I have a terrible sweet-tooth…
I really enjoy a good dessert but as I have tried to eat in a more healthy way, I find that I actually feel unwell after eating the old desserts I used to indulge in. The unhealthy fats are difficult to digest and the sugar gives me a head-rush. I realized that I would have to reinvent dessert and find ways of using healthy ingredients in new ways, to get my sweet and chocolate fix. This led me to this healthy chocolate ice cream recipe!
Reducing refined sugar from my diet has been a major priority. Refined sugar is not in fact a food, by its definition, but an additive that we have gotten hooked on.
Sugar is “just empty and quickly digested calories that actually pull minerals from the body during digestion. It creates a hormone cascade when consumed that starts a positive feedback loop in the body to encourage more consumption.” The Harmful Effects of Sugar by Wellness Mama
But, don’t forget that we need a certain amount of natural sugar to fuel our bodies and brains! Fruits and vegetables containing natural sugar also have fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which make them necessary in our diets while off-setting much of the negative effects of the sugars.
Be sure to include some fruit in your diet but in moderation and if you have a health issue which is aggravated by sugar, consider reducing your intake or temporary eliminating fruit.
But, if you’re looking for a bit of sweetness in your life without the down-side of processed sugar, try out this easy, 4 ingredient recipe for healthy chocolate ice cream that is non-dairy and you can eat it right away. No need to make it up ahead of time and freeze it and you may save any leftovers in the freezer… though there rarely are any!
6 peeled and frozen bananas
½ cup cocoa powder or cacao powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/2 cups coconut milk, almond milk or your preferred non-dairy beverage (even water works)
To make your healthy chocolate ice cream, peel and cut up 6 fresh bananas and place into the freezer at least 8 hours ahead of when you want to eat the finished product.
When the bananas are fully frozen, place them, cocoa/ cacao powder, vanilla essence and liquid into a food processor and blend until smooth. Feel free to add more liquid if the mixture is too thick to blend.
Serve immediately with some chocolate pieces or cacao nibs!
Tip: Don’t use over-ripe bananas, as desirable in some recipes, as they enhance the banana flavor. Using fresher bananas add a more subtle flavor and allows the chocolate flavor to come through.
Source: Saving the Green