Beat the Blues with Guiltless Raw Ice Cream!

You know how sometimes you can have a rough day and all you can think of to cope with your mood is ice cream? I know I’ve been there, and I hear it often from so many of my clients. We all love it… and so many of us can’t live without it. In fact, of all the decadent, diet-side-tracking-treats out there, ice cream is number one!

But having ice cream as a way of coping with stress or sadness is actually counter-productive to your mood and stability long term because it is completely disruptive to your serotonin levels. While it can quickly boost serotonin, providing an immediate sense of relief, it is short lived, for as the effects wear off, serotonin comes crashing down, making you feel miserable again AND even more upset because now you have also thwarted your best intentions for healthy living. But there is a way to enjoy this creamy, icy treat without the calories, fat and sugars that are usually associated with the traditional version and in today’s video I am going to show you how to satisfy your ice cream craving while boosting serotonin production with a natural, sweet and healthy alternative that is delicious, easy to make and won’t leave you feeling guilty nor sick for your indulgence. I recommend this recipe to my clients regularly and it is a hit every single time!

If you love chocolate and nut butters then you will definitely want to check out this weeks video. Made with all natural ingredients and no added sugars, this frozen dessert will satisfy even the most intense cravings, yet still provide plenty of fiber, vitamins, minerals, essential fats and plenty of yum factors! Plus, the ingredients contain Tryptophan, a precursor to serotonin, so not only do you get to indulge, what you are indulging in will naturally make you feel better in the short AND long term. Minutes to make with basic ingredients, you can whip it up, get your fix and walk away feeling satisfied and guilt free!

And now I want to hear from YOU! Is there a frozen raw or guilt-free dessert that you just love? Or are you a client of mine who has tried this recipe and love it? Share your comments below so we can hear from you and be inspired by your experience!

Enjoy! And have an awesome Monday!
xo
B

Raw Ice Cream Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 1 to 2 tablespoonfuls cacao powder (depending on preference)
  • 1 tablespoonful cashew butter plus ½ tbsp peanut butter
  • A dash of vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup vanilla rice milk
  • 2 tbsp chopped raw hazelnuts or cashews

Directions

Blend first 5 ingredients in food processor or VitaMix until smooth. Stir in chopped hazelnuts. Store in plastic container and freeze for about two hours. Serve alone or with fresh berries. Enjoy!

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32 comments on “Beat the Blues with Guiltless Raw Ice Cream!

  1. Amy

    This is so delicious! I just made it and absolutely love it. I don’t have rice milk around so I just soaked a handful of raw cashews in water for a few hours, strained it and made cashew milk to use for the liquid base of my frozen treat. I also added a dash of cinnamon, which I think adds an excellent element of complexity. Thanks Barbara for another great idea!

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    1. Barbara

      Yum!! Love that you made your own cashew milk! And the hint of cinnamon….thanks for that suggestion! So glad you enjoyed it and thanks for sharing your comment~
      Have an excellent end of summer~
      xo
      B

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  2. Lia

    We make something very similar at home. I chop and freeze bananas before they go bad. We use fresh and frozen bananas, along with a little bit of peanut butter and milk and blend. We add protein powder too, occassionally. My boys LOVE it! If they’re not looking, I sometimes throw a carrot in there too 🙂

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    1. Barbara

      Love it! You can also sneak in spinach if you also add bluberries. The blue will cover the green and they won’t even taste it!
      Hope all is well with you!
      xo
      B

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  3. Jorge Mendez

    I don’t care for sweets, but I looove ice-cream. As you know I have not had it in my freezer for years, because if I did, I’d be 300 lbs! Therefore, the recepe in today’s blog looks and sounds terrific. Can’t wait to try it! Have to go and buy the cacao, but better still I am going to wait for you to visit us and make it for the old folks! How does that sound?
    Love,
    Dad

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  4. Jorge Mendez

    I am not fond of sweets, but icecream is my weakness. Never tried your recepie but it sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it.
    I always enjoy your videos but this one, to me, is fascinating because I will be able to indulge myself without the guilt.
    Keep up the good work.

    Dad

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  5. Aisha

    This sounds delicious Barbara! Thanks again for your videos, I always forward them to several friends. I have some questions about bananas. Do banana’s have higher calories when they are very ripe? Do they have more sugar when they are frozen?

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    1. Barbara M Mendez

      Hi Aisha! Thanks for your comment and for sharing the videos!

      The riper the banana, the more sugar it contains. As for more calories, I can’t say that the calorie count would change that dramatically. And frozen bananas don’t necessarily have more sugar (that would depend on ripeness :D) but it does crystallize the sugar, making them taste sweeter~
      I hope this helps!
      B

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  6. lisa

    love it! i make something like this every morning – frozen bananas, almond milk, almond butter, cashew butter and cacao powder. delicious! apparently i need ice cream every day!

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  7. Jon Sheppard

    Thanks Barbara,

    Since I am a client and had that recipe before, I am so glad you decided to share it on your videos. It’s fantastic everyone!! You’ll be glad you tried it.
    Thanks again!

    Jon

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  8. Mike

    Hi Barbara,
    My best regards to an old friend from Dr. Fratellone’s.
    This sounds too good to be true. Can it be used by diabetics since the almond milk contains rice starch and, bananas are usually proscribed by diabetics? What would the carb and sugar content be for a serving?

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    1. Barbara M Mendez

      Hey Mike! Good to hear from you~
      While I have not done the nutritional breakdown of this, I would say that the bananas are likely too much sugar for you to eat this regularly (even though it is balanced with the nut butters). But if you ever find yourself needing a sweet snack and the choice is between this and something that contains actual sugar, then this would be a better alternative….
      I hope this helps!
      B

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  9. Leslie Gerstman

    So yummy!!
    When I need a quick chocolate fix, I make a similar recipe but with a frozen banana and coconut milk. I’ll occasional add a scoop of plant based protein powder too.
    Mmmm, I call it mommy’s chocolate shake and tell my kids to back off:)

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  10. Catherine Stapleton

    Good Morning Barbara!

    My 3-1/2 yr. old, Anya and I just watched your ice-cream video and we’re going to make it together — great alternative for parents to offer their children especially during the summer and it’s a fun family project! Thanks 🙂

    Catherine and Anya

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