'nice cream'

March 9, 2014

 

matcha and almond butter cup banana "ice cream"

 

there was a lot of buzz about the picture I posted of the yummy almond butter banana "ice cream" i created a few days ago.  as a delicious soothing comfort food we are drawn to sweet and creamy treats.  I decided to play with more frozen bananas and see what yummy deliciousness I could come up with.  this frozen banana treat is an excellent clean, simple ,"dairy free" alternative to ice cream.  when mixed, the frozen banana creates a smooth creamy texture.  also, because the bananas are naturally sweet there is no need to add any sweetener making it an wonderful option for those seeking a low sugar alternative.  I experimented with 2 recipes. a reminder that no recipe is stagnant and can be altered according to personal taste.  get in your kitchen and practice alchemy.  play with the flavors and textures that excite you.  enjoy!

 

'meet your matcha'

*3 frozen ripe bananas

*1 tsp. green tea powder (matcha) *does contain caffeine

*2 tsp. vanilla extract

*combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth

    *i used the 7 bowl food processor by kitchenaid

    *make approx. 4 scoops

     *can be stored in the freezer until ready to serve

 

'almond butter cup'

*3 frozen bananas

*2 Tbs. raw almond butter

*1 tsp. raw cacao powder

*1 tsp. vanilla extract

*1/8 tsp. cinnamon

*combine in food processor and blend until smooth

 

bananas: high levels of potassium, magnesium, b-vitamins, antioxidants, helps to stabilize blood sugar, increases calcium absorption, high in fiber, soothes the digestive tract, stimulate the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel, produces stress-relieving relaxation, contains high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin -- the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter, strengthens blood and relieves anemia with the added iron

 

matcha:  amazing mood elevating qualities, alkaline, packed with antioxidants, boosts metabolism, burns calories, detoxifies effectively and naturally, calms and relaxes, aids in concentration, rich in vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium, fights against viruses and bacteria, rich in fiber, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar and raise insulin levels, good caffeine alternative to coffee,   provides the body with just the right amount of caffeine over a longer period of time rather than dumping a huge amount of caffeine into the body all at once. Matcha still has the same immediate boost, but not the extreme rush.

 

cacao: contains magnesium, calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese, vitamins: b1, b2, b3, b5, b9, protein, fiber, support healthy heart functioning by lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow, lowering LDL cholesterol, and reducing plaque buildup on artery walls,  increase circulation and availability of serotonin and other neurotransmitters in brain, improving mood and combating depression

 

almonds: high in protein, fiber, calcium, vitamin E, riboflavin and niacin help to alkalize the body, help provide good brain function, nourish the nervous system, build strong bones and teeth, reduce heart attack risk

 

 

 

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