Raw Banana Nut Ice Cream

June 8, 2013

Raw Food, Recipes

After having been 70% or so raw for the last few years, enjoying ice cream is one thing that I learned to live without.  But that was not an easy task.  My personality has the tendency to clamp on to something, say a food for instance and not let go.  I call it an addictive personality of sorts.

Hold it, so what does all this have to do with Raw Banana Nut Ice Cream?  …please give me just a second, this might help somebody   😉

For example, for an entire year, I went through this thing with Cheeze its.  I would buy a large box everyday.  And I DO mean every day and eat the entire box.  I would buy one box for all of my children to share and one box for me.  The children were not allowed to touch my box.  That went on for a very long time.  I can only imagine how unhealthy my poor body was.  The sodium alone was enough to poison myself to death!  Death by sodium… yuk!  No wonder I was diagnosed with High Blood Pressure by the time I was 40.

I guess I realized sodium was a killer and so from there I latched on to graham crackers and again bought a box per day and ate the entire box for about a year!  Somehow I morphed over to ice cream.  Better you think?  At least dairy is in the main food group of the S.A.D.  Standard American Diet!  But I was still on a sugar overload and still daily overdosing on pure junk food.

So How Much Ice Cream did I eat?

I would buy 1/2 gallon of Rocky Road Ice Cream every two days.    One scoop is 290 calories, fat 15g, carbs 36g, sodium 90mg and the biggy, Cholesterol 30mg.  Now let’s not forget there are also preservatives, additives and fillers.  So if I was eating 1/4 gallon of ice cream daily…

This is what we do to ourselves… ok what SOME of us do to ourselves.  I did not realize, did not even think about it, but writing it all down now and airing it out for the world to see, it is pretty disgusting.  And I know I am not alone.

So I gave up ice cream and put it on the shelf of former addictions, along with Cheeze its and graham crackers.

I mended my ways, got into health… really seriously. Went to school to get certified, became a body coach … but then I spent last weekend on a much needed getaway vacation.  I escaped to a quaint little town, right on the ocean with a beautiful beach and walked to a nice specialty salad place.  After a satisfying, healthy, feel good about yourself lunch, I walked past the next shop and it was what?  A specialty ICE CREAM shop.  Right next to the specialty salad shop of course.  Did I allow my past ice cream addiction to lure me in or did I walk away?  Afterall I was already pleasantly full.

What does banana ice cream, mixed with strawberry ice cream, graham cracker crust, strawberries, roasted almonds and whipped cream on top, make?  A killer ice cream sundae!  So good in fact, I went back to that shop later after dinner… and again the next afternoon!!!  So how many calories?  I can only wonder.

All that to say, my ice cream love affair was back at full blast!  I went into action before someone could take a picture and post it on facebook, me with that killer, mega, jumbo sundae, and a caption, Is this your body coach?!

First I went online and found a high end sturdy kick “A” ice cream maker.  I went straight to the department store and bought it that very night, after ice cream sundae #3.   Next I went on a hunt for all kinds of raw ice cream recipes.  The dilemma, which flavor to try first!  I deliberated on the idea of raw ice cream, posted about my quest on facebook and was scared to death to try it.  Fear of failure.  Would raw ice cream be as good as it’s delicious, creamy, artery clogging, fattening, mucus forming cousin; dairy ice cream?

I settled on Raw Banana Nut Ice Cream and after looking at recipes for seven days, in the end I made up my own recipe.  Raw ice cream, no white sugar, no cream, no dairy. I was so scared because I was throwing into the mix, a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, taste testing my way through.

Raw Banana Nut Ice Cream

Raw Banana Nut Ice Cream

Raw Banana Nut Ice Cream

  • 3 very ripe Bananas
  • 1 Young Coconut meat and Coconut Water
  • 1 cup cashews (soaked and drained)
  • 5 dates (soaked)
  • ¼ cup raw agave nectar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 splash almond extract
  • 1 dash sea salt
  • 1/3 cup walnuts (soaked, rinsed and dried)

Directions

  1. Pour all ingredients into a VitaMix and blend until creamy
  2. Put the mixture in the freezer for 1 hour or you can refrigerate for two hours or overnight.
  3. Add the chilled ice cream base into your ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  4. Chop the walnuts
  5. During the last 5 minutes add the chopped walnuts to the mixture.
  6. Transfer to an air tight container and return to freezer.
  7. Allow ice cream 4-5 hours to harden completely.
  8. Forget #7, serve yourself two scoops and THEN go to #7 while you eat your two scoops!

It was cold, creamy and delicious, but the raw ice cream looked like butter pecan even though it tasted like raw Banana Nut ice cream!!  I will tweak this recipe next time I make it. For example, I wanted the natural sugar of dates, but even though dates are a natural sweetener, they turn your mixture brown.  If I had used only agave nectar or raw honey the ice cream would have kept a lighter coloring.  Dates will be perfect when I try my hand at Chocolate Almond or Chocolate Brownie ice cream, which is definitely on my list!  So next time I will use 1/2 cup of raw Agave Nectar or 1/2 cup raw honey and omit the dates.

Also next time I will not use the extravagantly expensive “raw vanilla bean,” I may not even use vanilla extract.  After all I was attempting to make Raw Banana Nut Ice Cream, not raw Vanilla bean ice cream.  So far I have eaten 6 scoops of this raw ice cream. I am happily full and my ice cream fetish has been satisfied. What have I done to my body indulging in this much rich, creamy, delicious bliss?

One serving is 234 calories, 10g fat, 75mg sodium, carbs 34g… and cholesterol? Zero!!  Also there are NO Preservatives, Additives or fillers, because I made it myself and I only put natural ingredients.  The long and short of it appears to be that ice cream is ice cream.  It is dessert and it has calories, lots of them.  However I feel good about my eating, I know I can eat clean and still enjoy dessert.  I do not recommend having 6 scoops but eating raw has come a far cry from having just salads.

So you can live an 85% raw lifestyle and have a large salad for dinner, with brown rice and a raw creamy curry sauce on top.  Then two hours later sit back and devour a scoop or two of

Raw Banana Nut Ice Cream

:)

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