We ALL Scream For ICE CREAM!

Last week’s post was a doozy, and I simply want to say thank you. Thank you to each and every one of you who took the time to read it and to comment and to share it and to be reminded that we all go through difficult times, but that we are not the pain…we are the love and the joy beneath the pain. Knowing that we are together, going through life’s ups and downs, makes me feel less alone, and it is so healing to know that you feel the same way. Thank you for being a part of my life; and thank you for allowing me to be a part of yours.

We are each other’s people.

Since last week was so heavy, I wanted to keep things a little lighter this week…in more ways than one! Summer is so close we can almost taste it!! And with the hot, hazy days ahead, we can tend to crave cold, creamy treats to get us through. But traditional ice cream is laden with sugar and dairy that can leave us feeling less than our best.

Enter my THREE absolute favourite recipes for “Nice Cream” (healthier ice cream) that your kids will beg you for and that will satisfy a cool, sweet craving. Plus, the best part? These recipes take only moments to make, so you can quell a craving STAT without ever having to leave the house!

First up, Strawberry Banana Nice cream which is similar to my Raspberry Bliss Ice Cream.

STRAWBERRY BANANA NICE CREAM
Sarah Roberts

Why I Make This: Cold, creamy, sweet and berry-licious, this treat will leave you satisfied but never drained. It’s so good, even the kids will love it!

INGREDIENTS

* 2 very ripe bananas, sliced into coins and frozen on a parchment-lined plate
* 2 cups frozen strawberries (I freeze fresh berries or buy the organic bag frozen at Costco)
* 2 cups plain or vanilla almond milk (home made or store bought)
* Pinch of Himalayan salt

INSTRUCTIONS

Blend everything in a high speed blender and pour into a freezer-safe container. It will likely be “soft-serve” right away, but for firmer ice cream, freeze for a couple of hours. If you leave it in the freezer, it will freeze completely and need to be thawed before serving.

ENJOY!

Note: Feel free to add in some raw or toasted coconut or chopped nuts for added texture. Anything goes!

 

Next, serving my ABSOLUTE FAV….

 

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BANANA NICE CREAM

Sarah Roberts (adapted from The Detoxinista)

Why I Make This: Chocolate and peanut butter, to me, are the absolute perfect flavour combination. But most store-bought treats are filled with ingredients I’d rather avoid. Enter, Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana NICE CREAM. This recipe was adapted from The Detoxinista (check out her website for LOADS of amazing recipes)!

INGREDIENTS

* 2 very ripe bananas, sliced into coins and frozen on a parchment-lined plate (I have a high speed blender and can avoid slicing them into coins…I just break up a frozen banana into a few pieces)
* 2 cups plain or vanilla almond milk (home made or store bought)
* 1/4-1/2 cup organic, all natural peanut butter
* 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
* Pinch of Himalayan salt
* 7 ice cubes

INSTRUCTIONS

Blend everything in a high speed blender and pour into a freezer-safe container. It will start out like a milkshake, so you can enjoy it right away or freeze it for a couple of hours to turn into Nice Cream. If you leave it in the freezer, it will freeze completely and need to be thawed before serving.

ENJOY!

And, now last up, a recipe that was created by accident but that has turned into something INCREDIBLE! Here goes…

When I was a kid living near Toronto, on special Saturdays, my dad would take me and my brother to Shopsy’s Hot Dogs. They served the BEST hot dogs and we always got a “Malted Milk” (a chocolate milkshake with malted milk powder added in). It was DE-LICIOUS and I haven’t had one since childhood, but I’ve often wished for that creamy, chocolaty, malted-milky treat.

One night, I headed into the kitchen to make the Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake (recipe above–I wanted it as a shake instead of ice cream, though, because–patience!) but I could barely scrape the ingredients together. No frozen bananas. Very little almond milk…. But, I couldn’t be discouraged (read, my craving wouldn’t let me quit!), so I whipped up what I had on hand, and VOILA! The creamiest, dreamiest, “Malted Milk-style treat”! I was elated.

You can certainly add in a tablespoon or so of malted milk powder (it’s still sold in stores), but I really like the mild, creamy taste of this recipe as is. Here goes…

HEALTHY "MALTED" MILKSHAKE

Sarah Roberts
Serves 4

Why I Make This: Malted milk shakes start with a whole whack of dairy and sugar. I came up with a recipe that tastes AMAZING and gives me a sense of a malted milkshake while using better ingredients. The consistency is almost like soft-serve, so you can use a spoon OR a straw! Plus, it doesn't require ANY prep ahead of time. Enjoy!

NOTE: If you don't have a high speed blender, I don't know if this recipe will turn out, as the ice really puts the blender to work!

INGREDIENTS

* 2 ripe bananas (IF you have frozen, the recipe will turn out creamier)
* 3/4 cup plain or vanilla almond milk (home made or store bought)
* 1/4-1/2 cup organic, all natural peanut butter
* 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
* Pinch of Himalayan salt
* 13 ice cubes
* 1-2 tablespoons of malted milk powder (OPTIONAL, if you MUST have the traditional flavour!)

INSTRUCTIONS

Blend everything in a high speed blender and evenly pour into 4 glasses or dishes. Enjoy right away as it melts quickly!

 

I hope these recipes inspire you to add more fun to your sun where you and the kids get a healthier dose of yummy energy and where there is no room for guilt around summer treats. IF you aren't a fan of bananas, you may want to give this recipe for Coconut Cherry Chunk ice cream a try instead.

So, go ahead and enjoy every last lick!

Because I want you to love your life one bite at a time.

 

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