I am by no means a baker or big on making desserts. It’s too much of a science for me. I’ll forget things in the oven. I’ll add too much or too little when measuring out ingredients. I’ll forget something crucial at the store. The list goes on and on and usually disaster ensues.
I personally think I prefer cooking meals over most desserts because it’s so much easier to fix mistakes and taste as you go. (Not that I haven’t indulged in a finger or spoonful of batter in the past… or present.) I would also rather drink my desserts rather than eat them, but in celebration of Valentine’s day -and the fact the boy is a fan of chocolate- I figured I would do some research into healthier dessert options.
These are ten dessert recipes that require no baking and I hope to try and attempt… eventually. (Aside from the truffle recipes. Those I just included because they’d make a good homemade VDay gift.)
This morning I did not want eggs. I wanted something sweet and bready so I decided to re-make one of those popular Pinterest recipes that are popping up everywhere. The infamous two-ingredient pancake. I’ve made them once before and you have to go in expecting more of a thin crepe texture and less of a fluffy pancake texture. I also found that the 2 egg:1 banana ingredient list was a little off for my taste- it was a bit more banana flavored than I wanted and a little too chewy.
This time I reduced the banana amount to half and it worked out much better. I also made a batch with ground oats (home made oat flour, I guess) and those were a little heartier. And, I made a batch with some PB2 because… peanut butter and banana – come on! I used the leftover banana half as a topping and drizzled with honey. Click below for the updated recipe and options.
A friend of mine who is a personal trainer got me interested in PB2. Let me start by saying that, for me, PB2 is not a substitute for your PB&J sandwich. It lacks the nutritional value of regular nut butters and just doesn’t taste as good on it’s own. But, it has been a great way to get peanut butter flavor in recipes without as many fats and calories. I’ve been playing around with it for about a month now and I think I’ve figured out how to best incorporate it in my cooking. I have used it in Thai Peanut Sauce, Chicken and Shrimp Satay, smoothies, cookies, and now fruit dip. PB2 is not very cheap at stores, so I would definitely recommend buying in bulk on Amazon if you decide you like it.