I am an avid snacker. That used to mean terrible processed chips and sugar but these days I tend to stick with my paleo favorites, thank goodness. My weakness was always ice cream. I could eat pints of the stuff if I would have allowed it. Quickly after beginning a paleo diet I learned about banana “ice cream” that was 100% paleo.
I still have friends who are beginning to eat more primal or paleo that call me saying they just want ice cream. Or they just need chocolate. I tell them to first, breathe, and then not to cave- instead seek out the tons and tons of paleo friendly alternatives before throwing in the towel, because it is 100% possible to enjoy “treats” while also sticking with primal/paleo.
After a long day, and exhausting workout, I needed a treat so I pulled out a few of my go-to ingredients for an easy, indulgent tasting “ice cream sundae” that will fill any sweet craving you may be having.
Banana Ice Cream Sundae
For the ice cream, you will need:
For the “fudge” you will need:
First, take about a full banana or banana and a half (for 2 servings) worth of frozen banana slices and add to a blender or food processor.
Add a little less than 1/2 cup of almond milk, 1 tbsp lucuma powder (or drizzle of honey/agave) and a tsp of vanilla extract. I also added some cinnamon here)
Blend thoroughly, spoon into serving bowl and place into your freezer for an hour or two. Here is my ice cream before freezing:
When you are ready to eat, pull the frozen mix out to let thaw for a few minutes - unless you like an icier, less creamy treat.
While this is beginning to thaw a bit, warm a tbsp of coconut oil over low-med heat until melted, add about 2 tsp cacao powder (more or less depending on preference) and a drizzle of sweetener.
Now spoon this onto your frozen ice cream and top with your choice of fruit, nuts, seeds, etc. I used shredded coconut and crushed almonds.
This coconut oil acts kind of like that magic shell stuff they sell in the grocery store- it hardens up, so add your toppings quickly.
Then, all that is left is to dig in. Or take a nice photo first, then dig in. I find that I like to let mine sit for a few more minutes to make the ice cream a little more melted and less icy.
Want to kick your ice cream flavor up a notch? Here are a few flavor combo ideas that you can add to the base before freezing:
Share what you come up with and let me know how you love it- tag @barefootprovisions on Instragram or @barefootprimal on Twitter so we can see your tasty creations!
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