5-Ingredient Dairy-free Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Recipe

dairy-free ice cream, paleo ice cream, Ice cream. Yum.

I have a little bit of a sweet-tooth, and as a result of that, I’m always on the lookout for a non-dairy ice cream copycat. And, yes, you could do a coconut milk or almond milk version — I know you’ve seen them in your supermarket — but they are still loaded with refined sugars. Not feeling that.

This dairy-free chocolate banana ice cream recipe is actually healthy. Minimal ingredients, only natural sugars, no crap. It’s not as sweet, of course, but it’s still delicious and it is 100 percent clean eating.

You can make this your own by throwing in whatever toppings you’re craving. I sometimes add dark chocolate chips for a little added crunch and sweetness. Dried cherries and chopped nuts are also delicious.

Yum. Pass me a spoon.
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Refreshing Cherry Paleo Sorbet Recipe

Paleo ice cream, paleo shaved iceThis recipe is kind of a cheat. It’s really just a frozen juice/smoothie that I’m trying to pass off as some form of glorified Paleo ice cream, but who cares? It’s delicious, good for you and reminds me of ice cream every time I eat it, so I don’t care if I’m “cheating.” You’ll be happy I did once you make it ūüôā

The recipe is actually similar to a traditional sorbet recipe, hence the name, which are mainly composed of fruit and a ton of added sugar. This is obviously without all that processed sugar, which is completely unnecessary anyway as the fruit is naturally sweet on its own.

You can do this with almost any smoothie or juice recipe. Things that incorporate starchier fruits like bananas tend to have a more ice cream-like consistency, while a straight-up juice — more watery, less smoothie-like in liquid form — will have more of a shaved ice feel, but honestly, either way is really yummy and will totally satisfy that craving of wanting a frozen dessert.

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‘Fill Me Up’ Paleo Avocado Smoothie

paleo avocado smoothie, avocado shakeI’m no stranger to a smoothie recipe. They are quick and convenient for breakfast or a filling snack, and they remind me of eating ice cream. Yum.

This one is particularly reministant of ice cream thanks to the avocado. Its super creamy, and give it a few extra minutes in the freezer after blending and you can enjoy it with a spoon as opposed to a straw. I sometimes keep a batch of this in the freezer for an after-dinner treat.

Avocado aside, the raw almonds amp up the “filling” factor even further, in addition to giving this a nice balance of healthy fats and protein in combination of the sweetness of the fruits.

You can top this with some bananas, Chia seeds or chopped raw almonds for a little texture.

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Dairy Free Smoothie Recipe: Raspberry and Chocolate Hazelnut

dairy free shake, dairy free smoothieWe all need some sweet in our lives.

And if you can feed that craving without processed sugars or artificial ingredients, you are doing something right.

Ever since I made my diet “clean” I always turn to the natural sugars in fruits, raw honey and maple syrup to sweeten treats, and this recipe is no different. It incorporates chocolate hazelnut butter and an added almond butter “sauce” topper, so it is just the right amount of sweet and is super filling.

As with all my smoothie recipes, using frozen fruits is a must. When you add ice you are essentially adding water; and who wants a watery shake or smoothie? Ick.

I usually make small portions of this, serving in a small glass; this recipes makes about 3 small portions.

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So Yum! Dairy-Free Raspberry Banana Shake Recipe

dairy-free shake, raspberry banana shake, healthy dairy-free shakeSmoothies and shakes are an easy and healthy breakfast or snack option for me.  I love the convenience of simply throwing a few fruits in a blender and pressing a button; easy clean up too.

I have a slew of different smoothie and shake recipes, but one common player in every individual recipe is using all frozen fruits — you can either buy them that way or buy them fresh and freeze them yourself. I often make fruit salads in the summer so I usually just freeze whatever I have left over. Using all frozen fruit and no ice makes these smoothies perfectly thick; I hate a watery smoothie or shake. Yuck.

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The Craving-Killing Healthy Chocolate Shake Recipe

healthy chocolate shake, healthy breakfast shake, Paleo shakeThis is one of those healthy recipes that feels a little unhealthier than it actually is — which is amazing, as that rarely happens. The consistently and sweetness of this makes it scarily similar to a legit chocolate shake, but its minimal, non-processed, dairy-free makeup makes it clean and healthy on top of its craving-pleasing qualities. It’s my go-to when I’m having one of those “just give me something sweet” moments — and it should be yours, too.

In addition to being a yummy snack or dessert, this shake also suffices as a filling — and fulfilling — breakfast. Eat up.

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