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First published 5/6/14
Summer is coming, and summer is the season for ice cream. Actually, any season is the season for ice cream, in my opinion; but the world at large views summer is more conducive to ice-cream eating than winter.
Here is a recipe for soft-serve ice cream that serves as a great dessert for your E meals-or it can be a snack all by itself! The ingredient that makes this ice cream so creamy is half of a frozen banana. Half a banana contains about 12 g of carbs, so take that into your 45 g carb consideration if you’re tacking this onto the end of an E meal.
You can make this ice cream into whatever flavor you want-but realize that it will have a banana-y flavor. Therefore, you might want to choose flavors accordingly. I added butternut extract to mine so it was kind of a banana-y, buttery, nutty flavor. Go figure. Kind of like butter pecan, only add bananas and take out the pecans.
*Please note*-contrary to popular opinion, bananas are allowed on the Trim Healthy Mama plan…in moderation. Half a banana is allowed in an E setting. However, if you’re having trouble losing weight, bananas would be one of the first things to cut out.
- Half a banana, frozen (make sure to peel before you freeze)
- ½ cup crushed ice
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
- ¼ cup 0% cottage cheese
- ½ - 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
- Rounded ¼ tsp. glucomannan
- THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder to taste (the banana will offer sweetness of its own, so go easy on the sweetener)
- Flavorings of choice (I used ½ tsp. of butternut extract)
- Set the banana out a couple of minutes in advance to slightly unthaw.
- Blend ingredients together in the blender and transfer to a freezer-safe bowl.
- Freeze for 45 minutes to an hour, stirring once or twice in the first half hour for a creamier texture and more even freezing. Serve when it reaches the desired consistency.
- You may use this alone as a snack or you could use it as a dessert for an E meal (it makes enough that you could probably split it with someone as a dessert). Half a banana contains about 12 carbs, so count that into your total for an E meal.