Since it’s pumpkin season, here is one of my favorite healthy fall desserts. I like to use bananas as a base for my skinny ice creams because they lend a really creamy texture without the dairy fat. It is delicious, dairy-free, paleo and the perfect frozen treat no matter what eating plan you are currently on (21-Day Fixers, this includes you).
Skinny Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream:
GF, Paleo, Dairy-Free, Vegan | Makes 5 Servings
- 3 ripe bananas sliced. Make sure they’re ripe because the green ones are overpowering and will ruin the ice cream.
- 1 cup pure pumpkin puree. Make sure it’s just pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling. I like Trader Joe’s Organic pumpkin just because they say their can liners don’t contain BPA
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cashew milk. You can sub unsweetened coconut or almond milk, but I’m currently obsessed with cashew milk because it’s creamier than almond milk and slightly lower in calories. It is available everywhere now.
- 1/2 teaspoon of chia seeds. I added these for fiber, texture, healthy fats and because they expand, which bulks up the icecream.
- 1 1/2 tsp of pumpkin spice
- 2 full droppers of liquid stevia.
- pinch of pink Himalayan salt or sea salt
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and then freeze for 24 hours.
Fun Tip: For even more pumpkin pie taste, crumble up a few gluten free graham crackers into the ice cream mixture before you freeze or roll the ice cream in them once frozen to make snowballs (demonstrated here).
Fit Tips: Just like you are not supposed to eat directly out of bags or boxes, don’t eat directly out of the freezer container. Portion out into single sized servings when you freeze. Also, turn this ice cream into a healing powerhouse by adding a scoop of vanilla protein powder (pea protein or whey protein are both nice choices) and eat post workout for muscle repair. Note: if you add the protein powder increase the amount of cashew milk by 1/2 cup.
Voila! So easy. If you enjoyed this recipe, check out my Skinny Mounds Bar Ice Cream too. Guys please let me know what you think! I love hearing feedback. xx CC