Sunday, 23 August 2015

The Sunday Post: Healthy Ice Cream Recipe

Healthy ice cream? Yes, really….

Sunday is my favourite day of the week. For me, Sundays are just an excuse to be really lazy, watch way too much Netflix and eat lots of good food. This ice cream has quickly become my go-to breakfast on Sunday mornings. Okay, it’s not technically ice cream as there’s no cream involved but it’s super delicious and so healthy. It is such a great way to start the day.

As I mentioned in my last post, I have recently changed my entire approach to food after being completely inspired by Deliciously Ella’s philosophy. Ice cream is one of my most favourite foods but it’s definitely not the healthiest of snacks. So, I was on the lookout for a healthy alternative when I came across lots of different recipes for healthy ice cream using frozen bananas, including this one from Niomi Smart’s blog. Okay, so I knew bananas (shout out to Gwen Stefani for always reminding me how to spell bananas) were a superfood and totally delicious but I didn’t know they could make ice cream as well. So, this recipe is a serious game-changer for me. I love how you can make so many different variations of this ice cream. This is my own variation:

Chocolate, Banana and Almond Ice Cream


2 frozen bananas (I find that 2 bananas are the perfect amount for one individual portion. However, if you want to make this for more than one or want to make enough for second helpings then add more bananas).

1 heaped teaspoon of raw cacao powder.

1 teaspoon of smooth almond butter.

Fresh fruit for toppings (I love blueberries and strawberries).

1.     Slice 2 (ripe) bananas into small chunks, place the chunks in a container or freezer bag and freeze (preferably overnight, so that you can make this ice cream for breakfast the next morning).

2.     Take the bananas out of the freezer and leave them to defrost for 15 minutes until they are semi-frozen (this makes the bananas easier to blend).

3.     Place the bananas in a food processor and blend until the banana mixture looks smooth and creamy.

4.     Add the raw cacao powder and the almond butter. Then blend again to combine.

5.     Pour in a bowl and add your toppings.

I love the classic chocolate and banana combination. Raw cacao powder is one of my favourite ever ingredients. It’s full of essential minerals and antioxidants. You get an intense chocolatey flavour but it’s actually good for you! Also, I’m a massive nut butter enthusiast so any excuse to use almond butter is fine by me. 

But what I love most about this recipe is that there are so many amazing different combinations and variations that you can make. You could add different toppings such as: coconut, nuts or granola. You can add almond milk to give the ice cream a creamier texture. Or you could even add more frozen fruit at the start of the recipe. The possibilities are endless…

Have a great Sunday and let me know in the comments if you make this recipe or if you’ve already made healthy ice cream. I’d love to know your flavour combination suggestions…

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