Food for Mood: Frozen Chocolate-Banana Smoothie

Make your own nondairy ice cream in two hours—no ice cream machine needed!

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Make your own nondairy ice cream in two hours—no ice cream machine needed!

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Frozen Chocolate-Banana Smoothie 
Serves 2

Few foods are more comforting than ice cream. Try this healthy nondairy alternative packed with magnesium and potassium. It’s inexpensive and a cinch to make.
 
2 ripe bananas
4 teaspoons powdered organic cocoa, unsweetened
1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup, optional

1. Peel bananas and break into large pieces. Drop into a blender, followed by cocoa powder and sweetener. Cover and pulse until smooth.

2. Scrape mixture into a freezer-safe container with a lid. Freeze at least 2 hours. The mixture will have a scoopable texture similar to ice cream. 

newlife
7/31/2013 3:16:06 PM

About the chocolate banana frozen smoothie.  I am not always in the mood for any sweetener, but it could be optional.   I made my own version and it was really good, but anyone could also make their own version, putting in ingredients they like.  I deleted the honey and chocolate, and added black walnuts, coconut (going to try coconut oil the next time), almonds, and a hint of vanilla, then just a few fresh strawberries. Just threw very small amounts of these ingredients in (not a whole handful), didn't measure, sorry. This way whatever you're in the mood for works.  Mmmmmm