Monday, February 27, 2012

Banana-berry cocoa ice cream

Ok, so it's not reallyice cream.. but it's a delicious, fruity, low calorie treat that will happily replace your occasional (or daily) bowl of ice cream! Feel free to get fun and funky with it. May I suggest a tsp of peanut butter in place of the strawberries for a fat burning alternative? How about blueberries? Sprinkle chopped almonds on top for a deliciously crunchy addition! The possibilities are endless! The only thing you can't skip is the banana, as it is what gives this ice cream its creamy and decadent texture! Otherwise you'll end up with a sorbet type dish, and if that's your thing, go for it. Personally I like it creamy!

Banana-berry cocoa ice cream:

1 ripe banana (go organic.. the taste difference is worth it!)

1-3 tbsp cocoa powder ( I say the darker the better!)

3-4 medium strawberries

In a smoothie maker/small blender, add the strawberries and the banana and pulse until smooth. You might want to chop up the banana first to make it easier to blend. Once it's smooth, add the cocoa powder and blend again until it's combined. Pour it into a small ziplock bag and put it in the freezer. If you want to eat the ice cream that day, you can make the process easier by squishing the bag every few hours to make sure it doesn't freeze up all the way. If you're eating it sometime in the future, just make sure you take the bag out of the freezer a bit before you plan on eating it, let it thaw just a bit, and then pulse it in the blender again until the texture is smooth and creamy! It will get there, trust me!

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