Sometimes surviving the “hangery” phase requires creative thinking and planning ahead!
Sometimes surviving the “hangery” phase requires creative thinking and planning ahead!
So it’s almost 10:30pm on a rainy Tuesday night and I was sitting on the couch watching Shark Tank OnDemand and filling out my planner for the next few weeks when my sweet tooth hit with a vengeance!!
Naturally my freezer has three containers of frozen yogurt at the moment, but I had already eaten a bunch earlier and was attempting to avoid my third serving of the day.
The gluten free granola my mom sent me in a care package took care of need for a crunch earlier, but I needed chocolate and cold creaminess and desperately wanted something healthy. I’ve also been fighting the urge for a giant Starbucks latte for days now.
That’s what you guessed though, right?!
I could have just been lazy and made the World’s Healthiest Ice Cream… but I was feeling creative.
Within seven minutes my mouth was the beyond happy and my belly was
just a little bit too full! This barely even qualifies as a recipe because it was SOOOO easy! I only snapped one quick picture on my phone of the main ingredients and the finished product in my favorite Talenti container!
Usually I give you tons of pictures to make you understand how amazing the end product is and explain the full process but this one was so easy and delicious and full of yummy products ANDDD to be completely honest I wasn’t even planning on posting it, but it was too good not to share with you guys!
Sooo here it goes! I’m off to bed aka making a pit stop at the freezer with my spoon and then curling up with a new episode of Revenge before passing out!
YOU’RE WELCOME!! (I know you will be thanking me so I am saying you’re welcome in advance)
Place leftover in a Tupperware container and save it in the freezer for later. Depending on how long you refreeze it, you may want to let it thaw for a few minutes before enjoying again but this certainly is not necessary... or easy to do!
SUBSTITUTIONS You could easily make this vegan by subbing the Nestle Chunks for Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips like these and using an instant coffee that does not include any dairy product!
On the other hand, if allergies or dietary needs don't require you to go dairy free, you could use regular milk in place of the coconut milk.
If coffee isn't your style you could substitute the instant coffee with unsweetened cocoa powder... or leave it out all together!
In the last week three different people have shared recipes with me for Chocolate Avocado Pudding, telling me that it made them think of me. I think I am honored! Anddddd I think my love for all things creamy and chocolatey proceeds me.
Me being me… woke up this morning, craving chocolate. Me also being me, popped one of my 24 Calorie Banana Cocoa-Nut Bites to tide me over while I decided what to make. I usually go for a smoothie or chia seed, fruit and oat concoction in the morning. This morning the avocados and bananas AND chocolate were calling my name. After all the tempting photos of the combination of these three products I have seen this week I decided to give it a shot.
Me being me AGAIN couldn’t stop at the pudding level (although it was freaking delicious and I want to thank all my awesome friends who suggested these recipes to me!) I had to forge forward and put my chilled ice cream bowl to use! Must I remind you here that I approve of ice cream for breakfast? Well I do. Especially when it involves avocado, banana, chocolate, andddd PEANUT BUTTER! Sign me up! I am ready to dig in!
So I started with the frozen banana and avocado and whipped them up in my food processor until they were thick and creamy and delicious. Then I added in two LARGE tablespoons of cocoa powder. This brought me to the recipe you see all over the web for healthy chocolate pudding. It was super yummy! I have to admit I consumed a
small bowl at this stage before continuing.
Once these ingredients were blended…. and
tasted devoured… I thought about what I could add to make this the perfect mixture to swirl around in my ice cream maker. Almond milk was a give in. Next I thought chia seeds would add a nice texture both because of their tapioca like texture and their inner shell crunch when you bite in. I might be the first person ever to add chia to their ice cream but dare I say it turned out pretty damn good!
The mixture was delicious at this point but it needed one… or maybe two more things. Both of which I decided to add after adding it to the ice cream machine for a little more texture in the finished product.
So into the machine this creamy mix went. After about ten minutes the last two secret ingredients went in… Richard’s Creamy Peanut Butter anddddd Pure Clover Honey! I am not sure where my ingredient ideas stem from, but I am fairly certain that my willingness to experiment with different flavor combos is a good thing based on this ice cream!
Enjoy every mouthful! I dare you to stop at one serving!
!No Ice Cream Machine?
Place your mixture in the freezer in a shallow container and stir every 45 minutes for at least 4 hours. This is fairly time consuming but not horrible if you are working from home or make it after dinner while watching tv. The end result will not be as creamy but will still be delicious!
