Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free Warm Weather Treat

Sometimes it’s the simplest recipes that deliver the most delight.  Here is a frozen treat you can make in minutes and store for at least a month in the freezer.  Just grab and go.  If you find them messy to hold you can easily insert a craft (popsicle) stick or a shortened kebob skewer to avoid sticky fingers as they melt.

Choose bananas that are ripe yet firm.  I generally allow my bananas to develop quite a few brown spots before using — not because I like them that way as I actually prefer them on the greener/harder side.  From my research for the Banana Series for eHow.com, I learned that the greener the banana, the more starch it contains and it is lower on the glycemic scale, approximately 30-40.  As it ripens, the starch turns into sugar, taking it higher on the glycemic index, between 50-60 but it is easier for your body to digest.

As a banana deeply ripens (mainly brown spots) the fruit develops a substance called “Tumor Necropsy Factor” reputed to help blast tumor and cancerous cells.  Bananas are powerhouses of micronutrients and antioxidants, including folate, B6, potassium, Vitamin C, manganese and fiber.

You can use peanut butter as the filler and chopped peanuts but since many people are sensitive to the aflatoxin mold in peanuts, I recommend using almond butter and chopped walnuts.  Try different combinations to find what you like best.  Also, to make these fully raw, use non-roasted almond, walnut or cashew butter and raw nuts or seeds.

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Frozen Bananas in Nut Butter with Crushed Nuts

Ingredients:

2 large ripe bananas
2 TB. agave nectar, honey or coconut nectar
3 tablespoons creamy peanut or almond butter
4 tablespoons crushed walnuts

Directions:

Prepare 2 sheets of waxed paper wide enough to use to wrap a banana in each.

Peel the bananas and carefully slice each one lengthwise.

Using a knife, spread the on one half of each banana and carefully replace the top half.

Using two plates, spread agave or honey widely on one plate and the crushed walnuts on the other.  Gently roll one of the bananas in the agave and then into the walnuts to coat thoroughly.  Wrap in waxed paper.  Repeat with the second banana.

Place in freezer for several hours and ENJOY!

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LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

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She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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