Banana “Ice Cream”

11 Jul

In a very sane, balanced, totally no judgmental way I’d say we are pretty health nutty in our household.  We do our best to make sure that the goodness of healthy choices translates over to our toddler each day as well- even if that sometimes equates to a 48 hour black bean and raspberry eating binge in her two year old world.  I might even venture out and say that we are downright responsible consumers…. until there is ice cream on the table.

Ice cream = All bets are off

Portion control on a large carton?  No way- eat the carton. Buy the pint cartons? Eat multiple cartons. Buy only one tiny, single serving carton? Run to the store to buy a bigger carton.  It’s 1.2 miles from my front door to the ice cream freezer section and I can carry a pint in each hand on the run back if need be.  Just watch me pick of the pace so it wont melt.

Heck, the hubs and I even did a stint as raw vegans and- until the little one started eating solids- we might have been able to keep it up for good had ice cream never been invented.  But alas, it was invented.  Even more damaging is the fact that our taste buds know that it exists so we can’t pretend that it doesn’t.  No matter how hard we try to boycot it’s existence in the confines of our fortress of healthy choices, Goofy will inevitably have an ice cream stand on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse during the measly 23 minutes of screen time my daughter chooses or the grandparents will gift her a nifty felt build-your-own-ice-cream-sundae stacking set and the next thing you know I get caught licking the television or trying to squirrel away a woolen mound of chocolate “ice cream” with rainbow sprinkles.  Honestly, that’s just embarrassing.  I’m a 30 year old woman, for crying out loud.

Luckily for me… and Daddy… and my daughter’s future ability to control herself around make believe food items, we’ve discovered banana “ice cream” which isn’t ice cream at all but frozen bananas with non-dairy milk, vanilla, and cinnamon.

The texture is right, the flavor is right, and since I only make it by the serving I have to put just enough thought and effort into my consumption that overeating would be laborious.  That’s not to say it’s difficult- because it certainly isn’t- but it’s just the right amount of effort to make me think before I eat.

Even better, baby girl prefers this the real ice cream which makes me a happy mama!

Go Running Mama- Banana "Ice Cream"

Banana “Ice Cream”

  • 2-3 very ripe bananas, sliced and frozen
  • *non-dairy milk, enough to cover the blades of your blender
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Direction: Add ingredients to blender and blend until smooth, using tamper to incorporate frozen banana slices as needed

Serves: 2 adults and 1 toddler

*Hemp milk is a great choice in this recipe to amp up the nutrient density without sacrificing flavor.  The bananas are sweet enough that milk really isn’t lending much flavor to the finished product.

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