I’m really anxious when I’m pregnant. I mean I lean that way even when I’m not pregnant, but it increases quite a bit when I am. I’m more hormonal, more anxious, more on edge about everything. In an attempt to reduce my anxiety I’m working really hard at eating well and staying active in my pregnancy. It’s a way I can have some control and be proactive about being healthy and doing what I can to have a low-risk pregnancy, which, in turn, reduces my anxiety. I’ve found that the absence of added sugars has forced me to eat and try healthier foods I wouldn’t if sugars were still in the picture. Overall, it not only physically helps but it helps me mentally and emotionally feel better, which has been worth it completely.
However, it is not for the faint of heart. Let me tell you. I want ice cream and baked goods virtually every night. Not even exaggerating. In the slightest.
Lets just say I eat a lot of mangos and pineapples. The sweetest fruits I can get my hands on.
But, in an attempt to switch it up and get closer to the things I really want I’ve been scouring the internets. I found this basic banana “ice cream” recipe, which has been a godsend. It’s not ice cream, but it sure is close and it’s delicious!
Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better my husband did something brilliant. He added cold coconut cream to the recipe! It made the ice cream even creamier and cut the banana flavor a bit, which I liked. He puts a can of the coconut cream (make sure it’s coconut cream, not milk. You can get it at Trader Joe’s on the cheap) in the fridge overnight. Then the next night when my cravings start getting insatiable he adds the cold coconut cream, 2 tsp. vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt to the ice cream. Blends it until smooth. We also like to add some cacao nibs (superfood!) on top, as pictured above.
It is seriously so delicious and not a drop of added sugar. The banana’s are what sweeten it. In fact I’ve been using bananas a lot to sweeten things lately, like oatmeal, etc.
We want to try adding in some peanut or almond butter to the “ice cream” next. Mmmmm.
What healthy, no sugar, treats do you like? I am desperate to hear.