Just What I Needed: Banana Un-Ice Cream


Yes, I am still here. Still sitting here, at the computer trying to muster up some words to share with you all.
Problem is, I don’t have much to share except that…. whew, I needed that!!

I needed that break from you all.
No, no, please don’t take it that way. What I mean is that I needed a break from this computer. Some time away to focus on other parts of me. Other parts that don’t involve technology, which had started to suck me dry. I’m at the computer all day for work, then for fun with social media and I was just struggling to keep my interest up at night.


Instead, I pulled on a pair of running shoes and found my path. See, it’s pretty hard to have the goal of getting up at 5:00 am for a run when you’ve been up until 12 am working on blog posts and “catching up” with the world.

I needed another outlet. So, thanks to my inspiring rockstar running buddy, I found it!

No worries though! I have still been cooking and even snapping a few pictures to share with you all. But, before I share any of those. I need to sharethis recipe with you!

Do you have a guess where I got the inspiration for this recipe?  Yep, Pinterest! It was the “healthy” ice cream theme that got my attention. You can see what the other recipe looks like and how I tweaked it for my taste buds.

It was just what I needed tonight! Something cold, sweet and healthy to enjoy after a nice long run. Can’t beat that combination!


Banana Un-Ice Cream
(adapted by Use Real Butter)

4 ripe bananas (sliced and frozen)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp honey
1 tbsp natural peanut butter
1 tbsp cocoa powder
water as needed


In a food processor add the frozen banana slices. Very important to have frozen banana slices! Whole bananas will kill your food processor. – Process the bananas until they turn to a crumb like texture. Turn processor off and scrape crumbs down to the center and add vanilla, peanut butter and honey. Process until ingredients turn to a creamy texture. This is where the “ice cream” happens! Add cocoa powder and blend. IF the texture does not turn creamy then add a small amounts of water to help cream contents.

See, just what I needed. Ah…

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A Little Experiment: Orange Cherry Coconut Breakfast Bars with Bob’s Red Mill and a Giveaway!


I just loved science class! Something cool about looking at your specimens and putting together your hypothesis then jumping in to see if you were right. Well, this is just what I got to do thanks to Bob’s Red Mill!

The trusting folks over at Bob’s Red Mill sent me some coconut flour and asked me to experiment develop a recipe to share. Sure, no problem. This is an ingredient I had never used but always wanted to see how it substituted for other flours. So I chose to create a breakfast item.

My hypothesis: Using the coconut flour combined with a little extra liquid, would result in a moist but moist, cake like texture. I did a little research prior to using this flour and had read plenty of warnings about adding either extra liquid or extra eggs to prevent a dry crumbly result.

You can hop over to see the result of my experiment, Orange Cherry Coconut Breakfast Bars and try it for yourself!

And, they gave me a way YOU can do some experimenting of your own with a $50 Gift Card to use at either their store or online shop! WOW- what a treat! I am sure you could find plenty of ingredients to play around with.

Here is how you can win this fabulous giveaway.
There are 3 ways you can enter:

1. Head over to Bob’s Red Mill and look around. Then leave a comment below with the ingredients you would use for your own experiment!
2. Come on over to My McDonald Meal Facebook page and join this growing community. Leave a third comment below saying you’ve done so (if you already have liked the page, leave a comment also).
3. Share this giveaway on Twitter! Make sure you @melmcd99 and leave a comment below letting me know you spread the word.

Good luck! This giveaway will close on March 20th at 11pm.

Disclaimer: I received the products mentioned above at no cost. I only review products that I have personally tested and used in my kitchen, and all opinions expressed are my own.

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Kikk-Up Your Valentine’s Day with Kikkoman: GIVEAWAY and Soy Ginger Turkey Meatballs


The great folks over at Kikkoman would like to help you have a Kikk-ed up Valentines Day!


You know Kikkoman for their soy sauce that either resides in your refrigerator or on the table at your favorite Asian restaurant. From Panko and Kara-age to Teriyaki and Soy Sauce glazes, Kikkoman products help you prepare simple,versatile and delicious meals. Panko bread crumbs are a staple item I like to have on hand in my pantry. It’s perfect for baking OR frying (though I’m not a fan of frying) and provide that crunch to so many recipes. Many people don’t realize that Panko bread crumbs work well in both sweet and savory dishes.

Well the nice folks over at Kikkoman sent me an awesome goody box of products to enjoy and would like to extend the same to you! One of my lucky readers that enters below will be eligible to win 2 FULL sized products from Kikkoman.

One of my more common ways of using panko is as a topping to casseroles but this time I added it in with some Soy Ginger Turkey Meatballs. I wanted a more romantic meal for my Valentine’s Day weekend.

These are easy to mix together and bake while you spend more time with your loved one. To finish out the meal I cooked up a yummy Coconut Rice and steamed broccoli.


Soy Ginger Turkey Meatballs
(Makes 24 meatballs)

1 lb. lean, white meat ground turkey
1 cup bok choy, diced
1/2 cup scallions, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
1 tbsp orange juice
1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1 cup panko
1 cup toasted sesame seeds


In a small bowl whisk orange juice, soy sauce, ginger and garlic together and set aside. Next, combine turkey and remainder items with spoon. When all mixed stir in sauce and add panko. Scoop out golf ball sized amounts and roll into ball. Place on baking sheet and put in freezer for 10 minutes. Heat oven to 375 degrees. When meatballs are firm remove from freezer and roll in sesame seeds. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Make sure to check the inside the meatball to ensure the meat is cooked completely.

I used Kikkoman Lime Ponzu sauce for dipping! A perfect pairing!


Enter to win 2 FULL sized Kikkoman products!

Contest ends Tuesday, February 14th at 11pm!!

1. Leave a comment below- share with us how you have used panko bread crumbs.

2. “Like” My McDonald Meal on Facebook and leave a note below saying you did.

3. Tweet that you entered this giveaway mentioning  @melmcd99. Make sure to loop back here and leave a note alerting of the tweet.

Disclaimer: I received the products mentioned above at no cost. I only review products that I have personally tested and used in my kitchen, and all opinions expressed are my own.
NOTE: I realize that some Kikkoman products contain high fructose corn syrup. I chose to not use the products that contain this ingredient— for personal health reasons.

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