A couple of weeks ago, I had a real craving for ice cream. I had been out and about with my family for the afternoon and just felt the need for something sweet to complete my day. I dashed into the market and grabbed 2 cartons of coconut milk ice cream. It wasn’t until I got back into the car that I realized those TINY little cartons were $5 a piece! What?! Now financially committed to my craving, we drove home and dished out the ice cream. While it was as hard as a rock, it still tasted lovely and quelled my sweet tooth. I felt satisfied.
Until the sugar kicked in. My children started running back and forth down the hallway, screaming and doing “ninja kicks.” We don’t give them refined sugar very often for this very reason. They react quite strongly to processed sugar. I on the other hand, got a headache as soon as the sugar buzz wore off. Ironically, as soon as my head began throbbing, the kids all melted down in one simultaneous spiral of emotion. There were toys and shoes and clothes all over the house akin to the aftermath of a grenade. Arguments and tears ensued. Thank goodness it was bedtime.
For all of those scientific studies out there that try to debunk the sugar-high/crash theory… I call bull. These “scientists” clearly don’t have children of their own. I invite them to spend a few hours with my kids after a bowl of ice cream to conduct their next research study.
As I put the kids to bed, I thought, I only have myself to blame for the chaos of the evening. I could have just made my own ice cream! It’s something we do quite often, but I got caught in the instant gratification of buying premade cartons. Silly me.
If you have spent any length of time on Instagram or Pinterest, you have seen recipes for banana ice cream (or NICE-Cream as it is affectionately referred to in the plant-based and vegan communities). The basic concept is to take frozen bananas slices and whiz them in the food processor until they become a creamy treat. It has the consistency of soft-serve ice cream with zero guilt.
Over the years I have made many versions of nice-cream; mint chocolate chip, peanut butter, chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, blueberry. The possibilities are endless and so simple once you have the process down. As long as you have banana slices in your freezer, you’re just minutes away from a 100% healthy dessert.
After a bit of experimentation, I discovered that I could add those all-important dark leafy greens to nice cream and up the nutrition factor without sacrificing the flavor. I also added some spirulina powder for a more intense green color and even more amazing health benefits.
Spirulina? Isn’t that an algae? Why yes it is! Let’s see why this powder might be your new favorite addition to smoothies and nice-creams.
Spirulina: Rich in vitamin a and a variety of b vitamins, this blue-green algae is also high in protein and iron. It contains all of the essential amino acids that our bodies need, making it a “complete protein.” Studies have shown spirulina to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties as well as lowering LDL, triglycerides, and blood pressure. New research is even linking daily spirulina ingestion to reduction in allergic rhinitis.
Are you ready for a deliciously creamy and healthy treat? Let’s do this!
Kale Mango Banana Nice-Cream
- 4 frozen bananas, sliced (I slice mine before I freeze them)
- 1 large mango, peeled and de-pitted (or 2 small ones)
- 2 cups baby kale (BABY is the key-dinosaur kale will ruin the texture)
- ½ tsp Spirulina Powder
- optional toppings: crushed nuts, shredded coconut, raw cacao nibs, hemp seeds, rawnola
- Place all the ingredients in your food processor* and blend on high until creamy. You may need to stop and scrape the sides down a few times depending on your food processor.
- Scoop into bowls and garnish however you’d like. Serves about 4 large scoops
*You will need to do this in a food processor, not a blender. I have no experience with the Yonanas machine. I have seen people (online) make nice-cream with a Vitamix using the tamper attachment. I have a Ninja system and it took all of 90 seconds for all of the ingredients to combine, no stopping to scrape or stir. I LOVE my Ninja. I am not sponsored by Ninja. I just like their products 🙂
Have you tried banana nice-cream yet? Comment below!
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