I am in love!!
As you guys know, I have a lot of health and fitness goals this year, one of which is to continue to cut back on sugar! It was a goal of mine last year too, and I made some HUGE strides in getting most processed sugar and “bad carbs” out of my diet.
But my current weakness is ice cream. I typically don’t keep sweets in the house at all, but when we have friends over I usually serve some kind of dessert that includes ice cream… and that means that we end up with ice cream in the freezer! And it’s SOOO hard to resist it!
Well I just found out that you can make Guilt-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter “Ice Cream” with BANANAS as the base instead of cream!
Now before I tell you the recipe, I have to let you know that our family was pretty split down the middle on the taste.
Ryan and I both LOVED it, and our 7 year old boy loved it too. Our 10 year old thought it was “okay” and the 5 year old decided she didn’t like it as soon as she heard that there was some almond milk in it (I should’ve kept my mouth shut!) Our youngest (the 2 year old) couldn’t have any because he is allergic to bananas (right now he has allergies to milk, eggs, and bananas – hopefully he’ll grow out of them one day!)
I had frozen bananas in the freezer that I was saving for banana bread (they were VERY ripe – almost black) but now that I’m not going to be having banana bread any time soon, I decided to use them tonight to make the ice cream! It worked peeling them frozen with the skin still on, but next time I’m definitely going to cut up the bananas before freezing them. (Even though the bananas were “peelable” they were COOOOOLD!)
- 4-5 Small Ripe Bananas (frozen)
- 2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
- 4 tsp. Cocoa Powder
- ½ tsp. Homemade Vanilla Extract
- 1-2 tsp. Almond Milk
- Honey or Maple Syrup to taste (optional)
- Place the frozen bananas (preferably already cut-up in chunks) in a food processor.
- Add the peanut butter, cocoa powder, vanilla, almond milk, and sweetener (if desired).
- Process the mix on high until creamy.
**A banana that is 6 inches or shorter has about 18.5 grams of carbohydrates so if you have to watch your carb intake because of blood sugar levels then definitely keep that in mind.**