Chocolate Nice cream

I don’t know about you all but I am often left with rotting bananas. Unless I peel and hand the boys this fruit, they will never reach for one on their own. I some times sneak one in for snack at school but suffice it to say it is not their favorite.

When I saw this recipe for “nice cream” doing the rounds in health circles, I thought I would give it a try. It’s non dairy but the texture and look is just the same.  Add good quality cocoa and you have a healthy dessert or after school snack!

 

Unlike regular ice cream which is loaded with sugar, the only sweetness in this one is the fruit itself- Perfect!

   did you know that…..

  • Bananas are loaded with potassium and magnesium. These minerals are what is needed by the body to lower blood cholesterol and  protect it against heart attacks and strokes.(1,2)
  • study conducted by the Appalachian State University found that eating a banana would be better if not as beneficial as drinking a sports drink for athletes during intense cycling sessions(3).
  • It is also a great source of energy for endurance athletes.(4) Ever noticed Maria Sharapova grabbing a banana during a tennis match? Well now you know why!
  •  Bananas are rich in fiber and resistant starch, which feeds the friendly gut bacteria.(5)

Chocolate Nice cream

Chocolate Nice cream
 
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This healthy spin on chocolate ice cream is so good, it will have your kids coming back for seconds!
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Recipe type: Dessert/Snack
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 7 ripe bananas (frozen)
  • 1½ tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (non-alcoholic variety is hard to find. I finally found one at Whole Foods)
Instructions
  1. In a food processor put frozen banana chunks
  2. Add cocoa and vanilla extract
  3. Process till smooth
  4. Freeze 3-4 hours

 

Notes:

  1. Quality of ingredient makes a huge difference, especially when it comes to chocolate.
  2. It is essential to have on hand ripe bananas. The riper the better!

Chocolate Nice Cream

The great thing about this recipe is that it only calls for 3 ingredients. What more can a busy mom want? It is so easy and quick. Go make some for dessert tonight!

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