For when you’ve got those chocolate cravings and don’t want to break the healthy eating plan!
I’m not on a diet.
I don’t even like the word diet. It implies that you are denying yourself something, a restriction of enjoyment, a temporary solution to a problem.
Fad diets aren’t sustainable, and they’re not a healthy way to live, in my humble untrained opinion.
I don’t need to lose weight, but I am on a mission to eat better and nourish my body in the best way I can (this does, on occasion, involve a few glasses of wine…). I’ll be 40 this year and I want to be in peak condition when I hit it.
I’m also training for an event I am planning this summer (something I am yet to tell you all about – but watch this space – it’s going to be epic!), so I’m trying to exercise and nourish my body to strengthen and tone. I’m trying to be conscious of what I am putting in my body.
Chocolate still features in this healthy eating plan.
Instead of reaching for a branded milk chocolate bar (which tend to have very little actual chocolate in it and I end up eating the whole entire thing to myself and end up not having those chocolate cravings satisfied**) I’ve been reaching for one of my home made chocolate fudgsicles.
The key healthful ingredient in this recipe which doesn’t break the healthy eating plan?
I keep a supply of sliced bananas in the freezer for whipping up into the a quick and easy chocolate banana ice cream in my Froothie Optimum ThermoCook. I don’t have to wait for the bananas to soften when using this appliance as it has a super strong motor that makes short work of them, blending them into an intensely creamy instant ice cream.
The addition of cocoa powder and a touch of carb-free plant based sweetener takes it to a whole new level.
You can make this recipe without the sweetener, but I do find that cocoa powder needs a little bit of sweet to balance it out. I used some Sukrin Icing Sugar I’d been sent to review some time last year. I found the packet in the back of my cupboard recently, as, if I am to be honest, I’m not a stevia fan. I find the taste quite artificial and metallic, so I don’t use it in my cooking.
A tiny pinch of it, when combined with the banana and cocoa powder in this recipe, totally works though. You can’t taste the stevia and it gives the cocoa powder that sweet balance the banana can’t do on its own.
As such, this recipe totally satisfies even the most intense chocolate cravings (ok, they do mine at least!) and depending on the type of cocoa powder you use, it comes in at less than 100 calories*. Win!
You can, if you want, eat the instant ice cream as soon as it’s creamed, or you can wait a little longer, place it in an ice cream lolly mould and enjoy this fudgsicle treat a little later on.
100 Calorie Chocolate Fudgsicle
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- Optimum ThermoCook method - place all ingredients into the bowl and press the PULSE button for 6 seconds. Scrape down the sides and repeat PULSE for a further 6 seconds. This should be sufficient, but pulse and scrape again if needed.
- High speed blender - place all ingredients and pulse for several seconds, scraping down the sides in between pulsing. It will take a minute or so to reach the right consistency.
- Food processor method - place all the ingredients into your food processor and process on medium, stopping the machine frequently to scrape down the sides. It will take a few minutes but it will get there, just keep processing.
- Either eat the instant ice cream as is, or spoon into an ice lolly mould. Tap the mould on the countertop a few times to remove any air bubbles and insert a wooden stick (I use my favourite wooden spoon).
- Freeze for two hours and eat!
Click here to view the nutritional information for this recipe.*
*Calorie content will vary depending on the brand of cocoa powder you use.
** I have been known to devour the entire 180 gram bar of Cadbury Marvellous Creations Popping Candy Chocolate in a matter of seconds.
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