Category Archives: SYN FREE EITHER DAY

Banana base for Ice cream…

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Last week I made ice cream using the frozen banana method….I’d read about it on the www whilst I was looking for something that could fill that need for sweet whilst being syn free if that was possible. Up kept popping the banana base ice cream so I thought I had nothing to lose…..so….

  • Put some bananas in the freezer (1 per person – depending on how much you want…2 produced a lot and I like ice cream!)
  • Take them out when frozen and peel
  • Chop them up and put them in the food processor – at this time put in any additional fruit / flavour you would like
  • Blitz till smooth and ice cream looking ~ now this can take a wee while and stop starting …you need to keep scraping the mix around as it does block the blades a fair bit but it took in the end about 10 minutes give or take.

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Well I have to say….I used Blackberries in this one…which I have to say I wouldn’t recommend for a couple of reasons….1) It didn’t mask the flavour of the banana and 2)the pips!….they didn’t make for a nice eating experience. If I used them again it would be without the pips …a blackberry couli would be called for (but oh the faffing about for that!).

Anyhoo as it was OK but as I have already said the banana flavour still came through – fine if you really like bananas ….me I’m not so keen Smile with tongue out…don’t get me wrong I don’t mind them but I was going for a different flavour, the blackberries didn’t quite get there. Needs to be a stronger tasting fruit.

Am thinking I might try it again but with mango or something like that – it needs a fruit that will take over the banana.
The texture was pretty good though and if I can just get rid if the banana
taste it would be “syn free” ice cream that I can have on my healthy eating.

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts…

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 Love love love these and they’re free on either day….bargain!!!

Ingredients:
I’m not giving exact amounts because it depends on how many people are eating…or how much you like Brussel sprouts!!.

  • Brussels sprouts
  • Spray oil
  • Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
  • Sea Salt
  • Balsamic Vinegar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375°.

Trim the stem end off the rinsed Brussels sprouts, remove any bad leaves, then cut the sprout in half lengthwise. Place in a bowl and add enough olive oil to lightly coat them – just a tablespoon or so – again depending on how many you are making. Now sprinkle with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper – that being said if the regular stuff is all you have hey use that…. Now add a tablespoon or two of balsamic vinegar – about the same amount as the olive oil. Toss this all together well and place on a non-greased baking sheet cut side down. Place in oven and roast 15 minutes. Then turn the sprouts over and cooking another 15 minutes. If your sprouts are large you may need a little more time. Enjoy!

Alternatively part cook them and leave them whole and roast for about 20 minutes ,…either works.

If you’re not sure if you’re going to like them , just a few sprouts and try a small batch first.