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!

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Reader Response:

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24 Calorie Banana Cocoa-Nut Bites (No Milk Monday)

Banana Cocoa-Nut Bites

BANANA COCOA-NUT BITES!!!

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, 24 Calories!!!

Banana Cocoa Nut Bites
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.

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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!

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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.

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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!
Banana Cocoa Nut Bites
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!

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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.Banana Cocoa Nut Bites
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!
Banana Cocoa Nut Bites
The little bites will make you happy you have 24 of them! Once you pop I can promise you won’t wanna stop!

Also check out last week’s No Milk Monday recipe: St. Paddy’s Protein Smoothie

24 Calorie Banana Cocoa-Nut Bites (No Milk Monday)

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 24 mini muffins/12 regular muffins

Serving Size: 1... or 5 🙂

Calories per serving: 24... or 120 (for 5)

Fat per serving: 0.7... or 3.5 (for 5), 2.1... or 10.5 protein (for

24 Calorie Banana Cocoa-Nut Bites (No Milk Monday)

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Peel and mash up your banana really well in a bowl. (I used my mixer after I mashed them to get them extra nice and creamy)
  3. Mix all dry ingredients (chocolate protein powder, unsweetened cocoa powder, cinnamon, Pumpkin Pie Spice, and baking soda. Stir well to remove all clumps.
  4. Whip the egg and egg white in a separate bowl until like and airy.
  5. With a fork, combine the egg mixture and the beaten bananas.
  6. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet until well mixed but not over beaten.
  7. Spray your muffin pan with a baking oil spray or line pan with baking cups
  8. With a pour spout mixing bowl or a large spoon, pour the mixture into the muffin pan (preferably not as messily as I did)
  9. Sprinkle your chopped nuts... or chocolate chips or banana chunks or whatever else your heart desires that you think would be yummy!
  10. Bake in the middle rack for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  11. Let cool in the pan till you can carefully pop each one out onto a cooling rack.
  12. DEVOUR AT LEAST ONE WHILE WARM!

Notes

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.

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Banana Cocoa Nut Bites

Reader Response:

  • What is you favorite protein powder? Is it plant based?
  • Are you a quality over quantity kinda person?
  • How do you feel about chocolate for breakfast?

St. Paddy’s Protein Smoothie

St. Paddy's Protein Smoothie

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!!!
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Meet my nephew!!

St. Pat's Smoothie

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!

St. Paddy's Protein Smoothie

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!!

St. Pat's Smoothie

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!

St. Pat's Smoothie

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.

St. Paddy's Protein SmoothieI 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… 🙂

Enjoy a drink for me today! Whether it is a healthy green smoothie or a tall pint of a Guinness… here’s to you! Sláinte!

St. Paddy’s Protein Smoothie

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 smoothie

Serving Size: about 10 oz

Calories per serving: 147

Fat per serving: 4.8, Protein: 3.8 grams

St. Paddy’s Protein Smoothie

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. You can pretty much throw all of these ingredients in your blender and enjoy!

Notes

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!

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St. Pat's Smoothie

Reader Response:

  • How did you spend your St. Patrick’s Day?
  • Are you enjoying No Milk Monday‘s?
  • What are your favorite smoothie ingredients?
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