Gluten Free on the Go: Survival of the fittest… Or at least the most prepared!

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Go Gluten Free on the Go

Sometimes surviving the “hangery” phase requires creative thinking and planning ahead!

Check out a few of these recipes for perfect on the go snacks:
24 Calorie Banana Cocoa Nut Bites

24 Calorie Banana Cocoa Nut Bites

Black Bean Zucchini Brownies

Black Bean Zucchini Brownies

Chewy Chocolate Banana Flax Muffins

Chewy Chocolate Banana Flax Muffins

I hope these tips make your holiday weekend a little easier! Happy Memorial Day!

Vanilla Coffee Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream (Secretly Healthy!!)

Vanilla Coffee Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

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.

The answer: Vanilla Coffee Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream.

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.Worlds Healthiest Ice Cream

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!

I am pretty positive the ingredients speak for themselves this time!

frozen bananas

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)

Good night!! 🙂

Vanilla Coffee Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream (SCERETLY HEALTHY)

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 3 hours

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes

Yield: 4 1/2 cups

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Calories per serving: 108

Fat per serving: 1.9

Vanilla Coffee Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream (SCERETLY HEALTHY)

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Chop banana into 1/4 - 1/2 inch chunks. don't try to skip the cutting up of the banana stage... trust me on this... your food processor will not be happy!
  2. Lay on a plate or baking pan.
  3. Place in freezer for minimum 3 hours... the results better if you can wait over night though.
  4. Once frozen, remove tray from freezer.
  5. Place all banana chunks, 1/4 cup of the coconut milk and the vanilla extract
  6. in a food processor.
  7. Now for the easiest and the hardest step: BLEND! I suggest doing this on high and scrapping it down every 30 seconds or so. Depending on your food processor this will take any where for two - six minutes, give or take a minute or two. Don't give up when it looks like you are getting no where. I promise that the stage of chopped up banana to ice cream happens quickly!
  8. When the banana mixture is thick and creamy like ice cream, add the instant coffee and the other 1/4 cup coconut milk. Blend till mixed.
  9. Add chocolate chunks until they are chopped till your liking (longer for smaller chunks).
  10. Scoop into a bowl and enjoy! (or just stick your spoon in the food processor AFTER you unplug it!!!!) YOU'RE WELCOME!!

Notes

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!

OR

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.

OR

If coffee isn't your style you could substitute the instant coffee with unsweetened cocoa powder... or leave it out all together!

http://www.andasideoficecream.com/2014/04/15/vanilla-coffee-chocolate-chunk-ice-cream-secretly-healthy/

Reader Response:

  • Want even more banana ice cream fun?? What would you add in this ice cream?
  • MY IDEAS: -peanut butter -cocoa powder -jam -berries (fresh or frozen) -cinnamon -chopped nuts
  • Have you seen my recipe for the World’s Healthiest Ice Cream??

Twisted Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Twisted Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Twisted Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Because Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Avocado Ice Cream was a mouthful!
A delicious one at that!!

Avocado Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

awesome quote via a Talenti Gelato container!

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.

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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.

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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!
Avocado Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
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.

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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!

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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.
Avocado Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice CreamSo 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!

With no further ado, I present to you the biggest mouthful of an ice cream flavor ever! Twisted Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream!

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Enjoy every mouthful! I dare you to stop at one serving!

Twisted Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4.5 cups

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Calories per serving: 141

Fat per serving: 9.7

Twisted Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place ice cream machine bowl in freezer at least 8 hours (preferably 24... if it is not completely frozen this will not work!) before starting. Must be frozen completely! See your machine's specific directions for this step!
  2. You can do this all at the same time or step by step to taste the different flavor combos
  3. Cut your avocado in half, carefully remove the pit and scrap the flesh into the food processor.
  4. Add frozen banana chunks, cocoa, chia seeds, and Almond Milk.
  5. Taste to assure flavor is to your liking. You can add sweetener at this point if you would like a sweeter end product. this is NOT sweet ice cream. I recommend adding agave, honey or sugar in that raw if you want it to be sweet
  6. Place mixture in the freezer for ten minutes to ensure it is completely chilled (it is essential that your ice cream/frozen yogurt base is very cold when you place it in your machine).
  7. Remove base of machine from the freezer and assemble just moments before pouring your mixture in.
  8. Once assembled, turn on based on your machines directions and pour the ice cream mixture in.
  9. Depending on your machine and the temp and volume of your mixture, the freezing process should take 10-20 minutes (mine took about 15 minutes).
  10. If you would like to add peanut butter (or nuts or any other ingredient) gently pour in when mixture is almost completely frozen.
  11. When the mixture is frozen, scoop out with a non-metal spoon/scraper into a Tupperware container with a tight fitting lid.
  12. You can serve immediately (will still be slightly soft) or you can freeze for about 20-30 minutes for a slightly more frozen consistency.
  13. Scoop! Eat! Enjoy!

Notes

!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!

http://www.andasideoficecream.com/2014/03/31/twisted-chocolate-peanut-butter-ice-cream/

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Reader Response:

  • What do you wake up craving?
  • Do you prefer homemade ice cream or store bought?
  • What’s your favorite way to use avocados?

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