Banana Split Dairy-Free Ice Cream

IMAG2214.jpgI have always loved ice cream. I think it is hereditary. My father is a lover of ice cream. My nephew Gavin it seems has also picked up the habit. It’s a little odd because I love baking and all that, but I like the refreshing, creamy qualities of ice cream. I don’t eat it that often, thought. Granted meeting my husband has led me to eating it more than I had in years (another thing we have in common I guess is our love of ice cream). Posting my favorite recipes last week and going through my catalog, I remembered all the ice cream I have experimented with in the past. I haven’t posted or made ice cream in a LONG time!

Determined to break this spell, I instantly knew I wanted to make a banana split ice cream. Maybe because I was making a banana split cake for the frat boys that week. Regardless, I felt it had everything you could want. Bananas my husband loves, but they would also add a sweetness to the base without having to add a lot of added honey to it. Plus it has my favorite thing: cherries. And chocolate. And a strawberry fruit swirl. It basically has it all.

I do not have an ice cream maker, so this took a couple of steps and several freezing intervals. I like to keep it simple and just use my food processor and then freeze in a glass bowl. I learned running it back through the processor after an initial freeze, made it creamier. Here is where I added the swirls of strawberries and chocolate.

My final verdict is that this is a winner among dairy-free ice creams. Not overwhelming sweet, but it has depth and lots of flavor.

Banana Split Ice Cream

  • 2 cans full-fat coconut milk
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup diced and drained pineapple
  • 3 bananas
  • ½ cup chopped cherries
  • ½ cup melted Enjoy Life Chocolate
  • Strawberry Swirl: ½ cup strawberries, 2 tsp tapioca starch, 1/8 cup coconut sugar, 1 tsp lemon juice

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Gluten-Free Super Bowl Calzones


I love pizza. I love pie. Clearly, my website and brand are Polifroni’s Pies and Pizzas. So making fooball-shaped calzones for the Super Bowl seemed like a complete no-brainer.

Feel free to fill them however you want. We are limiting dairy, so I vetoed any cheese in the center. For some reason I was carrying pepperoni with me at the store, but I did not come home with any? Weird. But my dream calzone would be this: bacon crumbles, sausage and pepperoni. A meat lovers sort. I would add black olives for my husband.

This sausage only one however was still absolutely delicious and I am sure would be a crowd pleaser.

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  • 1/ 2 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/2  lbs. sausage

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Gluten-Free Football Meatloaf

16299318_612100312333930_4418135034325877621_nSince the Super Bowl is this weekend, I figured I’d better start playing with some possible recipes for the day. When I saw a football-shaped meatloaf, I knew I wanted to play around with the recipe. Plus growing up, my granny made a bomb meatloaf and it’s not something I make often, but something I really enjoy!

Note that I attempted to make the laces out of bacon but you could also use cheese to shape them, we are limiting our dairy, so I needed to find an alternative. It definitely added a great taste, granted I love bacon, so I am partial.

This was also really easy to prep and didn’t take a lot of time to assemble, so you don’t have to spend all morning in the kitchen. You can spend your time getting pumped for the game instead!

Stay tuned tomorrow I will have football calzones.

img_20170201_110721Gluten-Free Football Meatloaves

  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup paleo ketchup
  • 1 lbs. ground beef
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • ½ cup crushed almonds
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pieces of bacon

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AB & Honey Banana Bagels

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At my first market in Urbana, I made some bagels. I was super geeked and excited about them. And I really wanted to try some. But I sold them all, which is a good thing. Plus my friend Kelly sent me a picture the next day of her amazing breakfast with bagels. And encouraging me that she would take bagels form me anytime. This past weekend I made two more varieties and had some leftovers, not really my ideal outcome, but good because I finally got to try some!

And I had my mind set on trying two things: a breakfast sandwich with eggs and bacon (which was freaking delicious) AND a toasted bagel with almond butter, bananas and a drizzle of honey. A light snow coating on Sunday afternoon and a great service on, made the afternoon perfect for the banana bagel treat.

It was so easy to toast them up, spread on the almond butter so it got kind of melty, layer bananas and drizzle a touch of honey.

These Bagels are easy to make too, although next time I would just make them bigger (mostly to save my fingers in the toaster).

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