Unlike the Choc Ice’s of our youth, these little beauties are dairy free, refined sugar free and low in saturated fats. These are actually also good for us, being super rich in nutrients and anti-oxidants from choclately cacao powder alongside protein and healthy fats from the almonds. The perfect way to indulge guilt-free no matter what the weather does this summer!
I love chocolate and nuts so this is my favourite, but this method works with almost all smoothies and fruit purees – so have fun and experiment but don’t forget to add some sort of protein source in to stop your blood-sugar from rocketing.
Ingredients (Makes around 4 lollies)
- 3 frozen bananas
- 250 ml almond milk (if you like it really creamy, use coconut cream instead)
- 1tbsp almond butter
- 1tbsp Cacao powder or more if you want it (most decent health food stores will sell this)
- A handful of cacao nibs (optional)
Peel, chop and freeze the bananas over night in a tupperware or covered glass bowl
Place the almond milk (or coconut cream) almond butter, frozen bananas and cacao powder into a blender/magi mix and blend on high speed until smooth. If you want it sweeter, add a dash of honey or coconut sugar
Mix in cacao nibs, but don’t blend
Pour into ice cube trays or ice lolly moulds and don’t forget to put a stick in so you can get them out!
Place into the freezer for at least 4 hours
Once frozen, you can also experiment with rolling the ice lollies in a chocolate sauce (melt together cacao powder, cocao butter, coconut sugar) and then sprinkling over toasted and chopped almonds or coconut then re-freezing on a rack