Updated: Apr 19
A while ago I fell in love with this treat that you can eat without guilt. As a mom, I always read the ingredients in food items because I constantly worry about what is going into my babies' mouth. If you read my blog regularly, you probably have noticed that I'm all about real fresh and local food that is prepared the old-fashioned way.
Spring break is here, and ice cream season has begun. My family loves, loves ice cream.
Today I'm excited to share with you the easiest chocolate ice cream recipe and also the healthiest in my opinion that my friend Julie Seibold shared with me.
This simple recipe is a perfect project for your children, and this gives them the opportunity to work with you in the kitchen, I can't stress enough how important it is to have your kids to be included in its preparation, to understand about food and the ingredients used to create what they eat. The end result is raising a smart consumer. Who can catch the marketing tricks on food packaging? I've noticed whole generations have grown up in the US without a clue as to where and how their food is grown and produced.
My kids prefer ice cream to any sweets and enjoy it year around. So, in my house this is always one of their favorite treats after dinner or as an afternoon snack. Being able to enjoy their favorite treat without the worry of chemical enhancements is such a joy: the joy of them eating something healthy and the joy of them helping to create their own treats.
Last year I published a few recipes for ice cream with clean ingredients:
Here they are: Classic French Vanilla Ice Cream
What do I like about this ice cream?
This frozen dessert not only tastes amazing but also is filled with nutrition. This is a super easy chocolate ice cream recipe and I promise it will be your favorite. With just a few ingredients and a minute to spare you can have rich chocolate decadence.
Because it is quick and simple, I don't even bother to store this ice cream in the freezer, so I make it as needed and here are the amazing individual cups that I use for storing.
Is vegan ice cream healthy?
Like any food, this depends on what’s in it. Just because something is vegan, doesn’t mean it is healthy, but this recipe is definitely on the healthier side!
However, the definition of healthy to me is a word that can be changed in its definition every decade. We often hear "this is good for you" or "this isn't" but the list of good and bad constantly changes. What is healthy for one person isn’t necessarily healthy for another. I personally feel that the definition of "what is healthy" means foods that are made of ingredients, which are mostly whole based foods.
What do I need to make it?
Frozen ripe bananas, frozen is a must.
Cacao powder or cocoa powder.
Almond butter or nut butter of your choice.
Coconut milk or coconut cream, refrigerated.
And a blender, you must have a blender!
Variations of this treat to make it fun
There are many ways to make this dessert, so each time it seems like you have created a brand-new recipe! Here are some things that you can throw into the ice cream and create your new variation.
Nuts, seeds, cacao nibs, chocolate chips, toasted shredded coconut, or swap out the almond butter for peanut butter and make it chocolate-peanut ice cream. Make it different, make it fun, and let your children make their own creation too.
How to serve?
In our house we love serving ice cream in any shape or form. We try to mix it up to keep it exciting. Here are some of our ways to enjoy:
Just with a spoon into our mouths!
Wafer (or cake) cones
Making Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 2 portions
Author: Inna of innichkachef.com
4 ripe and frozen bananas
4 Tablespoons cacao powder
4 Tablespoons coconut milk, refrigerated (the cream part only)
4 Tablespoons almond butter
Put everything into a blender and blend until smooth.
Transfer to a container and place into a freezer. Or serve right away.