Ahh, what better way to enjoy this snowy weather than to make some homemade ice cream? Not just any ice cream. A healthy homemade ice cream might I add. How so? Well let’s first define what an unhealthy type of ice cream consist of…It usually includes added sugar and a plethora of ingredients that you probably can not pronounce. Don’t worry I still love my pint of Hagan Daaz once in a while too, but one thing I know is that it’s not good for me on a regular basis…
What if you could make an ice cream with all natural ingredients, no added sugar, yet it still was sweet and delicious and don’t forget much healthier for your body?! Now I do want to add a quick disclaimer: Even with this homemade ice cream, moderation is still a key factor. Although it is a healthier version and good for you in many ways, you don’t want to go downing a tub of it every day. Remember, too much of a good thing can sometimes not make it so good for you anymore.
Now that I have that out of the way, let’s get down to it! Over the past few days I’ve combined multiple recipes to create two very delicious ice cream recipes for you to try for yourself. Both recipes are quick and easy!
Banana Date Ice Cream
The first one consist of 1/2 to 3/4 can of organic coconut milk, 2 frozen bananas, 10 medjool pitted dates, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract.
Cacao Honey Banana Ice Cream
Now onto recipe number 2! If you usually like a subtle chocolate taste, this one is for you! Also, this recipe will make more ice cream if making it for a family instead. You’ll need 1/2 can of coconut milk, 2 frozen bananas, 20 medjool pitted dates, 1 tbsp. all natural honey, 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract, 1/8 tsp cinnamon, 2 tbsp. organic cacao powder (yum!!!), and I’ll be honest because it didn’t end up having enough liquid to form the consistency I wanted and I did not want to add water, I added about 1 1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (but trust me, it still came out great.)
Directions: For each ice cream, I used my Nutribullet blender to combine the ingredients, but feel free to use a blender or processor of choice. First, you begin by blending the frozen bananas and coconut milk until it becomes a smooth consistency. Then add the pitted and chopped up date pieces, along with any remaining ingredients and blend. You may have to pulse the blender once or twice to get it to a consistency you like. You will most likely have fine pieces of date, which is absolutely fine. Once blended, pour into a freezer safe container and put into freezer overnight.
By the way, if you like nuts like walnuts or pecans, feel free to throw in a handful on top of any recipe!
And wallah, here are my finished products. These ice creams were much sweeter than imagined, especially because I had never really eaten a date before. Once again, I must reiterate that this sweet treat should also be consumed in moderation, but what better way to eat ice cream than to know YOU MADE IT and it’s all natural and healthy? You can’t beat that!
If you try any of these recipes, make sure to comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me what you think. Maybe you added something else that you thought would taste good (a healthy something, of course :)) or you just want to share your experience, I’d love to hear from you.