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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 Avocado Pudding (the best guilt free dessert!)

Yes… you heard right, I said chocolate AVOCADO pudding!

Who woulda thought right?!

I swear this creamy dreamy treat tastes so divine, you’d have NO idea that it contains avocado. It takes minutes to make and doubles as an icing for cakes or cupcakes.

As a bonus, this pudding can be used as a face mask! It might sound crazy, but the avocado and coconut oil are incredibly moisturizing for the skin and honey is an incredible humectant, which means it attracts and retains moisture. This makes honey a natural fit in a variety of moisturizing products including cleansers, creams, shampoos and conditioners.

The cacao contains tons of antioxidants which helps fighting aging and wrinkles, so all around, this pudding can do many things and will probably become your new favourite dessert and beauty care product. 

As a bonus, chocolate (cacao powder) is one of the richest sources of magnesium, which helps to manage pms cramps, tight and sore muscles and is a great relaxing mineral. 

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. And may I point out… when I first started dating my boyfriend Gaetan, I whipped up this dessert for him one night and can I just say… he fell even more in love with me! It’s true that a way to a mans heart is through his stomach 🙂 

Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Serves 2
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Total Time
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. Half an avocado
  2. 2-3 tbsp raw cacao powder
  3. 2 tbsp raw honey
  4. 1-2 tbsp coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend until well combined. All done! You can double or triple this recipe to use as a frosting on cupcakes.
  2. Top with your favourite nuts and seeds, berries, bananas or shredded coconut.
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