And what a way to celebrate than, sigh…not eating ice cream. I know, I know, I’m as distraught as you are. I l.o.v.e. ice cream. When I was little I literally had it for dessert every single night at precisely 7:00 pm. The beginning signs of OCD? Yes, most definitely. But it was my one favorite thing of the day. I was a picky eater, hardly being able to swallow any meat at all and obviously hating all of my vegatables, so like any kid, I loaded up on carbs. But the very best time of the day was when my kitchen clock clicked from 6:59 to 7:00 and I grabbed my bowl, got out the vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup, scooped myself a heaping bowl and placed it in the microwave for 15 seconds to get it perfectly melted together.
Ah, my mouth is watering just thinking about it. To this day I still love ice cream and can be seen with the best of them at the ice cream shop on a special day treating myself to a scoop. Now, Listen up. This does not mean you can go out and get yourself a pint of ice cream every single night. This is a treat to be enjoyed sparingly on special days. I am unfortuantely finding that after being Paleo for a year, even a night of dairy has my stomach in knots. So, good thing for me, I really can’t tolerate it and tend to stay away.
But it is still National Ice Cream day so I wanted to give you a great Paleo alternative that I received from my good friend Paige. (She is a like the Mecca for all things delicious and healthy and a constant source of inspiration on how to stick to eating good.) So we must thank Paige for this recipe which I love love love and definitely curbs my craving for ice cream.
1-2 frozen bananas chopped
1/4 cup almond milk
Whatever else you want to flavor your ice cream with including:
Fresh fruit- think strawberries, blueberries, blackberries
Dark chocolate chips
First and foremost, when you have that banana that is about to go bad, instead of throwing it away slice it in chunks and throw it in the freezer. Besides being delicious to just munch on, you will use it for this recipe.
Ok, back to the directions.
Take your frozen banana and almond milk and place in a food processor or blender. Blend on high until banana is thoroughly pureed and mixed with the almond milk. Add the rest of your ingredients, pulse for a few seconds and Tada! Ice Cream!
Note: If the concoction isn’t the consistency of ice cream add a little more almond milk to get that creamy feel. I have had to do this on multiple occassions.
The great thing about this recipe is that it is cold and refreshing like ice cream and has the same consistency. And you can always freeze it to enjoy later!
Do you have a healthy ice cream recipe to share? Post it below!
Stay Active, Stay Healthy, and Happy Ice Cream Day!!