!Left Over? If you have left overs, be sure to seal container to avoid freezer burn. When you are ready to serve again, take out of freezer for 15-20 minutes before serving to allow it to thaw enough to scoop. it will freeze fairly hard but it thaws out perfectly!
If you plan to make ice cream or frozen yogurt even a few times a year I swear the investment in an ice cream machine like this is worth it!
You did it! Thanks for your patience! Yesterday was crazy. Sorry I didn’t get this recipe up until today but I promise it is worth the wait. Anyone else put off taxes and just realize they are due in three weeks? Oh or even worse.. put off getting health insurance and realize they only have a week left to get it from the MarketPlace? Well you can put me down for both of those and I decided to try and conquer both yesterday. NOT FUN AT ALL! Thankfully I knocked the insurance off the list and am working on the taxes.
I will be so excited when they are done so I can focus on getting some yoga info up here and some more saving advice 🙂
So I woke up yesterday craving chocolate and staring at a browning bunch of bananas. I told you this happens every time! Thankfully they were perfectly sweet and worked wonderfully in this recipe. I froze the rest for smoothies this week. Yum!
Maybe I am the only one
who lays in bed for hours falls asleep looking at Pinterest but that’s what I did again Sunday night. I found this awesome blog that reminded me of my Paleo, CrossFit crazy sister (love you Lainey!). Paleo recipes are a great place to start when you are looking for gluten free, dairy free and sugar free recipes. You can sometimes even find great vegan recipes which seems counter intuitive due to the large quantities of meat that many people following the Paleo lifestyle consume, but they also eat a lot of nuts and whole foods and are great at finding natural protein sources as well as natural sweeteners.
Anyways, not only does she share my love for frozen yogurt, but she also finds and creates great healthy recipes. She inspired my Banana Cocoa-Nut Bites with her Simple Flour-less Protein Cake. I am kinda obsessed with making things small and bite size so I can eat more. If you have ever read my about me page you know that I tend to choose quantity over quality. Not sure what that says about me. When I am making my own food though… I CHOOSE BOTH!
These Banana Cocoa-Nut Bites fit the bill! They taste amazing, have only 24 calories and 2.1 grams protein each ANDDDD you can indulge in 5 for a measly 120 calories and 10.5 grams protein!
I was so happy with the way these turned out. I had two yesterday and today before yoga and they gave me the perfect amount of energy without being too filling or causing my blood sugar to spike and crash. I normally have an apple or coconut water before class but I think these might be my new go too!
So I have a confession. Well it’s sort of a confession.. I made these today for No Milk Monday, but the protein powder I used does have whey in it. They are completely lactose free, but if you are trying to avoid ALL dairy and dairy products then you will need to find a protein powder that is completely dairy free. Here are some ideas: Dairy Free Protein Powders.
The protein powder seriously adds an amazing flavor so I highly recommend finding one you like! You could also try this with a Vanilla Protein Powder! I bet it would be super yummy! If you do, let me know! I would also love to hear about what dairy free protein powders you like. I would love to try a new one. I really need to switch to a plant based protein powder but haven’t found one I like yet!
The little bites will make you happy you have 24 of them! Once you pop I can promise you won’t wanna stop!
You can definitely make these in a regular muffin pan. They will probably need to bake slightly longer and of course just double the nutrition facts to calculate the nutrition for each one.
You could also make this is a glass or metal pan almost like cake or brownies and cut into desired size. Just be careful to watch cooking length if you change the pan size.
Happy St. Paddy’s Day!! I somehow managed to miss even a minute of celebrations this weekend and I haven’t decided yet whether I am happy or sad about this. I was planning on going out for a little while tonight with some friends, but I am on about to leave on a last minute 36 hour trip
(check back tomorrow for the reason why! It is wayyyyy better than any amount of smooth Jameson and creamy Guinness I promise!) I’m an auntie!!! On my way to meet my NEPHEW!!!! Ahhh so excited!!!!
Omg!!!! I’m already in love!!!
Meet my nephew!!
That all being said, I was in a rush this morning and needed a quick energy boost before I hit the road. Since it is St. Patrick’s Day and No Milk Monday I figured a healthy green smoothie would be perfect! I absolutely love smoothies (it’s essentially melted healthy ice cream… ok not really but I trick myself into thinking this sometimes! I don’t think my Magic Bullet (this is the best price I have seen anywhere!!) has been clean for more than 24 hours since I bought it two years ago! I use it for everything!
