Yesterday, I made a delicious, easy yet completely guilt-free dessert that I saw on Pinterest: chocolate banana “ice cream.” I admit the picture above doesn’t do it justice — it’s not that appealing when something looks like the byproduct of the digestive system — but you must try it. (In my defense, it’s hard to make something that’s the color and consistency of chocolate soft-serve ice cream look appealing in a photograph. ;)) All you need are a blender (or food processor), a banana and cocoa powder. It’s so creamy and naturally sweet that you’d never believe it’s dairy- and sugar-free. All that for fewer than 110 calories … need I say more?
Now, if you’ve been around a while, you know that I usually go whole-hog when it comes to desserts. Because I eat healthy meals and snacks with plenty of fruits and veggies (most of the time), and I log quite a few workout hours, my attitude toward treats is pretty relaxed. As far as I’m concerned, if you’re making good choices overall, then just enjoy the
occasional daily sweet; why be virtuous and take the joy out of it? And if you’re going to take the time to make a dessert, then, for the love of God, use the real sugar. However, there are certain times — say, when your husband has asked you to support his efforts in shedding 15 pounds, or when you’re headed to Hawaii this May for your in-laws’ vow renewal and want to make sure there’s as little “insulation” as possible covering up the results of all those P90X workouts, late-night runs and break-of-dawn Bar Method classes — when a little discretion is advised when it comes to desserts. So, when I saw this pin yesterday, I immediately headed to the kitchen. If you have five minutes to spare (that’s how little active time this takes), I urge you to do the same! Seriously, this is so delicious that it’s worth making even if you have no health-, fitness- or vanity-related ulterior motives.
Chocolate Banana “Ice Cream”
Makes one serving
- One banana
- Two tablespoons cocoa powder
Peel and slice the banana into a freezer-safe container or Ziploc bag.
Place the container or bag in the freezer until the slices are just frozen. You don’t want them to be rock hard, because then they’ll be hard to blend. Freezing the slices for two to three hours will suffice.
Remove the frozen banana slices from the container or bag, and place them into a blender. Add two tablespoons of cocoa powder.
Blend (or process, if using food processor) until creamy.
It might look a little gross from the pictures, but really, you must try it. If you want to up the decadence factor, you could put a bit of peanut butter or melted caramel in with the cocoa powder and frozen banana slices. On a related note, if fudgesicles are more your style, check out this awesome pin for blended Nutella and banana popsicles.
OK, enough typing … I’m off to make more “ice cream”!