Welp, I've been trying my hand at the 'no sugar thing'... and let's just say this body of mine is WAY too in love with sugar. Chocolate, in particular. I actually believe it's the way to my heart. It's also the way to my booty getting a little too bootylicious.
While my daily chocolate intake has subsided the sugar craving post dinner is real real. I'll open my fridge looking for something sweet to satisfy the craving and instead find carrots. Buzz kill. Carrots are almost the same as chocolate, right? Wrong.
ALAS, I've concocted a delightfully delicious and oh so nutritious treat to enjoy without the guilt. Now bananas still are quite high in natural sugars, but if you're watching your intake throughout the day a little potassium stick never hurt nobody.
There are loads of benefits to eating bananas, but most importantly for me they are rich in pectin, aiding in digestion and gently releasing toxins and heavy metals from the body. They also act as a prebiotic stimulating growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel. Constipated? High fiber in bananas can help normalize bowel motility. Got the runs? Bananas are soothing to the digestive tract and help restore lost electorlytes after diarrhea. Not that we're through with the poop talk (phew) they are also the only raw fruit that can be consumed without distress to relieve stomach ulcers by coating the lining of the stomach against acids. Are you convinced yet?
I've seen a handful of variations of this recipe and thought I'd give it a shot myself. Below is what I've experimented with but I highly recommend using this as a base and including your own variations. Adding your own flavor to life is what it's all about after all.
All you need is a couple ingredients and a powerful blender (or food processor) and you're on your way to pure, delightful, high fives and (n)ice cream bliss.
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1/4 cup nut milk (I used coconut milk)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tbsp cacao nibs
- dash of cinnamon
- optional toppings:
- granola (I used raw-nola from santa monica co-op)
- fruit of choice for topping (strawberries are my jam)
- Peel and slice bananas - store in the freezer for at least two hours
- I've always got these babies on hand, they are great for morning smoothies as well! I recommend just freezing a whole bunch as soon as they are ready to eat.
- Place all ingredients (minus the toppings) in a food processor or high powered blender and BLEND THAT BABY ON UP
- Keep blending - the bananas will look crumbly at first
- Keep blending - the mixture will eventually turn into a gooey texture
- Make some magic - pour the mixture into a bowl and top with your toppings of choice
A couple other things I've tried in the mixture for when you're feeling frisky...
- spoonful of peanut butter
- drizzle of honey
- vanilla bean paste
- frozen blueberries (if you're not so into chunky monkey style)