You know, I never really understood the whole peanut butter and jelly thing. It just didn’t really seem like two things that would go together. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that being allergic to nuts meant that I had no idea what peanut butter was like. Or because being in England, I had a completely different idea about what jelly was. It took me a while to realise the whole thing was actually about jam! But since making my own free from butter, I’m obsessed with this strange combo!
What if I told you there was a dessert that looks like ice cream, tastes like ice cream but is a lot healthier than ice cream? I know it sounds too good to be true right?! Let me introduce you to Banana Nice Cream, made entirely out of frozen sliced bananas and a splash of milk. I know whipping up frozen sliced bananas may seem a little strange, but it creates the most delicious, soft, smooth and creamy dessert ever. The result, a big bowl of delicious ‘nice cream’ – and it really does live up to its name!
If you can’t tell, I really do love nice cream! And always have a big bag of frozen bananas in the fridge ready to be blitzed together for a delicious pudding. I must eat this about 3 times a week minimum, it is so simple and quick to make. The basic recipe only requires 2 ingredients, a blender and about 5 spare minutes. I love using this as a base to try different flavours. My favourite things to add are a little bit of seed butter or a few sticky dates. Or I like to add a little protein powder when I need a little more in my diet.
Top tip time now: When you’re freezing the bananas, the browner (or riper) the better. This makes the overall flavour of the pudding a little sweeter. Make sure that you cut the ‘nana into small chunks or rings and place them in something like a tied-up sandwich bag in the freezer. I know it sounds like a silly thing to say but when I first tried nice cream, I literally put a whole banana – skin and all – in the freezer. When I was ready to start making the nice cream, I took the banana out and spent forever trying to peel it. In the end the whole thing had to go in the bin as it was completely stuck! Not one of my finest moments I’ll admit.
A simple pudding or even as a light snack or cooling breakfast, just wait for the bananas to thaw a little bit to make blending them easier.
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Chia Seeds have to be one of my all-time favourite superfoods. They’re small, mighty and so versatile. I mean, they can seriously be used in EVERYTHING! Anything from porridge, to scrambled eggs and salad. I know that if I can, I’m gonna add them to my meal. But my absolute favourite way to enjoy them? In a delicious thick and creamy chia pudding.
I could seriously eat chia pudding every day. It’s just one of them things that I never get bored of. And although it may have pudding in the name; it can be eaten any time of the day. I know, pudding for breakfast… It keeps getting better!
I normally eat it with some sort of homemade fruit puree on top, with some fresh fruit. And a sprinkle of my Super Chunky Granola. To say that it’s delicious is an understatement!