Thursday, June 15, 2017

One-Ingredient (Healthy) Banana Ice Cream

Throughout my pregnancy, my girlfriends have been curious about my cravings. Much like most of my other symptoms, the answer is I haven't really had any (thanking my lucky stars!). The only real differences I've noticed in my diet preferences have been a regular thirst for Diet Coke (which I NEVER used to drink) and some additional requests for ice cream. This is really nothing out of the ordinary for my husband and I because we were already both such frozen treat freaks.

We live walking distance to a Menchie's so during the Summer (okay, let's not lie, year round) you can typically find us there fixing our favorite fro-yo concoctions or if we're feeling really wild, going all out with a few scoops of the real deal at our favorite Family place by the lake, Meggy Moo's.  I've always enjoyed ice cream but over the past few years, it has become my true love in the dessert world. My go-to flavors are first and foremost chocolate chip cookie dough and birthday cake remix but lately, I've thrown a few other contenders in including coconut, mocha and pistachio. Are you hungry yet? Seriously, as I type this, I'm having visions of all these delicious flavors. But one important thing to mention is, as I get closer and closer 40 weeks, I'm giving more thought to my post-baby nutrition plan so while I know there will be many Summer ice cream outings, I like to have healthy alternative options to even things out a bit. 


When my husband and I got married, we received the Yonanas maker as a gift and it has remained one of our most-used presents (one we didn't even know existed!) It allows us to indulge in "ice cream" without any of the guilt and so much simplicity...

By adding any combination of frozen fruits to the chute on the machine, like over-ripe bananas, berries, or mango, you press the on button and are left with a smooth "ice-cream" like taste and consistency...who needs a fro-yo place anyway? It instantly turns frozen fruit into a healthy dessert without additional fat, sugar or preservatives compared to other ice cream treats...yes please! 

I always have bananas in the freezer ready to go for breakfast smoothies so it's our go-to for one ingredient ice cream...just add your favorite toppings and it's ready in literally seconds!

What is your favorite Summer treat? 
Do you ever make your own ice cream at home?