Wednesday, February 26, 2014

a guiltless way to satisfy pregnancy (or non-pregnancy) ice cream cravings

three words: banana. ice. cream.

this baby girl has me craving all kinds of ice cream goodness, so instead of splurging on a pint a night (j/k. but really), i decided to find a much more guiltless option.
enter: bananas.
this is the absolute easiest thing in the world to make and as far as different options go, the possibilities are endless.
the pictures pretty much show the process step by step.

freeze for at least 1-2 hours.

and voila!
(ps. if i am in the kitchen, tiny hands can ALWAYS be found helping. i love it!)

you simply cut up your bananas, place them in a pan of some sort and then freeze for at least an hour or two. blend on high in a blender or food processor until the bananas turn creamy (they may initially start out looking a little crumbly. feel free to add any extras at this point and then enjoy! the texture will be similar to soft serve, but if you continue to freeze in an air tight container it will become harder, similar to regular ice cream.

on this particular day, i decided to add in some of my Dandy Blend with a teensy bit of maple syrup for a coffee tasting version, but there are truly so many options.

you could make an ice cream sunday with some chocolate sauce, almond butter, etc.
i recommend this chocolate sauce found here:
1 tbsp melted coconut oil
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 tsp maple syrup or preferred sweetener

a few other yummy ideas include (found here): 
3 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tsp honey, per 1 1/2 banana
3-4 tbsp Nutella or other chocolate spread, per 1 1/2 banana
3 tbsp cacao powder, 2 tbsp cream, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, per 1 1/2 banana
3 tbsp coconut milk, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, per 1 1/2 banana
1/3 cup frozen strawberries blended into banana mixture, 2 tbsp cream, per 1 1/2 banana


  1. Just thought you should know I read this while eating a very large bowl of white chocolate raspberry truffle ice cream! Thank you for a much healthier alternative!

    1. haha I love it!! oh girl, I can't tell you how many bowls I devoured before finding this little treat!! Being pregnant with a girl has made me crave "sweet" in a whole new way! ;)