Popsicles are one of my favorite summer treats. By making them at home, you can control how much sugar is added and skip the artificial flavors and dyes. Homemade popsicles are healthier and taste even better than the store-bought kind! These strawberry popsicles are made with fresh strawberries, yogurt, and a splash of lime. You will need your Magic Bullet blender and popsicles molds to make them. Once you put them in the freezer, they will be ready to eat in a few hours. This recipe makes four popsicles, but you can double or triple it to make more. Just keep them in the freezer until you are ready to eat! Once they are ready, run hot water over the molds and wiggle them out.
- 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp fresh lime juice
- 3/4 cup plain yogurt
- Add all ingredients to a Magic Bullet cup and blend until you get an even mixture.
- Divide between four popsicle molds.
- Freeze for at least 3 hours before serving.
Makes 4 popsicles
Sometimes you are craving dessert, but don’t want to make a large batch of cookies or a whole cake, am I right? With this chocolate lava cake recipe, you can quickly make a personal dessert and not have to worry about making too much for just one person. You can also double the recipe to make two. The key to a good lava cake is beating the eggs really well to create air bubbles – this keeps the batter nice and light, so it can rise in the oven. This warm chocolate lava cake is best served right out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and raspberries.
Lava Cake for One
- 2 Tbsp. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 Tbsp. butter
- 1 Tbsp. heavy cream or milk
- 1 egg
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
- 2 Tbsp. flour
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- In a small dish, microwave the chocolate chips, butter and milk for 20 seconds. Stir and repeat until melted.
- Add the egg, vanilla, salt, sugar and flour to a small Magic Bullet cup and blend for 20 seconds.
- Pour the egg mixture into the melted chocolate mixture and stir with a spatula until well blended.
- Transfer the batter to a greased 4-inch ramekin.
- Bake for 10 minutes, just until the top of the cake is firm to touch.
Makes 1 lava cake
I went to dinner at a friend’s house the other night and he made the most incredible dessert: whipped cream and ginger cookies. Yes, that’s it. So simple, yes? What made it even more interesting was learning that he made the whipped cream in his blender. I have never thought of trying this before, so of course a few days later, I decided to try it in my Magic Bullet. I was surprised at how quickly my whipped cream was ready! Preparing it in my Magic Bullet took me less time than using my hand mixer or standalone mixer! It can’t get any easier.
Easy Whipped Cream
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Add heavy cream to a Magic Bullet cup.
- Blend for 15 seconds, then shake and repeat once more.
- Open and add the sugar and vanilla, shake, and continue to blend for 15 second intervals. After only a few times of repeating this, you should get whipped cream!
- Add to your favorite dessert.
Makes ~ 1 cup whipped cream
This delectable recipe from our friends over at NutriBullet will be the perfect picnic wrap up this holiday weekend!
Red, White & Blue Blast
- 1/2 cup strawberries,
- 1/2 cup almond milk (or other milk substitute)
- 1 tsp raw, organic honey
- Ice cubes
- 3/4 cup almond milk (or other milk substitute)
- 1 tsp raw, organic honey
- Ice cubes
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup almond milk (or other milk substitute)
- 1 tsp honey
- Ice cubes
- Make the red layer and pour equal amounts into 2-4 glasses. Put glasses in the freezer for 10 minutes.
- Make the white layer and take glasses with red layer out of freezer. Pour equal amounts of white on top of the red layers. Put in freezer for another 10 minutes.
- Make the blue layer and take glasses with red and white layer out of freezer. Pour equal amounts of blue on top of the red and white layers.
Optional – garnish with mint and blueberries on top!
This makes an ice cold Blast that’s delicious in the summer months and at your next gathering. For an extra special treat, use popsicle molds instead of glasses and leave each layer in the freezer for at least two hours. Once done, you’ll have beautiful Red, White & Blue Pops!
I have a really yummy treat for you today: chewy, fudgey, chocolatey banana brownies. How did this delicious creation come about? Once again, I found myself with one banana on the verge of going bad. One banana is not really enough for banana bread, or even banana muffins, so I started thinking of what else I could do with it. This recipe is a healthier brownie recipe, the banana makes the brownies so moist, you use much less butter and oil than you would in regular brownies. The problem with these “healthier brownies” is that I feel less guilty eating them and eat MORE than usual!
The banana gives these brownies a great flavor – it goes perfect with chocolate! Don’t forget to eat them warm with a cold glass of milk.
- ¼ cup plain yogurt
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp butter, melted
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 large egg
- ½ tsp instant coffee granules
- ½ tsp almond extract (can also use vanilla)
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ⅛ tsp salt
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- Chopped walnuts for topping
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Blend together butter, sugar, yogurt and banana in a Magic Bullet cup.
- Add egg and almond extract and pulse a few times until mixed well.
