Do you remember being a kid? I do. And I remember ants on a log. And I remember how sometimes you would get raisins as the “ants” and sometimes you would get chocolate chips and if you were REALLY lucky, you got both. If you aren’t familiar, it’s a dessert/snack in which you peel a banana, top it with peanut butter, and then top that with your ants of choice (but not actual ants if you a vegetarian like me). The first time I made it at home – because we’re all kids at heart, right? – Jake was dumbfounded. He had never seen anything like it before in his life. I almost called child services to report his parents for neglect! How could someone grow up without such a staple food ? (Don’t get me started on how he hadn’t heard of chicken pot pie.) But besides these obvious indiscretions, his folks provided him with a good childhood, so I guess I’ll let it slide. Just this once
And, really, I should be nice to Jake’s mom because Mother’s Day is this weekend (in the U.S.) and if I’ve learned anything from my own child, it’s that being a mom is a job that you’ll never get 100% right. Or even 75%. Thankfully, we don’t get performance reviews because Lily has ingested a peck of dirt in the last year alone. And she’s watched enough Disney Junior shows that she knows the theme song. Not just to the shows, to the channel. *let the magic begin do do do do doooo do* And, yes, she’s had Pirate’s Booty popcorn for breakfast when it got her to stop screaming on the way to the car (and when it’s not the popcorn, it’s the Nutri-Grain bars that I never knew until recently are actually not nutritious at all!). So, from now on, moms get a break. Especially this weekend. Bring me breakfast in bed, following by a healthy serving of this ants on a log ice cream. Better yet, just bring me the ice cream for breakfast. It’s healthier than what my kid’s been eating!
Ants on a Log “Ice Cream”
4 very ripe bananas
3 Tbsp. peanut butter
1/3 cup chocolate covered raisins, plus more for topping
Peel the bananas, cut them into chunks, and freeze until they are solid (overnight is probably best).
Put the frozen banana pieces into a food processor and pulse, scraping the sides down occasionally, until the banana becomes creamy. It will happen! Transfer the banana to a storage container.
Microwave the peanut butter for about 10 seconds to soften it just a bit. Pour it over the banana and swirl through. Add the chocolate covered raisins and mix in.
If needed, refreeze until the mixture is set. Serve frozen with additional chocolate covered raisins on top.
Source: L+K Original