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Healthy Cravings & Desserts

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Summer has always been my favorite time of year since I can remember. Whether I was spending the day swimming in the sunshine, playing sports with friends or eating my favorite ice cream on the porch, I love summer and all the happiness it brings. So it shouldn't have come as a surprise to myself or anyone who knows me well that with this hotter weather and the fact that I'm also pregnant, that I would be craving ice cream nearly every day. Even though I'm not a huge chocolate fan normally, I find myself wanting chocolate peanut butter ice cream daily (where did Libby go?). The other food group I crave whether pregnant or not is fruit. From Kiwi to watermelon or grapes (hello wine!) to bananas, I'll take all the fruit you want to give me. So in an effort to limit the calories I'm ingesting on a nightly basis and keep this little baby girl of mine healthy, I pulled out one of my favorite recipes from my childhood and figured I'd share it with all of you too!

One thing I love about this recipe is just how easy it is while being just as healthy at the same time. Almost every time I go grocery shopping I pick up a bunch of bananas. I know I won't eat them all before they get too ripe, but I also know that means that I'll have some bananas I can freeze to make ice cream later. I wait until they get over ripe, about as ripe as you'd want them to be to make banana bread. I then peel them and put them in a gallon size zip lock bag and put them in the freezer. You can leave them in there as long as you want or until you're in the mood for some ice cream. 

When you're ready to make some, just pull the bananas out of the freezer and chop them up into 2 inch pieces and put them in the food processor. For two people, I usually grab 3 bananas. 

Add two thirds of a small container of either plain or vanilla greek yogurt and a tablespoon of agave or honey - If you don't have any agave or honey, I have also used a splash of orange juice for some sweetness as well

Blend in the food processor until smooth & then enjoy! 

Feel free to add strawberries, chocolate or any other fruit or flavoring to your ice cream to change it up a bit. I'm a fan of some chocolate sprinkles to add a bit of color or a couple strawberries to create a new flavor.

One of the best things about this recipe is it can be used for a tasty breakfast or a simple dessert and you don't have to feel guilty when eating it! I've been enjoying this since I was little, and like it just as much now as I did then!

What are your favorite summer dessert recipes? While I'm not typically a huge dessert fan, this pregnancy has me constantly craving something sweet in the evenings & I'm always looking for a new idea to add to my routine & recipe book!


  1. Looks yummy! There's a copycat Wendy's Frosty protein shake that I've made before that's actually pretty spot on! If you get a chocolate ice cream craving, check that one out!

  2. yum yum yum! this would be perfect to stay on the health track but curb that sweet tooth!

  3. well hot dang, this couldn't be easier!!! i'm trying this weekend!

  4. This looks amazing. Pinning on pinterest!

  5. I've tried this before, but did not use the yogurt, and the results were a little...slimy. I think I will have to try it again with yogurt and see if I enjoy the texture better. And maybe strawberries :) When I was pregnant I was always craving lemon desserts!

  6. Yum!! This sounds like the perfect recipe to curve my pregnancy sweet tooth. I'm definitely going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!