Healthy Ice Cream

Okay, maybe I shouldn’t call this ice cream, but it’s a really good fake

I adapted this recipe from Snack Girl, and I had trouble falling asleep last night thinking of all the endless possibilities for this treat.

And this is coming from a girl who has high ice cream standards. Buenos Aires has some of the best helado (ice cream) I’ve ever had, and it’s my favorite dessert. They have a flavor here called ‘Super Dulce de Leche’, which has big ribbons of dulce de leche running through it. It’s heaven. But, for obvious reasons (high fat, high sugar and high calories), I have to keep my intake of helado to a minimum.

Yesterday morning I noticed that we had two very ripe bananas sitting on the counter, and I remembered a recipe from Snack Girl that I wanted to try. So I chopped up the bananas, put them in a bowl and popped them in the freezer.

At 8 pm. a little bit of magic happened.

I adapted this recipe from Snack Girl, and I had trouble falling asleep last night thinking of all the endless possibilities for this treat.

Healthy “Ice Cream”

Ingredients

2 ripe bananas, chopped & than frozen

6 tbsp of milk (1%, almond or soy)

1 tbsp of natural peanut butter*

1 oatmeal cookie**

Method

Combine the frozen banana pieces, milk and peanut butter in a blender. (I used a hand blender.)

Scoop into bowls (you may want to put bowls in the freezer for 5-10 minutes before serving as I found the banana mixture melted a bit during the blending process), crumble oatmeal cookie on top, and enjoy.

*You could also add 1 tbsp of Nutella, espresso, almond butter or some cocoa powder instead of peanut butter to change up the flavor base.

**The options for what you can sprinkle on top of this bad boy are endless: dark chocolate chips, walnuts, almonds, pecans, raisins (or combo of all!), pieces of my healthy brownie or healthy cookie (I would have totally done this, but my options here are limited so I opted for store-bought oatmeal cookies), hemp seeds, unsweetened coconut – whatever you have in the house that you think would be yummy!

Warning: I don’t want to build it up too much because I was skeptical going into it, and very very happy with the outcome. If you’re expecting ice cream, and you don’t like bananas (I don’t think we can be friends if this is the case) than you may be disappointed. However, in my opinion this is a healthy, easy, SUPER yummy alternative to ice cream.

Nutrition Comparison of ice cream versus my healthy “ice cream”

1 cup of Ben & Jerry’s Original Vanilla ice cream (no toppings): 460 calories, 28g fat, 40g sugar

1 cup of Lauren’s Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream: 300 calories, 8g fat, 14g sugar (10g of which is natural sugar from the banana)

AND, my ice cream is a great source of potassium and B vitamins. It’s a no brainer.

That being said, if you’re really craving real ice cream, than go for it, but this is a great alternative for a during-the-week ice cream craving.

 

 

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