Stay cool with these sweet treats this summer

by Elizabeth Jones
Stripes Okinawa

Ice cream is the classic dessert people have loved since they were kids. Although delicious, ice cream does have a bad rep for being unhealthy. What if you could make an all-natural, healthy version of your most desired treat? Well, you’re in luck thanks to banana ice cream! This dessert takes minutes to make and there’s no need for an ice cream maker.  Indulge without the guilt with these recipes:

Banana ice cream

Servings: 2
Time: 5 minutes
 
Ingredients:
- 2 ripe, frozen and sliced bananas
Directions:
❶ Slice the bananas and place them in the freezer in a sealable bag. Freeze overnight or until solid.
❷ Add bananas to a food processor or blender and blend.
❸ Continue to blend until you obtain a smooth texture. You may need to scrape down the sides of the food processor, or blender as you go. 
❹ Pour the ice cream mixture into a bowl and eat it soft serve style. If you want a firmer texture, place the ice cream into a freezer-safe container and freeze for at least one hour.
 
Tip: If the bananas are too hard to blend, add small amounts of water, milk or dairy-free milk as you go. Start off with a tablespoon at a time.
 
The directions remain the same for all of the ice cream flavors - all that changes is the extra ingredients!
 
Strawberry ice cream
- 2 ripe, frozen and sliced bananas
- 1 cup of frozen and sliced strawberries
 
Vanilla bean ice cream
- 2 ripe, frozen and sliced bananas
- tablespoons of cocoa powder
 
Mint dark chocolate chip ice cream
- 2 ripe, frozen and sliced bananas
- ¼ cup of chopped fresh mint
- ¼ cup of dark chocolate
 
Chocolate peanut butter ice cream
- 2 ripe, frozen and sliced bananas
- tablespoons of peanut butter
- tablespoon of cocoa powder
 
★ If you want to get more creative with your guilt-free ice cream you can add nuts, dark chocolate chips, honey, cinnamon or any nut butter. 
The possibilities are endless! Who knew something so delicious could be so good for you? Enjoy your healthy ice cream!

Chunky Monkey Coffee

- 1 cup coffee, cold
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Serve this up to those cranky people in the office who need coffee before work. After serving up this concoction you may find them beaming with a childlike demeanor … and now you know why I keep a blender and these staples in my office. If you like any of the peanut butter ice creams, this has a similar flavor.

 

Goji Berry Smoothie Bowl
- 2 tablespoon Goji berries
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 cup strawberries, frozen
- raspberry protein powder
- 200 milliliers water
 
Add the water and Goji Berries to the blender. Let sit for at least 10 minutes to soften the berries. Add the remaining ingredients and blend. You can drink it straight up. You can also dump it in a bowl and decorate a bit with more chia seeds, goji berries, banana, and pecans.
 
 
Grapefruit Smoothie
- 1 grapefruit
- 50 grams frozen strawberries
- 50 grams Goji berries
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
 
Juice the grapefruit by hand or by machine. Soak the goji berries for about 10 minutes in a glass of water to soften them. Toss everything in a blender. Enjoy. Add water to thin it out.
 
 
Mango Smoothie
- 1/2 mango
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 200 milliliters flaxseed milk
- 1 handful strawberries

I added a scoop of vanilla protein powder since I like my smoothies to be complete meals, but you can just as easily not add it. Add more flaxseed milk to thin it out.

 

Raspbeery Cheesecake Smoothie
- 100 grams raspberries, frozen
- 1 tablespoon cream cheese
- 100 milliliters almond milk, or your favorite milk
 
Add all the ingredients to a blender. Drink. No fork necessary. Add some coconut flakes on top.

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