When springtime hits, all of a sudden ice cream seems to be at the forefront of many people’s minds. It’s delicious and refreshing, and it lets us know that summer is on its way. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with treating yourself to some ice cream every so often, but today I have an “ice cream” recipe that’s actually good for you. It actually doesn’t contain cream of any kind, but you’d probably never guess.
This recipe contains five simple ingredients:
1 frozen banana
2 tablespoons almond butter
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
Splash (or 2) almond milk
Now for the health info: Bananas are loaded with potassium, vitamins C and B-6, fiber, manganese, and a ton of other nutrients. Almond butter contains lots of protein and is high in monounsaturated fat, so it will help to satisfy hunger and keep you full for hours. Flaxseed meal is rich in fiber, lignans, and omega-3 fats. Cocoa powder is filled with antioxidants, as well as calcium, iron, zinc, and more. In total, this healthy “ice cream” will hit your sweet craving while simultaneously helping to lower blood pressure, fill you with energy, and boost your heart health!
To prep, you’ll need to freeze your banana for a few hours – I usually leave mine in the freezer overnight. Make sure you peel the banana and cut it into several pieces before freezing.
Once your banana is frozen, you’re good to go. Throw all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Play around with the amounts of each ingredient to find the ratio you like best. If you want more of a milkshake consistency, add more almond milk. If you want it to be more smoothie-like, you can add some ice cubes – or, better yet, some frozen almond milk cubes. Enjoy!
A little side note… While I was making this, a bunch of my coworkers were intrigued, so they tried a little sample. Here’s what I heard:
“Oh my goodness. I actually would prefer this over regular ice cream.”
“What’s in this? I need the recipe before you leave. I’m making this tonight.”
*A huge thank you to my health bird sister Charlotte for sharing this delicious recipe!
Photos by Brigette
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