Healthy low calorie ice cream recipe

banana ice cream

Healthy low calorie ice cream recipe

Whether it’s a summer afternoon treat or a late evening snack, ice cream is the perfect way to satisfy all cravings. However, many ice creams are full of sugars and other ingredients that just make it that ‘not so healthy’ treat. So try this healthy low calorie ice cream recipe that is dairy, gluten and wheat free AND contains only ONE ingredient…

…Banana! Banana is one of the most versatile fruits you can use, you can freeze it, whizz it up in a smoothie, mash it up for your toast spread or bake it for a warm gooey treat.

Find out how to make this simple banana ice cream and why you should be eating more bananas.

Banana Ice Cream

Serves 4

– 4 bananas

Take four ripe bananas.

Peel the bananas.

Break the bananas up into chucks and place in a freezable bag. Place the bag in the freezer.

When the banana is completely frozen (I usually leave mine over night), place it in the blender.

Blend the banana until it is all mashed up and turns to the consistency of ice cream! This step takes some time and requires stirring in between blending, so take care!

 Remove from the blender and store in a freezable container – or eat straight away!

banana ice cream

 

Topping ideas:

banana ice cream
Delicious served on its own.
banana ice cream
Top with peanut butter and honey.
banana ice cream
For a naughty topping, add chocolate buttons and maple syrup!

Health benefits of the banana:

  1. Bananas help overcome depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin — the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter.

  2. Packs an energy punch and sustains your blood sugar levels during a workout.

  3. Protects against muscle cramps during workouts and nighttime leg cramps.

  4. Counteracts calcium loss during urination and builds strong bones.

  5. Improves your mood and reduce PMS symptoms by regulating  blood sugar and producing stress-relieving relaxation.

  6. High levels of Vitamin B6 which Reduces swelling, protects against type II diabetes, aids weight loss, strengthens the nervous system, and helps with the production of white blood cells.

  7. High in potassium and low in salt, bananas are officially recognized by the FDA as being able to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke.

  8. Rich in pectin, bananas aid digestion and gently chelate toxins and heavy metals from the body.

  9. Bananas act as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel. They also produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing nutrients.

  10. Bananas are a natural antacid, providing relief from acid reflux, heartburn.

  11. Bananas are the only raw fruit that can be consumed without distress to relieve stomach ulcers by coating the lining of the stomach against corrosive acids.