Yummy Gluten-Free, Caesin-Free, Vegan Chocolate “Ice Cream”
Summer is coming and what better way to stay cool than ice cream! Here is a quick and easy gluten-free, casein-free treat you can make for your kiddos in less than 5 minutes. It’s one of my personal favorite healthy treat recipes and many of my patients’ families have enjoyed it too!
Ingredients & Method
In a blender, mix the following ingredients until they are a smooth consistency like soft-serve ice cream:
1-2 frozen bananas
Note: it’s easy to cut up and freeze the ripe bananas at the end of the week to save them before they go bad. Keep them on hand for smoothies or vegan ‘ice cream’ treats.
4-5 frozen organic strawberries
Note: Berries are low glycemic and high in antioxidants! However, strawberries are on the “Dirty Dozen”. Visit http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/ for a list of most heavily pesticide sprayed produce. Shop smart and cost effectively by selectively purchasing organic produce for foods on the “Dirty Dozen” list and conventional produce for the “Clean 15”!
1/4 -1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk as a starter for the blender
1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds
1-2 tablespoons of your favorite unsweetened cocoa powder
Note: My favorites are dark cocoas like Ghirardelli because the darker the chocolate the more antioxidants. Your child may prefer other brands that you can find at the supermarket. Pure cocoa has lots of antioxidants that are good for our minds and our bodies. By using pure unsweetened cocoa powder we are avoiding the bad sugar and saturated fat in unhealthy processed chocolate products.
Some parents mix in greens or other supplements to use this yummy treat as a vehicle to get other nutrients into their finicky kiddos. Get creative!
Once you have blended the ingredients you can serve this healthy, yummy treat a few ways:
1. In a bowl like ice cream.
2. Pour into Popsicle Molds and freeze for later.
3. Add a little extra Unsweetened Almond Milk to serve in a cup like a ‘milk-shake’.
Most importantly, be creative and have fun in the kitchen!