Healthy Ice Cream - Strawberry, Cashew or Chocolate Flavor?
Posted May 18 2013 10:42am
I'm still munching on healthy snacks this may and this time it was ice cream time.
I looked up healthy ice cream recipes and found a one-ingredient ice cream only made from bananas! This was intriguing to try as it was totally healthy and I get to have my snack and fruit serving in the same time, win-win!
So the whole process is easy and it can be mixed up with different flavors, with one base of course - bananas. Therefore, I decided to have mine chocolate flavored, my sis wanted strawberry ice cream and my friend wanted his plain with cashews chops.
Ingredients For 3 servings, each with a different flavor
6 medium bananas
2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
4 tablespoons unsweetened milk (I went for unsweetened rice milk)
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
6 frozen strawberries
8 raw unsalted cashews
Chop bananas into coins and freeze those little babies
Banana ice cream base
Start by chopping all the bananas into small coins and freeze them for few hours (I froze mine for 5 hours).
When your bananas are frozen, toss the 6 of them into your food processor, add 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract, add 4 tablespoons of rice milk and blend till you get a smooth creamy texture. This should probably take just a few minutes! >> Now we have our ice cream base which I divided into 3, given that we each wanted a different flavor.
Cashew chops with plain banana ice cream
For a plain ice cream with cashew chops
Slightly grind the cashews into tiny chops.
Mix them with 1 banana ice cream serving. * Any kind of nut/nut butter can be mixed with the banana ice cream: cashew, almonds, peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, coconut flakes/chops - You name it!
Strawberry banana flavor
For a strawberry flavored ice cream
Get 6 fresh strawberries, wash, chop and freeze them for 2-3 hours.
Once frozen, blend them pretty well with your base banana ice cream and garnish with some fresh strawberries. * Any kind of fruit can be tossed in here as well! Raspberry, blackberries, mango, kiwi, lemon, apricots - I mean summer is here and the fruit season is about to bloom.
And my favorite, chocolate!
For a chocolate flavored ice cream
Mix the plain banana ice cream with 2 teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder and that's it! This was my favorite by the way! * You can also mix your base with instant coffee powder or cinnamon as well.
And after preparing your flavored banana ice cream >> Freeze for few hours till solid. All flavors are easy, healthy and icy - perfect for a summer treat!