Ice Cream – The one dish that tests the strongest resolve of all health-conscious people.
One pint of HagenDaaz + TV + cozy blanket = heaven = next day regret = guilt dieting rest of the week.
Upgrade my Ice Cream
Enter clever food hack – Ice cream upgrade using frozen bananas!! Whoever thought of this idea is a mad genius, I say!! Frozen bananas are like blank canvas, you can be a Picasso and add your own flavors to it to make remarkably tasty treats.
My mantra is continuous improvements to eat healthier, no matter how small.
But, this is a big step…
One small invention of frozen bananas, a giant leap for healthy ice creams.
(Oh dear!!..LAME!! I know!!)
This is my go-to treat on days I want to “indulge”.
This is my go-to happy snack for my kids.
They love it!!
How to do it?
Peanut Butter Flavor
This is the simplest.
Literally 2 ingredients…Frozen bananas and salted peanut butter.
When buying Peanut butter – remember, none of the hydrogenated Peanut butter stuff. The peanuts butter I buy has only 2 ingredients – Dry roasted peanuts and salt. The salt especially is a nice touch to the ice cream.
This is also zero added sweetener and vegan ice cream(yay).
Strawberries and cream
This has a little bit more steps compared to the others. You could use a strawberry jam if you wanted to avoid making a strawberry syrup from scratch. But, then, of course, the jam would have sugar. I have used Raw Honey instead.
Why did I add honey? Why not keep it more healthy without additional sweeteners? Well, strawberries, being an acidic fruit, needs added sweetness. Most food products – the general rule is – more acidic the ingredient, the more sweetness is added to balance it out. Lemonade, for eg, is one of the most sugar-requiring juices, no matter how natural it is.
Cream cheese is added as fat to cut the acidity. This ice-cream is a lovely flavor, despite having a higher caloric demands to round out the taste profile.
This is a creamy, milky version for all the vanilla lovers out there. There is no extra sweetener other than the banana (yay) and added protein from the milk powder (yay).
I added Almond butter to add richness. Almond butter and chocolate are natural compadres (think Nutella with almonds, but healthier!!). I added chopped dates for 2 reasons – 1) Cocoa powder is bitter and requires extra sweetness to temper that 2) The dates provide a nice chewy, textural component to the ice cream. This one is vegan too like the peanut butter one(yay).
I have listed 4 versions above. These are just base ideas. You could try these or make your own versions. Either way, I would love to see it. Please post your trials on my Blog Facebook page and share your experience with the rest of the community. The pictures posted by some of you in the past, gave me great joy. I love to hear from all my readers. Have you tried a “healthy ice cream” before? Share your thoughts…
Want more ideas for healthy ice creams like this? Try these vegan ideas.
A special thanks to my mom and my daughters for being my “hand models” for this photo shoot. Yay them!!