My Love Affair with Ice Cream
I love ice cream. Like, REALLY love ice cream. Unfortunately, it does not love me. While I had always suspected that dairy did not agree with me, I was given a definitive answer when I did an elimination diet, as recommended by Dr. Blakeney.
SIDENOTE: An elimination diet is a simple way to find out what foods work for your system and which foods should be eliminated. You simply cut out the foods in question (common foods include dairy, gluten, eggs, corn, and soy) and reintroduce them one at a time. While reintroducing each food, it is helpful to journal any and all symptoms. If you do not experience any symptoms, you should be able to consume this food again. If you do have symptoms, anything from tummy problems to fatigue and acne, you should take this food out of your regular rotation. Dr. Blakeney is a great guide if you decide to embark on an elimination diet. She works with all types of food allergies and intolerances. For someone with ongoing issues, her help can be life-changing!
Now back to the ice cream… I stopped eating all dairy about a year and a half ago. It has been challenging at times, but feeling great makes it worth it. I don’t miss milk or cheese, but that darn ice cream is what gets me! And I feel horrible every time I slip and have some. Such a bummer!
Because I am determined to stick to a dairy-free life, I have tried some alternative “non-dairy frozen dessert” products when I want to indulge. They were expensive and not so good. I even got a stomach ache from a few! I know it’s from the chemicals in these products, but I tried to block that out in the hope of finding a delicious treat. No luck.
In the past I have seen recipes for banana “ice cream.” I scoffed at the idea and went on my way. Well, the other day I revisited this idea when I wanted a sweet treat without the nasty side effects of a bowl of ice cream. I tried the Clean Eating Banana Ice Cream recipe from Clean and Delicious with Dani Spies and had very low hopes. Oh my goodness, I was so wrong! Banana “ice cream” is amazing! It has a very similar texture without the dairy and added junk of traditional ice cream. It’s simple and fits in with the low-inflammatory diet Dr. Blakeney has prescribed for me. It’s a win-win!
I know this sounds crazy. I really don’t expect anyone to buy that this stuff is comparable to ice cream. It seems too good to be true. Before you write it off, I highly recommend all of you freeze a few bananas and whip this stuff up. You won’t regret it!
Here’s the recipe I use, adapted from www.cleananddelicious.com:
1 frozen banana
1/8 to ¼ cup of non-dairy milk (I use cashewmilk)
Add bananas and non-dairy milk to a blender or food processor and mix until you reach the consistency of ice cream. Be patient while it works!
Yup, that’s it. Easy and oh-so tasty! Next time I need a treat, I am going to try adding mix-ins such as almond butter and shredded coconut. I can’t wait!
Will you try this recipe? What is your favorite low-inflammatory food substitute?
Written by: Sarah Tavakoli
Photo Credit: One Ingredient Chef.
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