Chocolate (healthy) Ice Cream

Chocolate (healthy) Ice Cream

There are lunatics walking among us who say you can only have ice cream in the summer. Well, summer is over, and, in my house, it's always ice cream season.

chocolate ice cream

The downside of ice cream is that it's pretty sugary and fattening, oftentimes leaving you feeling guilty after eating it. While I'm a firm believer that you should treat yourself sometimes, I've got a healthy ice cream recipe in my arsenal.

This recipe has evolved from a mostly ice concoction to a tastier treat that I often enjoy after a workout or for breakfast. (Yes, that's right: ice cream for dinner! Or breakfast!)  Oats will be your base. I recommend no less than 1/4 c, depending on how thin you want it and how much you're watching your calories. I usually like 1/3 c. Put the oats in a blender or, if you're like me, a Magic Bullet.

You'll also need 1/2 frozen banana. Don't let the banana thaw, just drop it in with the oats. Pour in 1/2 c to 2/3 c almond milk or soymilk; again, depending on how thin you like your ice cream.  Next, put in one scoop of plain protein mix (I use Vi-Shape), followed by 1 T cocoa and 1/4 c plain yogurt. If you want it a little thicker and don't mind the extra calories, add in 1 T vanilla pudding mix, 1 t brown sugar, and 1 t cacao nibs.

Once you've done all that, throw in as many ice cubes as will fit in your Bullet, or about 1/3 c to 1/2 c. Keep the lid on tight and let the machine do the rest. Blend until the mixture is smooth and all the same shade of brown.  After it's done, I suggest leaving it where it is and taking a spoon to it immediately, 1) because it's delicious, and 2) because it melts quickly. You can pour it in a bowl if you want like I did for presentation's sake, but it's better in the cup. Top with sprinkles if you wish!

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream 1/4 c - 1/3 c oats 1/2 frozen banana 1/4 c plain yogurt 1/4 c - 2/3 c almond milk or soymilk 1 T cocoa 1 scoop plain protein mix 1 T vanilla pudding mix (optional) 1 t brown sugar (optional) 1 t cacao nibs (optional) 1/3 c - 1/2 c ice

Put everything in a blender or Magic Bullet and blend until smooth. Pour it in a bowl or eat it straight out of the cup immediately. Top with sprinkles if desired.

*Tip: If you're a peanut butter lover and want thicker ice cream, drop a tablespoon of PB in there before you blend. This will add about 90 calories, depending on the kind and brand.

Calories: 292 Carbs: 54g Fat: 5g Protein: 12g Sodium: 103mg Sugars: 19g With pudding mix, brown sugar, cacao nibs - Calories: 336 Carbs: 64g Fat: 5g Protein: 12g Sodium: 192mg Sugars: 27g