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Raspberry Banana Ice Cream

It’s safe to say that summer has arrived despite the long delay! And when I think summer, I think icey treats! Who doesn’t love a nice big bowl of ice cream on a hot summer day? Since summer has now arrived, let’s enjoy this summer treat we have all loved since we were kids. As I am focusing on family nutrition, I love to create recipes I know would work for kids and families on a busy schedule. This is such an easy recipe and takes about 5 minutes to make!

Quality
Remember quality is key here, raspberries and bananas are heavily sprayed fruits, so buying organic from your grocery store or from a local farmers market is important. As stated on EWG’s (Environmental Working Group) site, raspberries were ranked 27th and bananas were ranked 32nd on pesticide residue levels.

Freezing
Frozen fruit is great to buy! Some companies use what’s called flash freezing where they pick the fruit at its peak ripeness and then freeze almost immediately. Check for packages that say ‘picked and flash frozen within 4 hours’ and make sure to check the ingredient label for any added sugars. Freezing that quickly after being picked will preserve and trap the nutrients at its most optimal level so your body can enjoy the benefits it needs and deserves.

The Benefits
What’s so good about raspberries and bananas anyways? Well, bananas are high in potassium as well as vitamin B6. Also, the vitamin C and manganese content found in bananas provide antioxidant protection against free-radical damage. Also, this delicious fruit is high in fibre! Raspberries include phytonutrients such as ellagic acid and flavonoids such as quercetin and kaempferol. They also contain anthocyanins, which give rasberries their deep red colour among countless other health benefits. 

Stephanie xo

Raspberry Banana Ice Cream
Serves 3
Healthy Homemade Ice Cream
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Total Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 organic frozen bananas
  2. 1 cup of organic frozen raspberries
  3. 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  4. 1 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Throw all ingredients into a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth or desired texture is reached.
  3. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop three large servings of ice cream into a bowl.
  4. Sprinkle any desired toppings such as walnuts, almonds, pine nuts or cacao nibs (optional).
Notes
  1. I enjoyed my ice cream as is, without any added ingredients on top and it was delicious! However, feel free to add nuts in order to add some protein to complement the quality fat and fibre in this tasty little treat.
  2. Enjoy!
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References:
• The World’s Healthiest Foods, George Mateljan

• Environmental Working Group, Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/list.php#

 

 

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Chocolate Chip & Cinnamon Banana Bread – Paleo Style

Chocolate. Cinnamon. Bananas. What a combo!

I love baking, as you know, and it’s been a while since I whipped up a banana bread. Let alone, a gluten free, grain free, dairy free banana bread, with NO added sugar!

This bread is DA BOMB! It’s so full of flavour and free of many allergens.

I got the idea from Make Ahead Paleo to include a cinnamon-y topping. I’ve never done this in the past and couldn’t resist testing it out! This delicious “crust” added the perfect sweetness. I highly suggest you test it out! I guess you could say there is some added sugar, since it’s included in the topping, but you can feel free to omit this.

So let’s get baking! Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do 🙂Image 3

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Paleo Chocolate Cinnamon Banana Bread
Makes 1 LoafIngredients:

DRY:
1 ½ cups almond flour
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup arrowroot starch
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground vanilla bean
½ tsp sea salt

WET:
3 large ripe bananas
4 eggs
1/3 cup hemp milk (almond or coconut work well too)

EXTRAS:
1 cup chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life brand)
½ cup walnuts (optional- I didn’t use any)

TOPPING:
1 tbsp coconut sugar
¾ tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp almond flour

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 F. In a small bowl combine all DRY ingredients. In a large bowl combine all WET ingredients using a hand mixer. Mix until bananas are well combined and mixture is fluffy. Add DRY ingredients into WET and stir until fully incorporated. Stir in EXTRAS. I used chocolate chips. Grease a loaf pan with coconut oil and pour in batter.

In a small bowl combine TOPPING ingredients and sprinkle evenly on top of loaf. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until center is set and a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from loaf pan and let cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

Serve with grass fed butter or your favorite nut butter. YUM!

Enjoy xo

To your AMAZING Health and Abundance,

Samantha xoxo

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