Strawberries & Cream Ice-Cream

Strawberries & Cream Ice Cream

Did someone say ice cream? For breakfast? While maintain a healthy, healing lifestyle and feeling fantastic – sans nausea, headaches & blocked nasal passages from dairy ice-cream? Count me in.

 

I’ve always loved ice-cream. I have such fond memories of licking on ice-cream cones brimming with double chocolate, fudge & mint scoops of decadent, rich, animal-product laden ice-cream and eating my favorite magnums (Death by Chocolate … duh) with my pops while bathing in the summer sun in the botanical gardens, here in little old Grahamstown. One thing that often accompanies those memories, particularly as I got older, was the inevitable feelings of nausea or mucus that I experienced as a result of those indulgent, wondrous moments of innocent ice-cream loving. When I started to become more ethically aware; when I started making the connection between the dairy industry & the suffering that goes on in those environments, I couldn’t contribute to that any longer, either. It’s true that our dollar is our vote, and something as simple as buying a R15 ice cream is voting for and supporting animal cruelty & suffering. Never mind the suffering you’re putting your body through by eating such processed, unnatural, hard to digest foods that contain little to no nutritional value.

 

BUT, fear not! No one said anything about forgoing the pleasures of the ice-cream world entirely, it’s simply about finding new creative ways to engage with & create your food. Behold the banana ice-cream miracle. I’m sure most of you might have heard of banana ice cream – if you haven’t, it’s simply the process of freezing ripe bananas and then blending them with whatever flavorings you desire, to create the best, most wondrous gelato-like ice-cream. Rich, creamy, decadent and tasty – and BONUS, totally totally health supportive, nutrient dense, light but still oh-so satisfying.

 

What’s amazing about this idea is that your imagination is your only limit – you can create any flavor, combination & exotic fruity ice-cream you desire. You can make them creamy and gelato-like, or you can use the same concept and make a fresh, icy sorbet for those hot summer days where you’re wanting something a little less creamy and a little more icy and “fresh” tasting by simply blending your favorite frozen fruit (think papaya & lime sorbet, strawberry & blueberry sorbet with mint).

 

The almighty banana:

·     Bananas are native to Southeast Asia, but have now become a global fruit, being cultivated & grown in warmer parts all around the world today

·     There are many different types, varieties, flavors, sizes, shapes and textures. The most common being: Dwarf Cavendish bananas, Giant Cavendish bananas, Apple bananas, Musa “silk” bananas or otherwise known as Latundan bananas.

·     Bananas are high in a variety of essential nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese, vitamin C and vitamin B6 as well as various antioxidants - making them a high-nutrient food.

·     Bananas contain pectin and resistant starch which in tandem help to regulate blood sugar levels. The resistant starch in bananas turns to natural sugar as the banana ripens, making bananas an amazing and stead-fast source of energy, while still ranking low-medium on the GI scale.

·     Two of the most potent antioxidants found in bananas are called dopamine and catechins – these antioxidants have been linked to having many healing and health benefits as well as being strong in preventative health.

·     Bananas are a perfect food for post or pre-workout (or for exercise in general) due to their high mineral and vitamin content as well as their ease of digestion and good energy. It is also said that bananas help to reduce muscle & exercise related cramps.

·     Bananas are also an immensely convenient food – the original fast food, if you will.

 

Ingredients

·     2-3 medium-large ripe bananas (depending on how much ice-cream you’d like), frozen for several hours or preferably overnight

·     ½ - ¾ cup frozen strawberries

·     2 fresh medjool dates

·     1-2 tablespoons of water for blending (optional – use if needed)

·     ½ tablespoon of coconut milk/coconut cream for garnish (optional)

·     ½ tablespoon maple syrup/agave/brown rice syrup(optional)

·     1 tablespoon toasted seeds (pumpkin & sunflower)

·     ½ tablespoon toasted coconut (optional)

 

Method:

1.       Take the frozen bananas out of the freezer, chop up to help make the blending process easier. Let them sit at room temperature for about 2 minutes to slightly soften.

2.    Place the bananas and frozen strawberries into the food processor or blender along with the dates and blend. If needed, blend with the 1-2 tablespoons of water until it’s a smooth, gelato-like consistency.

3.    Place in your serving bowl, top with toasted seeds, coconut cream, toasted coconut & syrup and TUCK IN. 

4. What's amazing, too - is using this recipe in other fun, creative & delicious ways. Like these divine ice-cream sandwiches!