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Summertime Sweet Treats by Johanna Hicks

by Logan Vaughan

Do you ever struggle to come up with a healthy dinner after a long day of work or errands?  And with school activities starting up soon, this can be a real struggle.  We know we could drive through another fast-food restaurant to save time, but is that meal meeting the nutritional needs of your family?

The Dinner Tonight program was developed to provide busy families with quick, healthy, cost effective recipes that taste great.  Not only does the Dinner Tonight program provide recipes, it also gives you weekly video demonstrations on cooking tips and techniques, nutrition topics, menu planning basics and information on healthy living.  The goal for the Dinner Tonight program is to improve the health and wellness of Texans through nutrition education.  We are so excited to help you get you started on preparing your dinner tonight.

The website is https://dinnertonight.tamu.edu/

The links include recipe collections, tips and tricks to save time and money, family mealtime planning, and more.  You can sign up for a weekly e-mail containing a recipe and video, or you can opt to just visit the site any time to search for recipes or other features.

This week, I wanted to share the recipe for a sweet treat to break the summer heat!  This recipe can be used for dessert or even a midday snack for those kiddos with a sweet tooth any time of the year! Bonus – it features a secret ingredient that picky eaters won’t be able to detect.  Enjoy!

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream


  • 4 medium bananas
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ tablespoons sugar


  1. Wash hands.  Peel and slice bananas into chunks and place them in a sealable container.  Freeze them for at least 2 hours.
  2. In a food processor or high-powered blender, place frozen bananas, spinach, cocoa powder, and sugar.  Process until very smooth – between 3-5 minutes.
  3. Place the processed ice cream in a loaf pan or similar container.  Cover and freeze at least 3-5 hours.
  4. Serve the Chocolate Banana Ice Cream and enjoy!  You can top with chopped nuts, if desired.

This recipe makes 4 servings (1/3 cup each)


As the final days of summer vacation arrive, I wanted to encourage everyone to support our teachers, school administrators, and other school staff.  After all, they are there for the purpose of teaching our children the importance of being responsible, learning all they can, and treating others in a way that is honorable. 

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