- Add the coffee granules, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Lastly, add the flour a little at a time, pulsing in-between, until everything is well blended.
- Transfer the batter using a spatula to a greased 8×8-inch baking dish.
- Top with walnuts.
- Bake for 20 minutes, until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean (*if you want them more fudgy, take out a little early).
- Cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting.
Makes 9 brownies
This banana pie smoothie tastes just like a banana cream pie in a glass! My favorite thing about it is the graham cracker crust topping. Freeze the bananas ahead of time (already peeled and chopped in half). I like this smoothie really cold, so I also like to add some ice, too. You can make this smoothie for breakfast, as an afternoon snack, or as a healthy dessert alternative!
Banana Pie Smoothie
- 1 banana, frozen
- ½ cup plain, non-fat yogurt
- ¼ cup milk
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp graham cracker crumbs, plus more for topping
- 3 ice cubes
- Whipped cream for topping
- Slice the frozen banana into bite-sized pieces.
- Add all ingredients to a Magic Bullet cup and blend until combined.
- Top with whipped cream and graham cracker crumbs.
Makes 1 smoothie
I discovered the healthiest cookie recipe, ever! These banana cookies are “skinny” because they are only made with ripe bananas, pecans and oats with a little chocolate drizzled on top. There is no butter, no sugar, no flour, just bananas, pecans and oats (making them vegan, too!) You have to try these. They have a really strong banana flavor, which I love. Finally, a healthy low-fat cookie that actually tastes good. You can even eat these for breakfast! The chocolate drizzled over the top gives them a nice presentation, and who can resist a little chocolate on their cookies?
Skinny Banana Cookies
- 1½ ripe bananas
- 1 cup oats
- ¼ cup pecans
- ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Add oats, pecans and bananas to your Magic Bullet cup.
- Pulse a few times to combine the ingredients, leaving some whole oats for texture.
- Mix the batter with a spoon so it is even.
- Use a teaspoon to drop balls of dough on a cookie sheet.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes.
- Melt chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl 30 seconds at a time until melted, then transfer with a spoon to a plastic baggy with a hole cut in the corner.
- Drizzle the melted chocolate over the cookies.
Makes 12 cookies
Blackberries don’t get as much hype as other superfoods, but they contain a large amount of antioxidants and other healthy nutrients. I like to blend them up into a sweet sauce that can be used as a topping for a variety of classic breakfast dishes (pancakes, waffles, french toast, etc.). When I am in the mood for something lighter, I like to mix it into some plain yogurt for some additional health benefits. It also makes the perfect topping for vanilla ice cream when heated up… yum!
Easy Blackberry Purée
- 1/2 cup fresh blackberries
- 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- Add all ingredients to a small Magic Bullet cup and pulse several times until well blended.
- Add additional sugar to taste.
- Heat up before serving, if desired.
Makes 1/2 cup purée
This fresh, homemade cinnamon applesauce is so easy to make. It is the perfect healthy anytime snack and it makes a precious gift! You can add more or less cinnamon, depending on how strong you want the cinnamon flavor. Applesauce is a great substitute for butter in many recipes, so it’s nice to have in the refrigerator, just in case. I like to make a large batch to last me almost the entire week. It will stay good for about 5 days if kept chilled in the refrigerator in an air-tight glass jar. It’s also nice to have around for those after-work hunger attacks when you are too lazy to make anything, or as an easy dessert.
Homemade Cinnamon Apple Sauce
- 4 small organic gala apples (2 large)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Peel, core and chop apples.
- Steam the apples for 15 minutes, then remove from heat and cool.
- Add the apples and cinnamon to a small Magic Bullet blender cup and pulse a few times until desired texture is reached.
Makes ~1 cup
Wouldn’t it be the most amazing thing ever if donuts could be low in fat and still taste delicious? Well, they can be! By baking donuts instead of frying them, they become less fattening, yet still absolutely satisfying. I made these cinnamon sugar donuts with a mini donut pan. They are so small that they bake very quickly in the oven. I also used my cinnamon and sugar grinder that I found at Trader Joe’s, but you can also just mix some granulated sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl for the topping. The donuts themselves are not very sweet, so the extra sugar on top is the perfect compliment!
Baked Mini Cinnamon Sugar Donuts
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Pinch of nutmeg
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 2 large eggs
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp plain yogurt
- 1 tbsp butter
- Cinnamon sugar (you can mix equal parts cinnamon and sugar – about a tbsp each)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Add all ingredients to a Magic Bullet blender and blend. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides, then blend again until the batter is well combined.
- Spoon the batter into a greased mini donut pan and bake for 7 minutes, until tops are firm and spring back when lightly pressed.
- Gently remove from the pan to cool.
- Melt the butter in a small skillet, then dip the top of the donuts into the melted butter and into the cinnamon sugar.
Makes 12 miniature donuts