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Sunday, 26 March 2017 23:16

Zucchini Bread Nana Ice Cream

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Zucchini Bread Nana Ice Cream Zucchini Bread Nana Ice Cream Casey Cromwell
What's that one meal that you can't live without? Loaded pizza on a gluten free crust? Your favorite chocolate cake with a molten center? For this celiac, it's homemade nana ice cream decorated with granola, berries and lots of chewy/crunchy goodness. Don't know what nana ice cream is? (If so, you definitely aren't following me on Instagram and haven't seen Margie's amazing blog, Nana Ice Cream.) Basically, it's a dairy free "ice cream" created by blending frozen bananas with liquid and any other flavor add-ins (ranging from other frozen fruit to cacao powder). Want to eat your ice cream and get a punch of nutrition too? That's what triggered my favorite nice cream flavor - zucchini bread - to appear from my blender! Not only is this recipe gluten free, vegan and paleo (depending on your toppings), it's also 100% drool-worthy. Just imagine biting into a creamy spoonful of "ice cream" packed with cozy flavors like nutmeg and cinnamon, plus sweet hints from frozen fruit and vanilla...only to know that you're getting a dose of veggies at the same time. As I've written about previously, zucchini is a low in calories and sugar but high in antioxidants, potassium and Vitamin C and B. Research also shows that zucchini (and other summer squash varieties) can boost eye and heart health, help control diabetes, aid digestion and balance the thyroid and adrenal glands. Combined with bananas - which boast high levels of Vitamin B6, manganese, fiber, copper and biotin - this really is the healthiest ice cream you'll ever taste! Not to mention one of the easiest and most delicious desserts for breakfast!

  • Ingredients: 2 frozen bananas (Feel free to mix and match with other fruits too - I often add cantaloupe, strawberries, pineapple, etc. Be aware that it will give the ice cream a more tropical flavor though!)
    1 large zucchini, frozen in slices
    Huge handful of spinach (or alternate leafy green)
    1 TBSP of chia seeds (I love MammaChia's)
    Liberal sprinkle of cinnamon
    Drop of vanilla and hint of nutmeg
    Enough liquid to blend (water, green tea, milk of choice, etc)
    Optional toppings to add a crunchy, chewy "zucchini bread" feel: homemade granola (more recipes available here), puffed cereal, trail mix, nut butter, chocolate sauce (cacao + coconut oil), berries, dried fruit, etc.
  • Instructions: How to make it? First - if you're suffering from crazy high temperatures like California is - be glad that this is one "bread" that doesn't require an oven! Simply add all of the ingredients into a high-speed blender (I personally find that putting the spices, chia seeds and liquid on the bottom, followed by frozen fruit and veggies and leafy greens, works best) and blend!

    Once the mixture becomes creamy and smooth, taste-test it before pouring it into a bowl. For those who are worried, you won't taste the zucchini at all, especially if you use distinctive flavorings like cinnamon, nutmeg and very ripe bananas. If your nice cream initially tastes too sweet, add more zucchini or greens. If it's not sweet enough, add more fruit. After you're satisfied with your frozen treat, all you need to do is transfer it into your dish of choice, add your desired toppings and devour!

    One pro tip: When pouring your smoothie into a bowl, pour halfway and add some of your toppings (including some of the cacao-coconut oil sauce if using) before pouring the rest of your smoothie on top. This creates a crunchy, chewy "core" to your nana ice cream...and a delicious surprise when you reach the middle of the bowl!
  • Serves: 1
  • Cuisine: American (general)
  • Cooking method: Not cooked
  • Special ingredients: no fermented / pickled foods, no beans / legumes / pulses, no dried / ground spices, no meat / poultry, no alcohol, no grains
  • Just right for...: Great for kids, Comfort food, Summer favorites
  • Top 8 allergens?: gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, fish-free, shellfish-free, nut-free, peanut-free
  • Active/prep time: 15-30 minutes
  • Total time (inc active/prep): None selected
  • Serving suggestions: Serve with homemade or favorite store-bought granola, fresh berries or banana slices, nut or seed butter, puffed rice cereal, dried fruit, etc. Whatever toppings your heart desires!
  • Related recipes: For a delicious homemade granola to go along with this smoothie bowl, check out my Berry Coconut Granola, Green Smoothie Granola, Cacao Crunch Granola or Secretly Healthy Coconut Pumpkin Granola.
  • Specialty Diets: FODMAPs-friendly, Vegan
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