It's only Thursday, but obviously my cravings don't care what day it is.
As if I needed more reason to hate them!
If it was Saturday, I would probably indulge on a couple of scoops of actual ice cream (probably super rich chocolate, vanilla and a raspberry sorbet. OMG, I don't even want to think about it), not caring that it would send my body into a sugar rush, but for the weekdays I need to stay on top of my cravings. After cutting down dramatically on the sugar I was eating just a few months ago because it was making me feel tired, restless and annoyed, my body has been super sensitive to sugar. Because I had a quite scare incident early in the summer, forcing me to the emergency room (turned out nothing was wrong), I became aware that I was extremely stressed and my body was freaking out causing memory loss, sleepless nights, weight gain and all kinds of terrible things. I can't really believe I didn't notice it before, everyone is so busy and when you are doing things you actually really like it doesn't feel like stress, it just feels like you are busy too, like everyone else. I needed to do something, and eliminating foods that were affecting my body in a negative way was one of them. I still eat sugar, believe me, but I try to do it only once a week, and this recipe is so delicious and satisfying it has me (almost) forgetting about real ice cream. At least during the week when I'm not allowed to have it (boundaries are good, it makes you appreciate that one day a week so much more and my body is forever grateful for the change)! If you care about calories, this recipe is just under 130 with good healthy fat from the cocoa powder, so it's not going to break your healthy routine either and you'll get a little mood kick from all the sugar in the banana.
My friend Ditte had been going on and on and on about this wonderful recipe for banana nice cream, but my only experience with it had been horrible, making me a little sick just thinking about it. I sure must have done something terribly wrong when I made it the first time. But following her directions I decided to try again because I needed a fix for my cravings and as it turns out I'm completely smitten with it. It doesn't taste like banana, it tastes like chocolate. Seriously! It's super smooth and delicious, and you can basically top it with anything you want. Peanuts, dark chocolate, coconut, whatever you'd like.
The base for this recipe is frozen banana and milk, and from that you can be as crazy and adventurous as you'd like. You can make chocolate nice cream like me, or you can add peanut butter, coconut, licorice, berries, the options are endless, really! What you do is that you peal and chop a banana, place the piece on plate or in a plastic bag and freeze them for at least four hours. Ripe bananas do better, but if you want something tonight and only have not-so-ripe bananas it works perfectly fine as well. Take them out of the freezer and blend them with a little bit of milk until you get a smooth consistency. You can use a blender, or whatever electrical device you have in your kitchen.
To make one portion you'll need
One big, ripe banana (frozen, in medium sized pieces)
1-4 tablespoons milk
A pinch of vanilla powder
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
Any kind of topping. I used chopped dry roasted peanuts.
Put your frozen banana and milk (add a little bit at a time) in a blender and run until smooth. Add the cocoa powder and mix again. I prefer a really rich and heavy chocolate flavour, partially to hide the taste of the banana and partially because I have really amazing cocoa powder. You can add a little less if you'd like, but I'll say this: the quality of your cocoa powder can potentially make or break this recipe. It is the main flavour, and if you have great tasting cocoa powder, you can't really go wrong with this.
I can't wait to have pizza and pastry with my friends this weekend, but for now I'm pretty happy with scooping up big spoonful of this thing, and I think my body is quite pleased too. It's surprisingly important to remember to notice how your body is reacting to the food you are eating, and equally easy to ignore. I would lie if I said that I didn't eat a little square of chocolate last night, but hey, I'm trying. Changing is hard!