Ever since Tiffany over at The Gracious Pantry posted her recipe for coconut banana ice cream I have been making it. A lot. The Husband is in love with ice cream, as are my kids. Me, I could take it or leave it. I’d rather eat chips. Barbeque, if you have to know the kind. Anyway. Back to the ice cream. Tiffany’s recipe is so simple, and it is actually healthy!
Since I started working out I have been struggling to get enough protein. And I have a big ole bag of chocolate protein powder in my cabinet. I’ve seen recipes for chocolate banana ice cream, by adding cocoa powder. And I wondered what it would be like if instead of cocoa I added the protein powder. Then, after I added the protein powder I looked around and saw a jar of almonds on the shelf. So I threw a few in. Then I remembered how I used to love DQ. With that as my inspiration, I came up with this healthy Snickers Blizzard recipe. I hope you guys enjoy it!
This is not a last minute idea type of recipe. It takes some planning ahead. But it’s worth it!
First, get some bananas and slice them onto a cookie sheet, in a single layer. Freeze an hour or two until solid. (I actually do many cookie sheets at a time and transfer them to a gallon size freezer bag. Then I have some on hand at all times.)
Put 1/4 cup of raw almonds (or any other nut you like) in a food processor and pulse for 10 seconds. Pour into a small bowl.
Put 3 cups of frozen bananas into the food processor. Blend for 1 minute.
Add 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder. Blend for 30 seconds.
Add 3 Tbsp peanut butter, 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, the almonds, and 1 cup milk (or or soy milk, or almond milk, or coconut milk. Whatever you have on hand)
Blend for 1 minute or more until it looks like soft serve.
This is seriously so good that I could eat the whole thing. But I don’t recommend that. You might get sick. I split it up into five servings of about 3/4 cup each. This is NOT a recipe that can be refrozen, it needs to be eaten all at once, so if you need to, scale the recipe back. It’s also a very forgiving recipe, just eyeball the measurements. If you like more chocolate, add more dark chocolate pieces. Or add extra nuts. Have fun with it, and enjoy your healthy indulgence (just be sure to come back and share!
Healthy Snickers Blizzard Recipe
1/4 cup almonds
3 cups frozen banana pieces – (fresh will give LESS banana flavor, which is good in this application)
2 scoops chocolate protein powder – (I want the extra protein, this should also work with cocoa powder though)
3 Tbsp peanuts only peanut butter – (make sure there are no hydrogenated oils or sugar added!)
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup milk – (or equal equivalent)
Smile and have a great day!