It’s the first week of summer and I feel like I’m eating ice cream every single day just to stay cool! That’s why I decided to create this cool treat for a healthier ice cream pie…it’s a Chocolate Banana “Nice” Cream Pie!
My apartment is blazing. The air conditioning seems like it can’t keep up with the heat that seeps through the windows and the walls of our home. I feel like here in New York, we didn’t really have much of a transition from winter to summer. Only a couple weeks ago I was wearing a jacket into work and now it’s all I can do to put a bra on! TMI? Sorry, but for real, whoever invented bras obviously didn’t think of those of us who live in hot humid climates!
This healthy treat has been on replay this week in the Yates household.
I hesitate a little with sharing this recipe for Chocolate Nice Cream Pie, though, because I don’t want you to ever think that I ever refuse a REAL ice cream pie or cake or cone or any other form of the standard summer treat. But there are times I want a nice treat but my stomach seems a little hesitant with full blown ice cream. So, that’s when I discovered this tasty dessert!
Paul and I just got back from a wedding with family which was super relaxing and enjoyable. Living so far from family makes us truly treasure the times we are with those we love. But, I feel like each time I travel as an adult I learn how unprepared I am sometimes. It makes me so anxious that I’m forgetting something, or will miss something, or something will go against my somewhat well thought out plan. Paul and I have seemed to barely slide by with certain aspects of traveling. For example, our plan to get to the airport without having to drive and leave our car and pay for parking includes taking a bus from our apartment to the train station, taking the train to another bus which will take us to the airport. If we miss one of those modes of transportation, our plan is screwed and we end up later than anticipated. I used to be so well prepared! I was the typical type A personality who always had everything together and prided myself on how structured I was. But I don’t know what’s happened the last few years. It seems that having to manage another person along with myself has taught me a whole lot of different life lessons. Maybe that’ll be another post all in and of itself.
I’ll be real with you guys. Eating healthy while traveling is difficult…for EVERYONE! No joke, some of my meals on the trip consisted of nothing but airline snacks, watermelon, and cake (yes, that happened…no shame!) And then there’s preparing for meals while you’re traveling. It can be so tough to eat healthy when you’re running around with other people who don’t have the same schedule preference as you do. Some people don’t eat breakfast, others don’t snack throughout the day, and others ONLY snack throughout the day. Traveling was something I used to get anxious about, you know, being my type A personality who had to have everything all planned out including meals and the thought of anything being considered “unhealthy” in my mind stressed me out. But thank God I’ve found freedom from that stress! I’ve found enjoyment in the unknown and unexpected. I have found beauty in allowing life to just pan out how it’s going to. I no longer feel the need to control every little situation (including the food I’m eating), but instead, have found joy in indulgences that come with vacation!
Being home now, I’ll admit, my previous eating disorder mindset tries to sneak in and tell me I need to restrict. It tells me I need to diet for a week or two after all that I ate and enjoyed over the last week. It tells me I need to spend more time at the gym. But I’m grateful to no longer be in that place. I’ve learned that vacation indulgences are not a need to cut back. There’s no need to enter into that yo-yo, roller coaster diet mindset that so easily can seep into our lives. Instead, this week, I’m enjoying fresh foods, but still eating cake that a coworker brought to work, still sipping wine at the end of a long day, going back to eating intuitively and mindfully exercising.
Anyways, I wanted to share this recipe for you guys not as an ice cream cake or pie replacement, like I said before, but as a healthy treat that you can tuck away in your recipe box for times when you feel your body craving sweets but also a fresh re-boost after a week or weekend that’s out of your normal eating routine. But also, this is a great recipe for anyone wanting a healthier treat in the summertime heat!
Like I said, this is not ice cream. It doesn’t taste as rich and creamy as ice cream. It does not replace a strong craving for ice cream, darling, so don’t try to trick your body with it if what you really want is ice cream. But it’s good in it’s own special banana nice cream way! And it’s light, chocolaty, and fresh…So if that’s what you’re craving, this is your treat!
I could literally eat this for breakfast (may or may not have already). It’s a refreshingly cold treat for those hot summer days. But the great part is, this pie is made of all wholesome ingredients! The crust is a crumbly but chewy date and walnut layer topped with creamy cocoa banana filling and topped with rich dark chocolate.
Can’t wait for you all to try this! And if you do, of course please let me know either by contacting me through email, posting a pic to Instagram with @steelnchiffon or #steelnchiffon, or sharing this recipe to Facebook! Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Chocolate BananaPrint Recipe
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1 cup chopped dates, pits removed
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 bananas, frozen
- 2 tbs unsweetened cocoa
- semi-sweet dark chocolate chunks and sliced banana to top
Combine walnuts, dates, cinnamon, and salt in food processor or blender and blend until dough forms.
Press firmly as the crust into an 8 inch springform pan or standard pie dish.
Now blend frozen banana and cocoa in a blender until smooth.
Spread banana mixture over the date-walnut crust.
Top with chocolate and freeze for 1 hour.
Once solid, remove from freezer and top with slices of banana before serving.
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