I had such a craving for ice cream this week but I knew that diving head first into a tub of Ben and Jerry’s wasn’t the answer. I surveyed what was in my fridge and pantry and in 5 minutes had whipped up a delicious, low sugar, vegan banana chocolate ice cream.
I know I know, it sounds like no sugar, no dairy = no fun right? While I may come across as a total dessert party pooper I’m really one of the cool kids.
Traditional ice cream contains crazy high levels of sugar — as in an entire day’s worth per 1/2 cup serving — due to the dairy (lactose), cane sugar (sucrose) and artificial flavorings and sweeteners that are found in most brands. These can all cause your blood sugar levels to skyrocket.
My homemade ice cream has only a small amount of sugar from the bananas and dark chocolate, which is balanced by the fat from the coconut milk.
I have shared the recipe below but before we dive into the good stuff (and believe me, it is good) I want to talk to you about cravings.
Food Cravings 101
Having a food craving can signal that your body biologically requires certain nutrients. For example, craving a big juicy steak or burger may mean that you need a boost of iron. Those days when you would trade your fiancé for potato chips could simply mean that you need sodium — or maybe his attempt at wedding planning has revealed that a bag of chips would be more useful!
Cravings also can have a psychological component. For example:
- When you are bored you want stimulation … this can lead to a craving for crunchy foods
- When you are lonely you want affection … this can lead to a craving for rich and nourishing foods
- When you are tired you want energy … this can lead to a craving for sweet foods
By identifying what your food cravings really mean you can make proactive changes to your diet and lifestyle that will help you reduce their frequency and intensity. Next time you have a hankering for a treat, try making one with healthy ingredients that satisfy your taste buds and nourish your body … just like this banana chocolate ice cream.
Banana Chocolate Ice Cream
Why You Want This
Because it’s ice cream.
Why You Need This
Coconut milk is higher in several essential nutrients than dairy milk, such as iron, copper and vitamin B3. These key nutrients help to support a healthy metabolism, increase energy production and boost the immune system.
This recipe makes two serving, and with less than 12 grams of sugar per serve it’s a whole lot sweeter for your health than Chunky Monkey.
How To Get Your Fiancé On Board
Spoon + Ice Cream = Success
- 2 small, very ripe bananas
- 1/2 x 12oz can full fat coconut milk
- 2 oz dark chocolate, chopped
- Cinnamon and fresh mint leaves (optional)
In a small food processor or blender whizz up the banana, coconut milk, cinnamon and mint. Transfer to a bowl and stir through chopped chocolate. Freeze for 2-3 hours, or until firm.
I hope you enjoy this recipe! Leave a comment below telling me your favorite ice cream flavor and it may be the next recipe to get “healthified” in the mindbodybride kitchen.
With sweet love,
Jennifer Dene xox
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