I love that I can literally pre-make a smoothie at night (minus the liquid and greens) and put it in the freezer for the morning. When I am walking out the door I throw my greens and almond milk in and I am ready to go in less than two minutes! Yummmm!!! And there is no mess! Blender = Cup = Awesome!!
If you wanted to plan a head you could even use all the awesome containers that the Magic Bullet comes with and portion out multiple smoothies! I always have a freezer full of fruit, either store bought or cut up and frozen for smoothies. Not only dos it save the fruit from doing bad, you can also thaw it out for baking, ice cream, smoothies or just to munch on on a hot day! It is crazy how much freezing bananas changes their texture. Although they are better when you turn them into the World’s Healthiest Ice Cream, they still have an amazing creamy texture straight out of the freezer for a late night snack! One of these days I am going to melt some dark chocolate and dip frozen fruit in it and take drool worthy photos for all of you!
I use unsweetened almond milk in almost all my smoothies and try to add some greens, chia seeds (which help reduce food cravings, help you stay hydrated, lower blood pressure & are rich in Omega-3), flaxseeds (which are also rich in Omega-3’s as well as a excellent source of protein, fiber, and minerals such as magnesium and copper), or all the above to every one. My favorite fruits to add are strawberries, bananas, mango and blueberries, although I pretty much love all fruit. Some berries like raspberries and blackberries can leave you with a lot of seeds which I don’t love, but if it doesn’t bother you then be my guest!
I also love adding natural nut butters for extra protein or chocolate chunks for my sweet tooth… hey, who said you can’t have chocolate for breakfast! And on that note, who said you can only have a smoothie at breakfast time! NOT ME! Some of my favorite smoothie concoctions happen when I am trying to resist the ice cream in the freezer by making a healthy frozen treat instead.
I apologize that I don’t have any fun photos of the ingredients for this smoothie but as I said I was in a rush… I may or may not be writing this for an airport… 🙂
Every blender works a little differently in terms of strength so you might need to play with the amounts for consistency purposes but the end result should be thick and creamy from the Almond Milk, Chia Seeds and Flax Seed Meal.
If you use a Magic Bullet or a Nutri Bullet (which I have never tried but have heard it's pretty much exactly the same as the Magic Bullet but possibly a tiny bit stronger) I recommend putting the frozen fruit in first, then the Almond Milk, then Chia Seeds and Flax Seed Meal, and finally the spinach. This probably isn't necessary but once or twice I have had the greens and/or seeds get stuck at the top of the blender. It's an easy fix but this should assure you don't run into any issues!
Oh. My. Goodness! My mouth is so happy right now! I should be in bed for my early morning Bikram class, but naturally I needed dessert and decided to try out the one ingredient ice cream you have probably been seeing all over the internet. Like I mentioned in my post about Chocolate Banana Muffins, I pretty much always have sliced bananas in my freezer for smoothies and snacking, so I was in the clear for the first step of the recipe.
Not only does this recipe only require one ingredient, it is also the easiest recipe ever! If you follow my lead with frozen bananas you can literally whip this up any time of day in about 5 minutes! It takes me longer than that to brush my hair and teeth in the morning! Heck! You could make this for breakfast whileeee you are brushing your hair and teeth!! Told you I find acceptable ways to incorporate ice cream into my diet at all times! 😉
I won’t make you wait to much longer before getting to this amazingness below but I want to make sure you check out the notes section for ideas about add ins. I am pointing this out BEFORE you start the process because as you will see momentarily, the ice cream begins to melt very quickly. Once it is finished you definitely want to gobble it up or put it in some tupperware for later… right away (there is no way to make that sentence sound right).
I also want to mention that this entire recipe for one only has 105 calories, trace amounts of fat, 3.1 grams of fiber, 1.3 grams of protein and 422 milligrams potassium! You could even add peanut butter and enjoy this after your hot, sweaty workout for the perfect protein boost!
Mmmmm I might have to do that tomorrow after class! 105 degrees in the hot room… 105 calories in a banana…. coincidence?? I think not! I added strawberries to mine, but I may or may not have eaten half before the second half of the pictures were taken… SORRY!! You can see how fast is started to melt in my attempts to get the perfect pictures!
This recipe can easily be modified to make large batches (although you will probably want to make multiple small batches with more bananas instead of one large batch so your food processor doesn't freak out).
Want even more banana ice cream fun?? ADD IN IDEAS -peanut butter -cocoa powder -jam -berries (fresh or frozen) -chocolate chips -vanilla extract -cinnamon *or anything else your heart desires!
Mix it up! Play with this recipe plain or make it your own with a bunch of add ins and toppings!