Monday, May 1, 2017

A Perfect Cheat!


This weekend our neighbors had some visitors and one of them was driving this little car that was a mint color. I said that it reminded me of Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream and ever since then I've been craving Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream.

I was going to go out for a cone for the past few evenings but I've been trying so hard to get my 10,000 steps in and figured having an ice cream cone would be counter productive.


When I came home from my run yesterday I noticed I still had two bananas on the counter. I figured I could make my own healthier version of ice cream with that.  Thanks to Pinterest, I've used the frozen banana method of making ice cream before. I figured this time I would just flavor it to reflect Mint Chocolate Chip.  Here's what I did...

Slice up a banana and freeze it for at least an hour.

Once frozen, throw banana slices and flavoring into food processor.

This is what I threw into the food processor with my banana slices.
-sweet leaf mint flavoring
-green food coloring
-chocolate pieces ( I discovered I only had white chocolate chips, so I used a piece of a chocolate candy bar that I had left over from my trip to Hershey)

Do not blend too long because you do not want it to be mushy.

I could have used a little more chocolate and if I had chocolate sauce on hand I would have put some of that in too ( I know, that would have been counter productive as well).  Good thing I didn't have any chocolate sauce.  I only ate a small dish but it definitely curbed my craving for mint chocolate chip ice cream and I didn't feel guilty about eating it since I made the "cheaters version".

What "cheater's version" of your favorite foods do you make? -M


We are linking up with the gals from TOTR where the topic is "Cheating".

31 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great way to enjoy a frozen treat without all the sugar! Ill have to keep this in mind next time I am craving some ice cream.

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    1. It's a good treat if you keep bananas on hand!

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  2. Now this is a cheat I can get my head around! Yum!

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  3. How smart is that!! I love the idea! I've only ever done this with a plain banana and no flavoring...never even thought to add other things like fruit or chocolate sauce! YUM!

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    1. I've done with adding peanut butter before but that was all.

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  4. I've never tried making ice cream with a banana, but that's certainly one way to mix things up and still get your potassium.

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    1. I found the recipe on Pinterest. You can do it with avocados too although I've never tried it.

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  5. I love frozen bananas & blending them up. I'm all about adding chocolate chips. I am great at taking a healthy treat & ruining the health part of it ;) haha

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  6. That sounds good! I may have had some chocolate mint frozen custard last weekend. Because I can't seem to stay away from the place.

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  7. Yesterday I had a pumpkin banana smoothie after my run. I keep a bag of frozen banana pieces in my freezer so I don't have to wait when I come across recipes like yours. Mint + chocolate is always a win!

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    1. Pumpkin banana sounds yummy! How do you keep your frozen bananas from getting brown?

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  8. Now that is a sweet cheat! I have never tried this- looks like fun to make!

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    1. Use the banana as the base and then you can add all sorts of flavoring.

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  9. Now this is a version of cheating I fully support! Looks fantastic. I'll have to try this sometime!

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    1. Yes, definitely less calories than the real thing!

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  11. Ooh what a great idea! I've never tried to make my own ice cream but we're getting to that time of year and I may need to follow your footsteps! Yum!

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  12. I have to say that mint-chocolate is pretty much my least favorite flavor combination of all time... BUT I do love doing frozen banana with pb and a little chocolate sauce for a healthier treat!

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    1. WHAT?? Just kidding! I know people who dislike the peanut butter and chocolate combo as well.

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  13. This sounds AMAZING! How have I not heard of the banana ice cream trick before?!

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    1. Oh it's been all the rage on pinterest a few years ago.

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  14. This sounds like the perfect post hot/humid run treat! Thanks for sharing :)

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  15. I'm a few days late on this and with the Derby coming up this weekend, I was just searching for Mint Julep recipes and wouldn't this be perfect with it!

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