My sweet tooth has always been very picky – that is, until I cut out most sweets as I go through my AdvoCare 24-day Challenge. I’ve made it to day 17 and feel amazing, but I’d be lying if I said there were no cravings during the past few weeks.
Ice cream has never been a big temptation for me. I’ll take a waffle cone any day, but I usually scoop out most of the ice cream and toss it. I’d much rather enjoy a cupcake or fruit tart, although milkshakes are my weakness. I’ve learned to make smoothies feel decadent and am just as happy with low fat frozen yogurt.
The warmer weather came in the middle of my challenge, and for some reason a craving for rich and creamy ice cream came with it. When I do splurge on the real thing, I like a high quality ice cream with limited ingredients. Something I can have a few bites of and be totally satisfied without any guilt. Hagen Das Five is a great example of a brand with simple, real ingredients.
Back to what to do in the middle of the challenge when dairy and sugar are no-nos. Lucky for me, I stumbled across an awesome blog with an even more awesome recipe for one ingredient ice cream. That one ingredient just happened to be bananas – score! Since I’m not the best at following recipes (especially healthy ones) I didn’t get my hopes up too much. Since I’m not a chef or a food expert like the creator of the recipe, I decided to share my attempts with you.
As advised, I started with really ripe bananas.
I cut them before I froze them, which I realize now may have been backwards. Oh well! At least I followed the instructions and cut them into fairly small pieces.
My food processor still wasn’t entirely happy. Not sure what I missed on this step, but it took a lot more than 45 seconds for me to have anything other than an odd, clumpy mess. But with patience and a little vanilla extract, this…
…turned into this. It’s hard to tell from the picture; I know it looks like pancake batter as much as it does ice cream.
But when dished into a ramekin (like my favorite ice cream – perfect portion control), it looks a lot like the real thing!
The One Ingredient Chef didn’t lie! It was easy to make and a phenomenal ice cream substitute during the challenge. His site offers some different ways to flavor the ice cream for those who want to get adventurous beyond banana.
Personally, I’m thinking a little of the AdvoCare chocolate meal replacement shake could be yummy and I could even see throwing in or topping it with raspberries or strawberries. Staying with the AdvoCare kick, I’m also picturing a frozen coffee treat by mixing in some Coffeccino. The possibilities are endless – unsweetened coconut flakes, lavender and lemon juice/zest, the juice of an orange and a little vanilla extract or even a splash of Baileys or Kaluha. For a sundae feeling, topping it off with chopped nuts would be healthy and fun. With summer’s heat and humidity ready to descend on those of us here in Virginia, I can see this becoming a favorite summer treat long after the challenge is over!