by Leslie O’Neill
I have had a lot of people ask me how they can have ice cream when they are trying to cut out dairy from their diet. There are a few great replacements that you can find in the grocery store, which would be nondairy forms of traditional ice cream using nut milks. I also just read that Ben and Jerry’s is coming out with a non-dairy line using almond milk. I will definitely be trying that!
For those of you that love bananas they also can be used to make a satisfying sweet treat. Bananas are naturally high in sugar and are very sweet which makes them a perfect alternative when replacing out processed sugar from a recipe. I do not recommend eating them often especially if you are watching your sugar intake but the reality is sometimes we just want something sweet and yummy so it is all about making better choices.
This recipe will satisfy your sweet tooth, fill up your belly without destroying your weight loss goals. Remember the key is using healthy ingredients and watching your portions when eating sweets. Enjoy!
Banana Ice Cream
2 – 8 ripe bananas, peeled, cut into chunks and frozen overnight (6 to 8 hours)
Remove bananas from the freezer and thaw 5-10 minutes. Place banana chunks in a food processor and puree until you achieve ice-cream consistency. That’s it! Seriously! Serve immediately.
Toppings (It’s always good to have options!)
• Top with crunchy Cacao nibs
• Top with ½ cup of roasted walnuts (heat in pan for about 5 – 10 minutes. Watch so they don’t burn.)
• Sprinkle cinnamon
• Drizzle maple syrup
• Drizzle vanilla extract
• Add frozen blueberries/strawberries/raspberries/blackberries/fresh goji berries, or any kind of frozen fruit you like!
Leslie is a certified holistic health coach and is the owner of The Be Well Coach and Be Well Meals.