A Better Ice Cream For Your Sweet Tooth
When my sweet cravings kick in, I start to feel a little ravenous and want to get my hands on almost anything in sight that will satisfy those cravings. It used to be a bag (literally) of peanut butter m&m's, but ever since I finally started realizing that crap sugar (re: refined sugar) was making me feel like actual crap...I moved on.
If you think about it, it's common sense to understand that whatever is currently in your bloodstream, you'll crave. So those "sweet" cravings kick into high gear if you're constantly feeding yourself foods that are high in sugar. And refined sugars are the biggest culprit, which come along with addictive, drug-like qualities (watch the documentary Fed Up to become better educated). That's why it seems so hard to give it all up at first. Your body needs time to wean off it and clear it out of your system. Once I created this shift and became more mindful about the types of sugars that I was putting into my body, my cravings quieted down and I noticed that I was feeling much less sluggish. Less agitation, clearer skin...it was all positive side effects of being a bit more mindful about how I cured and satisfied my cravings.
And so to that, it was this past weekend when I wanted to get my hands on some ice cream, despite the cold winter temperatures. I had seen others creating this banana "nice" cream (nice, because no dairy/guilt) and figured that I'd finally give it a go to see if I could make some magic happen based on what I had in the pantry. I must have eaten it faster than the time it took me to whip it all up. I could not get enough. This recipe may be the easiest and most satisfying thing to ever make. It's a good one to batch in large quantities and stock in the freezer for whenever a craving is calling. You can keep it simple or get a little crazy, adding in whatever you fancy. Use the recipe below as your base and guaranteed that you'll be scraping the bowl clean.
Here's what you'll need for a single serving (note: I doubled it for myself alone - highly recommended):
2 frozen bananas, pre-sliced (separate them out in a ziploc bag or on a sheet of wax paper and let them sit in the freezer overnight, otherwise allow at least 2 hours for them to freeze well enough for blending)
1 heaping tbsp of nut butter (your choice here, but I went with Nuttzo's Crunchy Power Fuel for something different)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Splash (or so) of almond milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)
Superfood Sprinkles (I made this up, but in other words, some fun toppings...which for me was Nature's Path Organic Qi'a Superfood Breakfast Cereal - a nutritious blend of buckwheat, chia and hemp seeds)
1. In a food processor or high-speed blender, add the sliced and frozen bananas.
2. Toss in the nut butter, cinnamon and a splash of almond milk (to start).
3. Process/blend on high, adding a splash of almond milk here and there as needed until you reach your desired consistency.
4. Pour into a bowl and sprinkle with your fancy superfood sprinkles (dark chocolate chips or granola would also work very well).
And just like that, you've dodged the crappy sugar bandwagon with something that you'll feel very good about! It held me over for a good while (probably because I had four frozen bananas in there) and is now a favorite in my freezer. Enjoy it for breakfast, a snack, dessert, in place of a smoothie...whatever you want! Because we know that those cravings come calling at any given moment.
Let me know if you try it and share any fixings or toppings that you put on there - I always love seeing what other creative things people come up with!