Does summer time trigger the desire for ice cream?  Most of us might associate hot summer days with an ice cream treat after dinner or an outing.  Now that you have shifted to a healthier living lifestyle, you may wonder how you can have this cooling treat while avoiding sugar.  Even most of  the “healthier” ice cream alternatives have sugar or other sweeteners added to it.  Here is a simple recipe for an alternative to ice cream.  Now you can have your ice cream and eat it too.

Ice Cream Alternative

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • ⅛ cup coconut milk

Directions

  1. Wrap ripe peeled bananas in parchment paper.  Place in a ziplock bag or sealable container.  Place in freezer for at least 12 hours.
  2. Place frozen bananas and coconut milk in a food processor or high speed blender.  Blend until smooth.  Consistency resembles soft serve.  Eat as is or freeze for an additional 30 minutes if you like a harder texture.

Variations

Add in any of the following things to create a different flavor for your ice cream.  Just place the additional item in to the mixture prior to blending.

  • ½ cup any kind of frozen berries
  • ¼ cup of any nut butters
  • ½ cup of frozen pineapple and top with shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp pure peppermint extract
  • Dash of cinnamon
Julie Paiva, CHHC

Julie Paiva, CHHC

Holistic Nutrition is Julie’s passion. She holds a degree in Holistic Health Coaching from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree from Central Connecticut State University in Elementary Education with a concentration in Math, Science and Geography and a Master’s Degree in Science from Southern Connecticut State University. This background in education and science has been a great foundation for her pursuits in the health and wellness industry over the past 14 years. Julie is available for one-on-one coaching sessions to help clients implement a healthier form of eating and living into their daily lives. Coaching sessions are based on each clients individual and unique situation. She also offers a private cooking service for clients who are inspired to eat healthy but prefer not to do it themselves. read more...