It’s February, but I’ve got Summer on the brain. The very first February I was eating low fat vegan, I spent a lot of time contemplating what desserts I could make because I was so thrilled to learn I could make them all fat free. Among my first favorites were Susan’s Skinny Figgy Bars. During one of these day dreams, I was interruputed by this thought coming seemingly out of nowhere: a mental gasp, and then: “I”ll never eat another drum stick again!!” By this I did not mean a chicken leg, but that old school ice cream confection known as a “drumstick.” Since I hadn’t eaten one and hadn’t wanted to eat one in years, the thought struck me as so funny that I laughed out loud at myself for several minutes.
I know I’m dating myself, but Summer mornings in the hot Sacramento Valley revolved around waiting for the popsicle man to round our corner. Us kids would lounge in the shade of a tree or on someone’s porch, studying the cracks in the cement, teasing along a desultory argument about how to spell “photosynthesis” or who was better, The Beach Boys or The Beatles (in those days, I always voted for The Beach Boys no matter who else they were being compared to). When the truck became visible, our lethargy dispersed without ceremony–and so did we kids—speeding home to ask for quarters and dimes to buy fudgicles, 50-50s or cherry bombs. When I had a little extra change, my favorite was a drumstick. I loved the contrast in textures and tastes between the crunchy nuts and cone, the dark chocolate and the creamy vanilla inside.
A saying on a popular poster from around the same time the popsicle man was still making occasional rounds claimed, “If you love something, you must let it go free. If it comes back to you, it’s yours forever. If it doesn’t, it never was.”
A snowy evening sitting in front of the fire 50 years later is a strange time to recognize the taste of a long lost summer dessert treat I was sure I would never eat again has indeed come back to me. But there it was, right in my bowl. What a surprise to discover I had somehow morphed my banana ice cream into a melting drumstick dessert!
Some of the things I eat and love the most are so simple I don’t think of them as recipes. They are serendipitous surprises I stumble upon that delight and comfort, and help me keep it simple and whole, so I can stay happy and keep getting healthier. So here is my whole food, fat free, gluten free, soy free vegan version of a melting drumstick. My beloved buckwheat groats double as a low fat unprocessed alternative for cone and nuts, but if you find a vegan gluten free cone that works for you, I see no reason why you couldn’t put this into one.
Fat Free Vegan Melting Drumstick Dessert
(This makes one dessert. Multiply accordingly to share with others or to make yourself a bigger bowl.)
1 frozen banana, cut into chunks
raw buckwheat groats
(It’s not necessary to cut the banana into chunks before you freeze it, but you can)
big splash of vanilla (about ½ teaspoon)
big splash of almond milk (about 1-2 tbs depending on the size of the banana)
1 heaping teaspoon of carob powder
1 scant teaspoon of date syrup
1 tsp of water
¼ to 1/3 cup of raw buckwheat groats
Let the banana soften for a few minutes (cut into chunks if it’s whole)
Add banana to food processor, along with vanilla and almond milk. Let it sit a few more minutes. Then whir it up until it’s soft serve consistency.
Meanwhile, in a small dish measure out the heaping teaspoon of carob powder. (If you can do cocoa powder, use that. But dark or medium carob powder is truly heavenly in this.) Add a scant teaspoon of date syrup. (You want slightly more carob powder than syrup.) Then add about a teaspoon of water.
Mix it up with a fork. (And try not to “taste” it all before the “ice cream” is ready.)
Scoop your “ice cream” into a glass or small bowl. Cover with the raw buckwheat groats. Drizzle the carob syrup over the groats.
Enjoy the sweet and dark contrasts swirled into the crunchy kasha. Lick the spoon, and even the dish, if you want, like you’re a kid again. But with a clear conscience.
Healthy Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!!