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Raw Banana Ice Cream


   Nov 30

Raw Banana Ice Cream

A few years ago my sister and I became  raw foodies.  I read book after book on raw foods and the raw food lifestyle and experimented more in my kitchen than ever before.  I even took classes to become a certified raw foods chef and joined the “raw divas”.  All of a sudden, a collard leaf became a wrap for veggie burgers, cream sauces were made out of cashews, and spaghetti was made out of zucchini!

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Sprouted black eyed peas

Raw foods not only changed how I looked at a humble carrot, but also helped me to detox.  I enjoyed juice fasts, added green smoothies to my daily diet, and even did a water fast.

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living veggie burgers

Despite all of that, there is a downfall to only eating raw foods and to the raw food movement in general: the idea that cleansing can cure anything.  Once I did all the cleansing that I could my body was ready to rebuild, not cleanse. Now balance is the method to my madness when it comes to healthy eating.  One recipe I always go back to from my raw food days  is raw banana ice cream.  It’s a treat ready in seconds and makes the perfect snack or dessert.  For a snack add chopped walnuts and for dessert add chocolate chips.  This recipe is very simple, so have fun with it and add any ingredients that you like.  I included below a plain banana ice cream recipe as well as a Cherries Garcia option.  Quick, go peel your bananas, put them in a zip lock bag, and toss them in the freezer!  They’ll be ready for this creamy delight tomorrow.

Raw Banana Ice Cream

Yes, I’m letting you know you can have ice cream and feel good about it.  Unfortunately, we ate ours too fast and I don’t have a photo, so you’ll just have to make it yourself to see what it looks like icon smile Raw Banana Ice Cream

Ingredients:

4 frozen bananas

1 T vanilla extract

pinch of salt

1/4-1/2 cup mini chocolate chips or chunks (optional)

Instructions:

Pulse frozen bananas in the food processor using the “S” blade to about the size of peas. Add salt and vanilla extract, and continue processing until you reach a soft-serve consistency.  I did stop to scrape down the sides several times.

To this mix, toss in the chocolate chunks. Pulse three or four more times.  This makes 2-4 servings.  Enjoy immediately, or freeze for future use!   Feel free to make any flavor combination changes.

Cherries Garcia Soft Serve Ice Cream

Ingredients:

4 frozen bananas

3/4 cup fresh or frozen pitted cherries, partially thawed

1/2 tsp cherry extract or vanilla

1/4-1/2 cup mini chocolate chips or chunks

Instructions:

Pulse frozen bananas in the food processor using the “S” blade to about the size of peas. Then add half the pitted cherries, about 1/2 a cup, and 1/2 a teaspoon of cherry or vanilla extract, and continue processing until a soft-serve consistency is reached.  I did stop to scrape down the sides several times.

To this mix, toss in the chocolate chunks and the rest of the cherries. Pulse three or four more times.  This makes 2-4 servings.  Enjoy immediately, or freeze for future use!   Feel free to make any flavor combination changes.

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I will be demonstrating how to make my raw banana ice cream at the grand opening of The Wellness Center in Pace , Florida (4958 Hwy 90  Pace, FL 32571) today (11/30/11).  I would love to see you there. The events begin at 4 pm and I’ll be doing my demonstration at 4:30.  Check out the links section for more info on The Wellness Center/Simply with Herbs.

This post linked with Slightly Indulgent Tuesday

Were you a raw foodie at one point?  Are you still?  Whats’ your favorite raw food creation?

-Melanie

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One Comment

  1. eleni says:

    mmmm that ice cream is so good! i think my favorite raw food creation is anything with cashew cheese. and of course raw cheesecake. i remember when you did those juice and water fasts…it wasnt even me and im still amazed at the experience!

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