Healthy Ways to Celebrate National Ice Cream Month!

Sunrise Senior Living  |  July 20, 2015

Ever since President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month in 1984, people have been celebrating appropriately with the tasty, cool treat.

Nearly 10 percent of all milk produced in the United States is used to make ice cream, according to the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA). Unfortunately, ice cream’s high fat content often negates the healthful benefit of the calcium in the milk and cream used to make it.

For those focusing on their heart health or a restrictive diet, high-fat dairy may simply not be an option. Luckily, there are non-dairy ice cream recipe hacks that are just as satisfying and worth celebrating. Try your hand at this delicious two-ingredient chocolate ice cream, below, and you won’t miss out on this month’s celebrations at all!

Two-Ingredient Chocolate Ice Cream
Serves 2

  • 1 large, ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon, dark cocoa powder
  • Optional: cinnamon, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, walnuts, cocoa powder

Slice the banana into half-inch thick slices and place them into a bowl or freezer bag. Using a ripe banana will ensure that it turns out sweet enough without added sugar. Freeze the banana slices overnight or at least 4 hours.

When you’re ready to make the ice cream, take your frozen banana slices and add to a food processor, pulsing until the consistency is smooth and chunky. At this point, add the cocoa powder and continue blending until the consistency is a of a creamy soft-serve ice cream. Place the mixture into a freezer safe container and freeze again for at least an hour. Scoop and serve like regular ice cream with your favorite toppings for a low-fat, high potassium treat!

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