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Chocolate Banana Ice Cream... and another ebook!

I've been in full on design mode recently!

Making tweaks to my website.... did you see I now have two separate blog rolls AND a funky highlight's page? Of course I've also been busy gearing up for the Lanzarote Wellness Retreat!

Behind the scenes there has been even more ebook action. I have been collaborating with RealFoodSource in designing another FREE ebook... this time featuring their 'as raw as it get's' chocolate powder blend.

You can grab the book here... it has loads of inspiration and you could easily swap regular raw cacao and add your own extra sweetness. Their own raw powder blends cacao powder with coconut sugar and sea salt for an all in one ready to go option (if you are in the UK they currently have a launch promo offer).

Here's a little teaser of the recipes I created inside!

One of my favourite recipes from the book is featured on their blog... the chocolate banana ice cream. 

Perfect for the hot summer weather, or simply a treat all year round! Frozen banana makes the perfect no churn ice cream. Use greener bananas for a less dominant taste and add a little syrup if needed as they’ll be less sweet. You can add full fat coconut milk to replace some of the banana of you wish.

Or instead of a chocolate option, why not add fruits or vanilla powder to change up flavours. I feel a rum and raisin combo coming on! Or even a citrus flavour with orange and lemon.

You can find the full recipe HERE!

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Double chocolate ice cream...no ice cream maker and sugar free!

It's hot hot hot!  

I'm not usually that much of a ice-creamy girl which is why you don't see much of it around these parts BUT that said I do have my moments and such a moment occurred to me a couple weekends ago.

Banana ice cream been done a zillion times in 'healthy foodie blog land', not to say that its not amazing because it is (hence why it's been done a zillion times!) So I thought I'd put a tiny spin on things and make a plantain-based ice cream, the theory being a milder banana flavour that doesn't overpower the way that banana can do, as well as a slight change in consistency since plantain is a cross between a fruit and starchy veg in many ways. I feel as though the plantain is actually creamier... but I might be imagining that. What I can say is that it is in no way inferior to its banana counterpart.

Obviously I threw in extra mix-ins such as cocoa powder and my super healthy fudge chunks… well, you know how it goes! Erm, I like chocolate :-)

Plantains should be your new best friend...

I bought a whole bag of plantains at my local asian supermarket. I used a few pre-ripened (more like potato and not sweet) then purposely left the rest to go almost black and sweeten up before chopping them up to use for this ice cream and various other deserts… you'll be seeing some of these come up on the blog shortly! I also chopped the last few into chunks and froze them for future delights. Because plantains are typically larger than bananas and also pretty cost-effective if you can buy in bulk in a supermarket, they are a great versatile option.

This is my chocolate combo, but if you prefer to make a 'plain' version as per the yellow tub in the photos, just leave the cocoa out and maybe add some extra vanilla to taste.

At the bottom of the recipe I have given some ideas for other flavours but I'd love to know what you come up with too!!  Tell me tell me... what's your favourite healthy ice cream creation?

Recipe: Super simple plantain ice cream

Makes approx. 1 pint ice cream

Ingredients

  • 2 large plantain (approx. 500g)
  • ¼ cup cashew butter (you could try hazelnut butter!)
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder or paste (not extract with alcohol)
  • 4-5 drops stevia (optional- omit entirely or us 2 tbs syrup)
  • toppings*

Method

Blend until very smooth. Spoon into a freezer and press toppings in. Freeze allowing approx. 20 minutes defrost time to serve.

* for my topping I used approx. ¼ cup worth of my 'worlds healthiest fudge' as I had a batch in the freezer, or you could use chopped up 'smoosh bars' or other simple mix ins such as dark chocolate/nuts/dried fruits

Why not try some other flavours...these are a few I've come up with but i'd Iove to hear your suggestions too!

  • Peanut butter and cinnamon
  • Carob powder and toffee extract
  • Beetroot and raspberry/redcurrants
  • Cashew butter and lemon
  • Cocoa and peanut butter

P.s shout out for my Rude Health giveaway which ends in 4 days... you can enter here!

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Chilled chocolate banana chunks

Phew, crazy week!  I feel like i'm using that word a bit too much recently. Too many high and lows for my liking... yup still working on the old balance thing!

You will hopefully have noticed that my e-book has been released yay!  I'm not the best when it comes t marketing- it's just not my strength and i always feel like i';m pushing things on people, BUT i am actually really happy with this little achievement and want to celebrate with you all!


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There is menu tab up top called shop- hopefully i;ll have more things in there over time. You'll also find the e-books I have written for the dal Food Source you'll notice the similarity in page design ;-)

I also gave my first event public seminar of 'plant based food for fitness' last week. Ut was so streusel leading uo to it (stress out upon myself for no good reason!!) but it went really well and i got come lovely feedback. 

So far 2014 has been filled with a few milestones! 

back to my book- there is are over 30 recipes, half are taken from the blog over the years and half are new recipes created for the book only.

This little recipe is a great example of an old recipes tweaked and taken further into a new one.

Everyone is pretty up to speed with good old chocolate pudding using silken tofu, right? That was one of the first recipes I ever created for my blog... the photos were not great back then! I re-vamoed the recipe photography for he book and then decided to take it a step further and make frozen choc banana chunks. The chocolate pudding works really well to create a thick chocolate coating. You could add flavours or other dressing if you like!


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Recipe: Chilled chocolate banana chunks

Serves 3-4 medium bowls  (depending on bowl sizes)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 packet silken tofu (approx 360g)
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbs agave (or other syrup) and approx. 1/4 tsp pure stevia to taste
  • 1 tsp flavourings (optional) orange, mint or almond extract
  • 1 tbs coconut oil (don’t skip this as it makes it set to a thicker mousse)
  • 2-3 bananas sliced in to 1 cm chunks

Method:

Add all ingredients (except bananas) to a blender and blend away until fully mixed and very smooth, the mixture will be fairly runny but will firm up further in the fridge due to the coconut oil content. Allow to set in the fridge for a little while until beginning to thicken- but still easy to work with.

Once the mixture is thick, coat the bananas and lay them on a lined sheet, or on skewers, or as mini lollies if using larger banana pieces.  

Allow to fully set in the freezer. Store in the freezer for a sweet treat nibble in times of post-Christmas chocolate cravings!

Note: Make sure you use silken tofu and not regular firm tofu as it wont blend so smoothly!


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P.s this is the chocolate mousse version as captured for the book before being made smothered around the banana! Why not try both ways!

P.s this is the chocolate mousse version as captured for the book before being made smothered around the banana! Why not try both ways!

I'd love you to join me in other places too!  

Why not sign up foemails in my sidebar where I feature roundups and special offers. If you are new round here check out my 'About' and 'Getting Started' tabs up top. To buy nibbles you can also find me over at Wholeplus.  Day to day you can also find me here:

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