especially after our 4 mile walk on the beach.
So we pulled out the frozen banana pieces Ryan had put in the fridge days before and some frozen raspberries and 70% dark chocolate.
Here is our Banana Raspberry Chocolate Chunk Yonanas Ice Cream:
Ingredients for two servings:
2 Bananas (we froze them in quarters for easier use)
1 cup Raspberries (frozen)
4 squares (about 2 oz) 70% dark chocolate bar
Take the frozen ingredients out of the freezer and let thaw for a minute. They work a lot better if not completely frozen solid.
Add one quarter of the banana to the Yonanas with a few of the raspberries and some small chunks of chocolate. Turn on the Yonanas and press the ingredients through.
Continue adding more alternating bananas, raspberries and chocolate until it is all gone. Make sure that as you add the chocolate, you’ve already broken it down into smaller pieces.
After you’ve Yonana-sized it all (my new word for processing all the ingredients), give it one good stir and enjoy.
It literally is the creamy texture of frozen yogurt!
Can’t wait to try out some really fun flavors. Look for a pumpkin and a coffee one coming soon!