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Summer time means ice cream. When the weather is as hot as it has been, it usually means plenty of ice cream, and I have a Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream recipe for you that will fix your ice cream cravings, but is low in calories and fat too.
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that this is the best thing I have ever discovered. I could devour a tub of Ben and Jerry’s in a matter of minutes if I let myself (yes, I do still eat Ben and Jerry’s occasionally), but that isn’t a healthy choice, so instead I found a way to make a healthier version, that is just as delicious.
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I see you are shaking your head thinking this can’t be possible. But trust me on this – have I ever lied to you before? This actually tastes like ice cream! A few people have said that it tastes too bananary (is that a word?) to them, but they have then said that they hate bananas, so that might be why. Anyone that likes banana won’t think that it is overly bananary and you can add other flavours to change the flavour too.
I always put frozen bananas into my smoothies to make them sweet, creamy and a more frozen texture and then I thought, isn’t that just what ice cream is? What if I just blended the banana. So I did. Oh my! Hello healthy ice cream for around 100 calories. This recipe is actually in my book too, so if you have a copy of that, you might have tried this already. If you haven’t picked up a copy of my book yet, Hungry Healthy Happy is available on Amazon and in all good book stores.
You guys know one of my favourite things to talk about is the weather, right? Whether I am moaning about it being too cold and rainy, or wishing it was hot and then complaining about it, us Brits just love the weather. Well, we actually got a heatwave and it was GLORIOUS! It was too hot to work, so Dave and I decided to take the day off and go to the seaside – Blackpool more specifically.
I thought, maybe I should stay at home and work, because that is the sensible thing to do, but then I thought about the Weight Watchers #WomanKind campaign that I am part of and I thought that includes taking time off to enjoy life too. Being kind to ourselves is so much more than the food we eat or the workouts we do, it’s about taking some time out to spend time with the people we love.
What I love about Weight Watchers too, and it’s what made me start my weight loss with them in the first place, is that nothing is off limits, you just work it in to the plan. So, we enjoyed some traditional fish and chips by the sea and then some ice cream, which melted all over my hands too quickly for me to be able to take a photo of it.
We played the 2p machines and bingo in the amusements, Dave tried to win some toys for the baby, we walked for miles along the beach and we saw a jelly fish! The perfect way to spend a sunny day in England.
When we got home, after a nearly 2 hours train journey (I hate living so far from the beach) it was still so insanely hot and we wanted ice cream again. Even in that heat we couldn’t justify having more “real” ice cream, and then I remembered that there were bananas in the freezer to make this – problem solved! This is low in calories and fat, and just 2 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.
First I blended just a banana, to keep it simple and then I took it one step further. Oh yes – I live on the edge! I added cocoa powder and made chocolate ice cream. SO GOOD! The list is *almost* endless of the things you can add to make different flavours – I wouldn’t recommend bacon though. Here are some things you should try adding (maybe not all at the same time though):
– Nut butter (homemade peanut butter is my favourite)
– Other frozen fruits (strawberries or pineapple work well)
– A tiny bit of orange juice, or orange zest
– Chilli flakes
I know some of you have one of those Yonana machines to make this, but you seriously don’t need a specific machine. Just a food processor. I recommend everyone get a food processor anyway (you can pick them up fairly cheap) as they are a kitchen essential for me, but it’s especially important for this recipe as you don’t want to burn your food processor out.
How to make this Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream
Healthy Chocolate Nice Cream
- 2 Bananas, peeled and cut into slices that have been frozen for at least 4 hours
- 2 tbsp Cocoa powder (unsweetened)
- Put the frozen banana slices into a food processor with the cocoa powder and blend until it forms a creamy ice cream consistency. You will need to stop the food processor a few times to scrape down the sides and start blending again, but it will start to form ice cream after a few minutes.
- Nut butter (homemade peanut butter is my favourite)
- Other frozen fruits (strawberries or pineapple work well)
- A tiny bit of orange juice, or orange zest
- Chilli flakes (yes, chilli flakes! Chilli chocolate is amazing!)
Weight Watchers SmartPoints: 2
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