Being chronically under-employed has it perks: I get to work in the garden more, I get to hone skills, I get to spend many of my days with my students, I get to try some new things that I did not have as much time for before. It also has its pitfalls: depression comes in waves, I am unmotivated to do new projects, and I eat...more than I should. As many women before me, my go-to stress snacks are sweet and crunchy. Ice cream though is expensive and fattening. Enter chocolate banana "nice" cream sandwiches!
Start with a tray of frozen banana coins. Just slices them up and throw them on some waxed paper until they are frozen through. Once I remove them from the chill chest, I let them soften for 15-20 minutes out of kindness to my food processor.
Now, you could leave the bananas plain. I have done that plenty of times. Sometimes, though, a sad girl needs chocolate. I added about 3 tables of baking cocoa and two tablespoons of cinnamon. Next time, I would decrease the cinnamon a bit.
Pulse in the food processor until smooth and you are ready
for a one-woman gorgefest to put it in the freezer to harden a little.
Scoop onto a cinnamon graham cracker (or your cookie of choice) and topped with its partner, you have a guilt-free indulgence! Now to projects and jogs, optimism and hope!