Thinking about my pre-sugar-free life, I realized that there were two things that seemed to be my staple binge foods. One was chocolate and one was ice cream or soft serve. Now, in my post sugar laden life, I can eat 100 % cocoa dark chocolate, or unsweetened chocolate and I don't EAT THE WHOLE BAR as I used to. Why? Simply because it was not the chocolate I was addicted to, as I had thought for most of my life, it was the sugar in it. Take out the sugar and pure chocolate is not a trigger anymore.
So then we come to soft serve. Well, let me clarify that I used to eat ice-cream in secret (as sure sign of addiction is when you binge in secret) and so on my journey along the sugar free road I wondered whether I would miss it. Once I tried the soft serve that was sweetened with Malitol and as good as it tasted, It was not good for me. Why? It was artificially sweetened, true, but the rule of thumb is this:
If you can't stop thinking about it and obsessing about it, planning detours to get it, then it is not for you. This a repeat of the addictive behaviour associated with sugar. This is what I was doing with the malitol ice cream and I knew it was a slippery slope. Having identified the negative behaviours, I have learned to recognize them now that I am living a sugar free lifestyle.
Was I going to never again have ice cream or soft serve? Well, for a while there I thought I might have to, but then I discovered Banana Mint Dessert. Wow, I was in sugar free heaven! And there was no crazy sugar high or trigger to binge and over eat so I was content to have that as my occasional treat. No sugar added and certainly refreshing with the addition of the mint. Yes I know there is a certain amount of carbs and natural sugars in bananas, but bananas are good for you and having them once in a while, is not going to cause weight gain. To check out the virtues of frozen bananas, click here.
Then Doris Romano, a nutritionist and a dear friend (and someone I am so excited to be working with in the future) sent me a link for Banana Hazelnut Ice cream! You can read the original recipe and blog here. I didn't have all the ingredients on hand so as per usual, I modified the recipe to fit what I had in my kitchen.
Chocolate Banana Almond-Hazelnut Soft Serve( 2 - 3 Servings)
3 Frozen Bananas
2 -3 teaspoons pure, unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons of Almond and Hazelnut butter
Coconut Oil - just a drizzle.
2 - 3 teaspoons of unsweetened almond milk ( or as needed just to get it going)
Pinch of Sea Salt
- Place everything in a food processor and blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately with your choice of chopped nuts or garnish.
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