Who doesn’t like ice cream? I know that I happen to be one of those individuals who LOVES it! But even though I love it, I never feel super great after eating it – grogginess, fatigue, bloating, and “blah-ish” feelings tend to accompany my ice cream extravaganzas.
Does this sound familiar?
Unfortunately, even ice creams from quality sources tend to have an outrageous amount of sugar per serving – and let’s be honest, who is able to keep themselves from having more than one serving of a delicious ice cream treat? If you can, well then my hat goes off to you!
So what is one to do when you continually have cravings for your favorite frozen dessert, but you don’t want to eat all of that sugar? Well you make your own of course!
Amazingly, this recipe does not have dairy or any added sugar to it. Wait what? How is this possible for an ICE CREAM recipe? Well, let’s just say it’s not what you would call a “traditional” ice cream treat – but rather a healthy alternative that is easily customizable to accommodate your favorite flavor combos and – dare I say it – is even more delicious than its traditional counterpart (in my humble opinion).
For a great base recipe, all you need are some frozen green-tipped bananas. I usually will chop up and freeze several at a time to have some on hand for emergency cravings. You want to use green-tipped bananas because they have less sugar content compared with their more ripened stages, so if you’re going for less sugar, go for the green-tipped bananas.
This recipe is full of wonderful healthy fats, antioxidants, and blood sugar-regulating spices like cinnamon – not only will this recipe satisfy your ice cream craving, but it will also help regulate your blood sugar levels so that you can maintain an even blood sugar state (this will prevent you from experiencing the all too common sugar “high” and subsequent sugar “crash”).
Once you have your frozen bananas, you can let your creativity run wild – below is my favorite combination (at the moment), but feel free to include whatever flavors and tasty additions that strike your fancy!
Blue Banana Frozen Cream
· 1/2 green-tipped banana, frozen
· 1/4 cup blueberries, frozen or fresh (if in season)
· 1 spoonful almond butter or ~6 raw almonds
· 1 spoonful coconut butter (optional)
· 1 tsp. vanilla extract
· 1 tsp. or dash of cinnamon
· 1 cup full-fat coconut, hemp, or almond milk (add more or less depending on desired consistency)
Instructions: Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy and smooth. Enjoy!