Nana Ice Cream Sundae {vegan / gf}

I love love love nana ice cream. I'm so glad I found it years ago. Like where has it been all my life? It's nothing like real rich creamy ice cream, I get it. But when I used to eat the "real" stuff, I felt this need to control my portions {for obvious reasons} and I would subconsciously feel a tad guilty while consuming it? And that's just silly. 

But I have a feeling, I'm not alone. I think the guilt was real because a carton full of rich creamy dairy and sugar isn't exactly the healthiest thing. But at the same time, we all need to splurge once in awhile. I mean, come on! And I mean splurge WITHOUT guilt. 

But for the most part, why feel like that when you don't have to. I consume frozen banana ice cream {aka nana ice cream or nice cream as some call it} and can't stop at a few bites, but the good part is, I don't feel guilty but rather nourished! Whaaat? 

Food shame - you totally suck! What a dumb concept that I don't want my kids to have to deal with. But that's why I choose this health foodie life because who has the emotional energy to have foods in the fridge and in the cupboards that "temp" us or that cause us to have a mental battle of right and wrong and should and shouldn't eat. Or why battle with the kiddos on which foods they can't and can have.. Or again should and shouldn't have. bleh! 

It's just easier for me and my family to have a plentiful abundance of all these healthy foods that they can eat until they are full without being told to have just a little or being shamed into not eating things. It's not fun to hear the whining either {so maybe my choices are totally self fulfilling}. Of course we talk about candy and junk that looks good in the stores or at birthday parties and of course they can eat it and enjoy it. In fact, I rarely hide it and rather let them eat as much as they want when it's brought home. They will only really learn why some foods shouldn't be eaten in large quantities when they get super ill or queasy or they have sores in their mouths. I could say it over and over but they will never get it. My job is just to coach them through it. Not make them feel guilty about it but to just make sure they know that the candy is what made them sick or gave them that sore in their mouth.

Home to me is my place of health where my kids can worry about homework or sibling rivalry, or balancing electronic time, not what they are eating or not eating. Pancakes or waffles for breakfast? Sure! "Nana Ice cream for lunch?...ok?"

And nana ice cream is fun to make with my kids - and super simple. Not to mention, my boys love cooking more and more now as they get older. So why not teach them healthy recipes? Rather than baking donuts, I'd like to give them the tools to make healthy foods for their family one day or for themselves when they go off to college. That's a skill we don't usually acquire until later on in life. Why wait?

Anyways, enough chit chat. Sheesh. Sorry about that. Now about this recipe...

The key to this recipe is the bananas; they must be completely ripe with dark brown spots on the peel before freezing or the ice cream won't taste right. 

Nana Ice Cream Sunday Recipe

ICE CREAM BASE INGREDIENTS

4 frozen bananas

1/2 tsp vanilla bean seeds or 1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup water or almond milk

SUNDAY INGREDIENTS

1/3 cup almond butter or peanut butter {preferably salted, otherwise add a little salt}

2 Tbsp maple syrup or 3-4 dates, seeds removed

2 Tbsp cacao beans or dairy free chocolate chips

1/2 cup granola

NANA ICE CREAM DIRECTIONS

In a blend you'll want to break up the frozen bananas into chunks. Or, better yet, cut the bananas into chunks before freezing them. 

In a high speed blender or food processor, you'll want to blend up the bananas and the water and vanilla on high until there are absolutely no chunks left and the bananas are pureed into what looks like ice cold ice cream. 

Serve immediately. 

SUNDAY DIRECTIONS

For the almond butter sauce, you'll want to blend up the maple syrup {or the dates} and almond butter until it becomes a creamy sauce.

Layer the granola, chocolate chips and almond sauce in between layers of the nana ice cream. 

Hope you guys enjoy this!

xoxo

Juli