I’m going to share today my go-to ice cream craving substitute. Now, it’s not exactly like ice cream, so if you go into this with the idea that it will be an exact substitute, you’ll be disappointed. And, again, with no sugar, it won’t have that emotional punch that sugar does.
BUT…if what you really miss is ice cream and milkshakes, this does go a long way to satisfying that longing. It has the exact consistency and mouth feel of milkshakes, and it’s sweet. The banana is what adds most of the sweetness, but since they’re frozen, it doesn’t taste overwhelmingly banana-ish. I find myself totally looking forward to this now, and feeling all happy inside when I know I have all the stuff to make it!
I used Stevia for the first time in this today, and it worked well. I only used a small amount – like 1/8 of a teaspoon – because I’ve found that when you use a lot, it tastes really funny. This small amount was okay, though. You’ll have to experiment with it to see how you like it. I hear that all brands work kind of differently. What I used was Sweet Leaf powder that I got at Whole Foods.
You also want to ahead of time have bananas frozen into chunks in your freezer, as well as milk, cream, almond milk, or coconut milk frozen into cubes in an ice cube tray. I keep a ziplock baggie full of frozen bananas in the freezer full at all times so that I can have this whenever I want!
Here’s the basics recipe. Completely simple.
- Frozen bananas
- Whole milk, cream, coconut milk, or almond milk – both liquid form and frozen into cubes
- A pinch of Stevia, or honey if you’re able to eat it
- Different add-ins for flavor: cocoa powder, cocoa nibs, sugar-free extracts (vanilla, rum, almond, etc.), cinnamon, coconut, peanut butter – whatever floats your boat.
- Some vanilla (or other flavor) protein powder to make it a meal
First, ahead of time, you need to break a few bananas into chunks and put them in a ziplock bag in the freezer. Also, fill up an ice cube tray with whole milk, cream, almond milk, coconut milk…whatever sounds good to you. Or a selection of all of them!
Stick some bananas and frozen cubes of milk/cream in a blender along with some liquid milk/cream. Put in some add-ins for flavor. Blend away. If you want it thicker add more frozen cubes or bananas. If you want it thinner add more liquid. (In my blender, I find that I need to make sure there’s enough liquid in there for the frozen parts to blend well – otherwise it just sits there doing nothing.) Taste it and if you want it sweeter, add a pinch of Stevia or some honey until it’s as you like it. Simple as that. I don’t eat the homemade chocolate chunks often, because it has honey in it, but if you’re okay with that then you can put some of those in too.
This is good as a snack or dessert, even as breakfast. If you want to up the protein content to make you fuller longer, put in a scoop of vanilla or chocolate or whatever flavor protein powder.
The cool thing about this milkshake is that you can make whatever flavor combinations you can think of. There is a banana flavor to work with, but it’s not overwhelming. My favorite is frozen bananas, almond milk cubes, cream, vanilla, dark cocoa powder, and a pinch (like 1//8 tsp) of Stevia. It’s soooo satisfying! Here are some other ideas if you need help getting started
- frozen bananas, coconut milk, coconut, sugar-free rum extract, dash of cinnamon
- frozen bananas cream, peanut butter, cocoa powder
- frozen bananas, almond milk, cocoa nibs, vanilla, chocolate protein powder
What combinations can you think of that sound good to you? Share them!