Healthy Sweet Treats

Good morning and happy Friday!  Hope you have all had a wonderful week and are ready for a nice, relaxing weekend.  We’ve had a very full week this week including one trip to urgent care (don’t worry, everyone’s fine), a trip to the zoo, and several play dates.  Phew!  Mommy and baby are tired!  That also explains the delay in this week’s post.  Just had no time to sit down and write this out.  However, I’m so excited for this post because it’s about food!  If you know me, you know I love food.  All the food.  Healthy and unhealthy alike.  Especially the sweets.  Before I had sweet Madeleine, I enjoyed the sweeter things in life but I was definitely more about the salt and never really craved sugar.  It’s funny how pregnancy and having a baby can completely change our taste buds and cravings because now I’m all about the sugar!  Ice cream or donuts is a must on a weekly basis now.  As much as I am for treating ourselves when we deserve it because we crushed an awesome workout or were consistent with our healthy eating habits, I was finding myself treating myself several times a week even when I wasn’t good with my workouts or other nutrition.  I started trying to find new recipes that could satisfy my sweet tooth and actually be delicious, without loading me up with extra refined sugar that my body really doesn’t need. I know a few of you out there love the sweets too, so I hope these recipes I’m sharing with you help satisfy your sweet tooth and still keep you on track with your healthy living goals!

I know this is the latest rage in healthy desserts, but I could not believe that I had never tried this before!  You guys, IT. IS. AMAZING.  I had no idea how much frozen bananas blended up, really tasted like ice cream!  Once I tried a generic recipe, I had to experiment with my own flavors and see how it turned out.  Well, this is definitely on my weekly list of treats because I was heaven!

TIP:  Wait until the bananas have spots before you freeze them and use them in these recipes, otherwise the ice cream will taste too much like banana and the consistency will be off.

Frozen banana ice cream- chocolate

Ingredients:

1-2 frozen bananas

1 scoop/packet of chocolate protein powder

2 T unsweetened cocoa powder

splash of almond milk

Add-ins: mini chocolate chips, slivered almonds, crushed up walnuts

In a food processor or blender, blend all the ingredients together.  I add almond milk as needed throughout the process and it will look chunky in the beginning but keep blending because eventually (2-3 min) it will come together and look like ice cream.  Once it’s at a good consistency, pour it in a bowl or parchment paper lined baking dish and pop it in the freezer for about an hr.  You may want to stir it at the half hour mark to make sure it freezes evenly.  I add crushed up walnuts and some mini chocolate chips.  WOW.  It was so good and because I added the protein powder in there it filled me up and I didn’t need to snack afterwards.  I also threw in a couple oreos because, well…oreos.

Homemade chunky monkey ice cream

 

Frozen banana ice cream- cherry

Ingredients:

1-2 frozen bananas

1 cup frozen cherries

1 scoop/packet of vanilla protein powder

splash of almond milk

Add-ins: mini chocolate chips, slivered almonds, crushed up walnuts, dried cherries

The process is the exact same for this recipe as the previous ice cream:

In a food processor or blender, blend all the ingredients together.  I add almond milk as needed throughout the process and it will look chunky in the beginning but keep blending because eventually (2-3 min) it will come together and look like ice cream.  Once it’s at a good consistency, pour it in a bowl or parchment paper lined baking dish and pop it in the freezer for about an hr.  You may want to stir it at the half hour mark to make sure it freezes evenly.  I didn’t add anything into this recipe when I made it but you could very easily add a few dried cherries to make it really taste like Cherry Garcia.

Homemade cherry ice cream

 

Brownie batter

This recipe was introduced to me by my friend, Alina.  It really hits the spot when you just have to have something sweet.

Ingredients:

1 scoop/packet chocolate protein powder

1t coconut oil-melted

splash of almond milk

Mix the melted coconut oil and the protein powder together in a bowl.  Add milk as needed until it reaches your desired consistency.

 

Chocolate chip cookie dough

This recipe was also introduced to me by Alina and has similar ingredients and the same recipe as the Brownie Batter.

Ingredients:

1 scoop/packet vanilla protein powder

1t coconut oil-melted

splash of almond milk

handful of mini chocolate chips

Mix the melted coconut oil and the protein powder together in a bowl.  Add milk as needed until it reaches your desired consistency.  Toss in the chocolate chips and enjoy!

 

Oreo blizzard (frozen banana style!)

I got the basic recipe from Make the Best of Everything blog here and just changed it a little.

Ingredients:

2 frozen bananas

1/3 cup almond milk

1 scoop/packet vanilla protein powder

3-4 oreo cookies

Combine bananas, milk, and protein powder in a food processor or blender until it reaches desired consistency.  Add in oreos and pulse to break up the oreos to the size you want.

Homemade blizzard

 

Let me know if you try any of these out and how they turned out for you!

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