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Neapolitan Nice Cream Sandwiches

18 Aug

I received free samples of Breton Crackers mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Breton Crackers and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

I’ve become somewhat of a weather-app-checking freak every time I set out to train for a race. Will the weather be good enough for my long runs? Will I get caught in the rain? Do I need to wait or go sooner to avoid high temps or bad storms? My weather app is probably the most-used app on my phone as a result!

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Which is why, when planning this weekend’s running, I was disheartened to see 90 degree highs for Saturday through Tuesday. Wisconsin seriously has something against spring time, because I swear we jumped from winter to summer overnight. It’s ridiculous.

I don’t like running super early in the morning, but it looks like it’s either that or I suffer through the heat! Luckily, as I think about the half marathon that is just two weeks away, I know that it’s an early start time, so in most cases, we should be fine.

Speaking of hot weekends, it’s just about time to start whipping up allllll the nice cream for easy scooping to beat the heat. If you haven’t jumped on board the nice cream train, let me give you the low-down.

Rather than sugar- and fat-filled ice cream or frozen custard or froyo, nice cream is simply made by pureeing frozen bananas with a splash of milk and flavoring agents of your choice. In the mood for a protein boost? Chocolate protein powder tastes great as an addition. Want something fruity? Throw in a handful of berries. Going for a classic ice cream flavor? Toss in the toppings of your choice and drizzle with homemade date caramel or magic shell (melt coconut oil with cocoa powder, stir, and cover your nice cream- the oil will solidify on contact with the cold nice cream!). It’s a wonderful dessert that you will always feel good about.

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So when I was eating some of these Breton Artisanal Sweet Potato and Ancient Grains crackers on their own, I was totally inspired! Why not use these as the “sandwich” part to a nice cream sandwich? These crackers are pretty magical. They’re made of ancient grains, like rye and quinoa, have sweet potato baked right in, and are still somehow light and flaky. Sure, plain vanilla nice cream could suffice, but I wanted to kick up the flavor party with the addition of strawberry and chocolate layers. The resulting Neapolitan Nice Cream Sandwiches are a hearty, healthy dessert that perfectly join together the slightly salty, crispy crackers with a guilt-free filling. A wonderfully satisfying snack or appetizer on a hot day!

I’m super excited about these. Make them now – you’ll thank me when it’s 90 degrees in your neighborhood!

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Neapolitan Nice Cream Sandwiches

Makes 15 sandwiches

Line a 9×13″ baking dish with plastic wrap. Lay half of the crackers bottom side up on the sheet, making sure they touch each other but do not overlap.

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In a food processor, puree all the bananas with the nondairy milk and vanilla. Remove 1/3 of the banana mixture from the food processor bowl and spread this on top of the layer of crackers, being careful not to break the crackers. Place in the freezer to firm up.

From the remaining banana mixture, remove half to another bowl; set aside (this would be another 1/3 of the original mixture). Into the food processor, add the quartered strawberries and puree again until completely smooth. Spread this on top of the frozen vanilla layer. Place in the freezer again.

Wipe out your food processor bowl and blade with a clean cloth and then place the final 1/3 of the banana mixture back in, along with the sea salt and cocoa powder. Puree together until incorporated. Spread this mixture onto the vanilla and strawberry layers. Place the other half of the crackers on top, following the same pattern you did for the bottom layer. Make sure these crackers face up.

Freeze the nice cream sandwiches for at least an hour, or until firm.

Remove the pan from the freezer, and let sit out a few minutes to allow the nice cream to soften a bit. Use a sharp knife to cut out the sandwiches from the layer of nice cream, again being careful not to break the crackers.

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Transfer sandwiches to a plate and place them back in the freezer to harden again.

Serve cold and enjoy! Leftovers can be transferred to a freezer-safe container and eaten one at a time.

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Whole Wheat Hummus Flatbread Crackers

11 May

I received free samples of Sabra Hummus mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

There are SO MANY crackers out there that appear healthy and delicious. But upon closer inspection, most of these have a crazy amount of unpronounceable ingredients that are apparently only there to keep the crackers shelf stable.

Well, that might be all well and good, and some would argue that those ingredients are plant-based to a degree, but that’s just not good enough for me.

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I want crackers and flatbreads that I can feel good about! Which is why I devised this stupidly simple recipe using just THREE ingredients. Yes, three!! Sabra’s Roasted Red Pepper Hummus provides all the moistness and flavor, whole wheat flour provides some complex carbs, and water pulls it all together.

Ok, water is hardly an ingredient, but like in Scrabble, a two-letter word doesn’t count, so I refuse to count a two-ingredient recipe as a recipe!

As such, enjoy these wholesome, family-friendly, and snack-worthy flatbread crackers. What’s a flatbread cracker? Well, you can either maintain a flatbread mouthfeel OR you can bake them even longer for a crispy cracker. And if you want a different flavor? Go for it! Sabra makes 14 varieties of hummus, so you can go wild! They make an excellent vegan snack to celebrate National Hummus Day, which is May 13. You could totally even dip these in more hummus, because this plant-based dip is all sorts of protein happiness!

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Whole Wheat Hummus Crackers

Makes about 40 crackers

  • 10 tbsp Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
  • 1 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 C warm water

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment and grease well.

In a bowl, mix together the hummus, flour and water. Stir together with a spoon until a pliable dough forms. Add more water or flour as needed to achieve the right dough texture – it should begin to ball up quickly.

Transfer the dough to the center of the greased parchment and place another piece of parchment on top. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough until even and  thin. The thinner, the better! Remove the tap piece of parchment and bake for 15 minutes, turning halfway through.

Remove and let cool five minutes on the baking sheet a few minutes. Then, using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, slice the cracker sheet into square crackers (or rectangles, triangles, whatever you desire!). You don’t need to cut all the way through – just enough to perforate the cracker sheet.

If you want more of a flatbread, let cool completely and then break apart at the perforations.

If you want more of a crisp cracker, cut the sheet all the way through and return to the oven for 5-10 minutes. Then, cool completely.

Transfer crackers to a metal tin or glass container. Store in the fridge and eat within five days.

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