Chunky Monkey Ice “Cream”- Without the Dairy!
Here’s a super simple summery treat for you all today. After several weekends of nasty weather (last weekend was a doozy here in Colorado!), it’s finally going to sunny and warm all weekend! Woohoo! I’ll be on a recipe-creating spree the next few days as I bring you several Paleo Mexican recipes next week, just in time for Cinco de Mayo. Be on the look-out for recipes like Arroz con Pollo, Apple Chimichangas, and Grain-Free Taquitos! I’ve got recipe ideas coming out my ears!
But first, ice cream. I’ve not been doing well with limiting my sugar intake lately and I’m definitely starting to feel sluggish. I usually work out 5-6 days a week but have only been averaging 3 lately. It’s time to get strict about my diet! I always feel so much better when I focus on a stricter Paleo diet. I sleep better, my skin is clearer, and I have a bunch more energy. This yummy dessert sticks to those Paleo rules and is both vegan and refined sugar free. The sweetness comes solely from the bananas!
I used almond butter instead of peanut to create this recipe since peanuts aren’t Paleo approved. Feel free to use either if you tolerate peanuts well! I do fine with peanuts (no adverse reactions) but I just happened to have almond butter in the house at the moment 🙂 I also like a bit of crunch in my ice creams so I added a handle of walnuts along with some Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips. The combination was delightful! I think any number of nuts would be great in this recipe. Pecans, pistachios, hazelnuts. Go nuts! LOL, that was a pun. I’m so witty!
- 1 C Almond Milk (I used Califia Farms Unsweetened Vanilla)
- 4 overripe bananas, frozen
- 2 T cocoa powder
- 3 T almond butter
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- In a food processor or blender, combine first 4 ingredients until smooth. It should look like a Wendy’s Frosty in texture. You may need to add a bit more milk as needed.
- Transfer banana mixture to mixing bowl and stir in chocolate chips and walnuts by hand.
- Freeze mixture for at least 1 hour to firm up. Scoop into bowl. Sprinkle with additional toppings as desired.
- This will last 3-4 days in the freezer. Transfer to a Tupperware and freeze, covered.