12 Delightfully Summery Cherry Banana Desserts You Should Make This Weekend


By Cooking Panda

Looking for some super summery desserts to make this weekend? We’ve got your back!

Two of our favorite seasonal treats — cherries and bananas — have been on our minds a lot lately during these warmer months, and they are the perfect combination. Plus, August 26 is National Cherry Ice Pop Day and the 28th is Banana Lover’s Day, so you might as well celebrate!

1. Microwave Cherry Banana Cobbler

Yes, that’s right! You can make this baby in the microwave and save yourself all kinds of trouble.

2. Cherry-Amaretto Tart

The cherry-amaretto combination is just perfect. Use either sour or sweet cherries for this, although you might want to use a little extra sugar (to taste) if you go sour.

3. Sweet Cherry-Bomb and Coconut Milk Pops

Feel free to mix a little diced banana into the coconut milk layer if you want to add an extra fruity, creamy touch.

4. Homemade 3-Ingredient Cherry Ice Pops

Just blend, freeze and devour. It’s that easy!

5. Cherry Banana Cream Pie Recipe

Want something fluffy and light but totally indulgent? Look no further. Whip up this fruity cream pie for a perfect summer treat.

6. Banana Cherry Garcia Soft Serve

This dessert is healthy and vegan, but it 100% tastes like you’re eating something bad for you. Seriously.

7. Chocolate-Cherry-Banana Breakfast Smoothie

The most decadent healthy breakfast ever!

8. White Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding

Take your bread pudding to the next level with creamy, delectable white chocolate. Want an extra special cherry twist? Scroll down to #9 and make some roasted cherry compote to top it.

9. Actually Good Frozen Yogurt with Roasted Cherry Compote

Want something tart, refreshing and chilled? Mix up this complex and tasty fro-yo. The secret? Roasting the cherries with the pits intact gives them a super interesting nutty flavor — think amaretto. You’ll love it!

10. Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread

Put a sweet spin on your favorite breakfast treat! Plus, this recipe uses a bit of Greek yogurt, which reduces the calorie count AND makes the loaf even more moist.

11. Sour Cherry and Lavender Sorbet

This uniquely flavored pair makes the perfect sorbet, and it goes swimmingly in a float with fancy lime soda. Don’t have an ice cream maker? No problem! Freeze the blended mixture in an airtight container, and give it a stir every 30 minutes or so until it completely solidifies.

12. Tartouillat (Cherry and Rum Cake)

Use banana-flavored rum if you’re feeling extra bold!

Featured Photo Credit: Mom on Timeout

Tags: banana, cherry, sour cherries, summer fruit, weekend dessert
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Bite Into A Juicy Peach: How To Pick One Out Plus Five Peachy Dessert Recipes


By Cooking Panda

August 22 is National Eat a Peach Day, and, well, you can guess how you’re supposed to celebrate.

That’s right — sink your teeth into a juicy, plump, sweet peach! Peaches are definitely a quintessential summer fruit, whether in the form of a cobbler, ice cream or just biting into the perfect refreshing, ripe fruit.

Are you stumped on how to pick out the perfect peach? Here’s what you need to do, according to Frog Hollow:

1. Color

You might think that you want a red peach, but that’s not necessarily true. Thanks to genetic modification, most peaches look red even when they are not ripe. Instead, keep an eye on the background color – it should be a deep gold hue and not at all pale.

2. Touch

Give your peach a gentle, yet firm squeeze (not hard enough to bruise it) with your fingers. If there is a little bit of give, you’ll know that it’ll be ripe in a couple of days.

3. Skin

The skin should be shriveled around the stem. You don’t want it too wrinkly or soft elsewhere, but shriveled skin around the stem shows that it has started to release enough liquid to soften it up.

Want to make some peachy desserts today? Try one of these:

1. Slow Cooker Peach Butter

This is a pretty easy and amazingly delicious use for peaches, especially if you have more than you know what to do with. Peach butter is super decadent and amazing as a dessert topping, by itself or even as a topping for savory food. You’ll love it.

2. Maple Bourbon Peach Butter

For a different spin, try these dark, complex flavors with your peach butter. A couple drops of vanilla extract wouldn’t hurt either! You can totally make this one in the slow cooker too, although we recommend cooking the alcohol out on the stove for a few minutes first.

3. Easy Peach Cobbler

There’s nothing like a classic peach cobbler in the summer, and the minimal effort required to make this one just seals the deal.

4. No-Churn Peach Ice Cream

There’s nothing like fresh peach ice cream. If you want to add toppings, you can’t go wrong with some candied pecans or homemade salted caramel bourbon sauce (recipe here).

5. Peach Goat Cheese Ice Cream with Salted, Roasted Pistachios and a Balsamic Bay Leaf Reduction

In case, for some reason, regular peach ice cream isn’t special enough for you, kick it up to the next level with this tangy savory-sweet combo.

Source: Frog Hollow / Featured Photo Credit: James Box/Pixabay

Tags: how to pick out a peach, National Peach Day, peach recipe, peaches, summer fruit
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