It seems like I’m finding more and more ways to make the treats that we love and have eaten all our lives. Sometimes it seems a little overboard to me, mixing and trying all kinds of different flours and sugars and other primal ingredients until you make what was once junk food into a paleo/primal food. Don’t get me wrong, I like to have a so-called ‘treat’ once in a while, but I think it can also create a stumbling block for some. It’s awesome that these folks are showing how eating clean like this can be fun and not boring like I’ve heard many people say, however it can also make a newbie a little overwhelmed. They start down the paleo road, changing their foods and think they have to come up with all these elaborate dishes with all these new ingredients, like almond flour, coconut flour, xanthan gum…things they might not have ever used in their lives. I say keep it simple and make small changes in the beginning, so that you don’t feel that added extra pressure or feel overwhelmed. Keeping it simple has made it easy and more economical for my family and I, thank goodness. However, it’s now time to turn it up a notch and I’ve been introducing 1 new thing a week, to keep my husband and kids excited about eating this way. Sometimes it’s a dessert type item and other times it’s a meal.
One recipe I found was how to make paleo/primal ice cream with very little ingredients. It’s super easy and simple, just the way I like it and a treat I can feel good about giving to my kids! I found the original recipe from the Food Babe, but there are many others out there. If you don’t know about her, you should check her out. She researches companies and restaurants and is great at digging deep and finding out what’s really in the products you know and love. So, here it is:
Coconut milk, 13.5 oz can – full fat, organic (check the ingredients, always to make sure you’re not getting any extras)
3 frozen bananas – peel them first, and then freeze them (you can use maple syrup or honey if you prefer)
2 tsp organic vanilla extract
3 cups frozen strawberries or fresh (if frozen, let them thaw slightly, then blend them to make little chunks)
All you do is blend together the coconut milk, frozen bananas and the vanilla extract. Put it in the ice cream maker for about 15 minutes, and then add in the strawberries. Let it blend in the strawberries and churn for about 10 more minutes and it’s done.
You could probably add in just about any fruit you like, not just strawberries. I also made chocolate chunk ice cream by adding 2 tablespoons of cocoa and then adding in dark chocolate at the end. I took a dark chocolate candy bar (70% or more) and cut it into little slivers. The Food Babe had recipes for mint chocolate chip, just substitute the vanilla for peppermint extract and add dark chocolate, and pistachio almond, just add vanilla extract and pistachios and almond slivers. They were really good too! I think you can add just about anything to make a flavor you really love. Finally an ice cream you can feel good about eating!
Let me know if you try it and how you like it. Enjoy!