I admit to being somewhat infantile in my attachment to all things sweet and creamy, like ice-cream. I’ve discussed it here before, it’s no secret. I’m trying to adhere to a green smoothie detox, but I just find that time of night, post-dinner and pre-bed, is when I hanker for that sweet creaminess.
Many years ago my cousin showed me a quick ice-cream made from blended frozen mango cheeks and yoghurt. When I went dairy free I just substituted coconut milk or cream for the yoghurt. It has the consistency of a soft serve ice-cream, and you have to eat it straight away or it melts, but it’s super quick and super yummy.
I got to thinking how much like a smoothie it is and how really, smoothie and ice-cream are so similar, just differing levels of frozenness. So today’s post is dedicated to smoothies, that taste like soft serve ice-cream, so I can stick to my detox and have happy grown up time, eating ice-cream in bed with a good book.
Bananas are naturally creamy and are delicious frozen. I have started roughly chopping two bananas and freezing them in readiness for making smoothies. The ice-cream below is simply 1 frozen banana, 1 tbsp coconut flakes, 1 tbsp coconut milk and cinnamon. Blend in a food processor (not too long or it won’t be frozen anymore) – delish! Bananas are a very good source of vitamin A, B6 and a good source of vitamin C, potassium, dietary fibre, and manganese. Bananas contain high levels of antioxidant phenolic compounds which have been found to protect kidney function. Bananas are an exceptionally rich source of fructooligosaccharide, a compound called a prebiotic because it nourishes probiotic (friendly) bacteria in the colon. This assists with healthy bowel function and absorption of nutrients such as calcium. They also protect eyesight, protect against cardiovascular disease, and protect against stomach ulcers (they are a great antacid). Thanks http://whfoods.org/ for all that info!
Frozen berries also work really well. I just blend them with some coconut milk and add some pepitas on top for a bit of crunchy yumminess. The one below is 1 cup frozen mixed berries, 1/3 cup coconut milk, blended in a food processor. The smoothie pictured at the top of the post is amazing. I adapted it from a recipe by Tess from Healthy Blender Recipes featured at http://simplysugarandglutenfree.com/raw-vegan-creamy-pistachio-ice-cream-kale-smoothie/
It’s called pistachio even though there’s none in it, I can see why though, if you love pistachio ice-cream you’ll love this. I made it with a lot of water as a delicious smoothie, but you could easily cut down the water ratio and make it more of an ice-cream. Then you can have spinach for dessert! Spinach for dessert – who’d have thunk it?
Creamy “pistachio ice-cream” green smoothie
- 1/2 cup spinach leaves
- 1/2 cup chard leaves
- 2 ripe bananas – frozen
- 2 1/2 cups filtered water (less for ice-cream consistency)
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- sweetener to taste (I used stevia)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Blend ingredients in blender and enjoy!