Raw Banana-Cacao Ice Cream Recipe | Koko's Kitchen

Raw Banana-Cacao Ice Cream Recipe | Koko's Kitchen I made this super simple ice cream recipe after being inspired by Annelie Whitfield’s Facebook Page. I am a huge fan of Annelie’s and she wrote “Annelie’s Raw Food Power” which I absolutely loved. You can check out my review of it here.

Raw Banana-Cacao Ice Cream Recipe | Koko's Kitchen

Back to the ice cream! I actually felt GUILTY eating this for breakfast because it tasted so good…but when you think about it, it’s so similar to what I have in my smoothies. There is no reason to feel guilty! Bananas, superfoods, a hint of sweetener, and I would have liked to add some chocolate Sunwarrior protein, but I haven’t bought any since I’ve come to New Zealand. I like protein in the morning to help keep me full!

Raw Banana-Cacao Ice Cream Recipe | Koko's Kitchen

I didn’t make any measurements as I made this amazingly easy banana-cacao ice cream, but I’ve put down some ideas which I think to be pretty accurate. There are lots of ways you can customize this delicious breakfast or dessert. You can use any nut butter instead of peanut butter, you can add protein powder, you can use a different sweetener, you could leave out the cacao and use more maca….and the list goes on and on- that’s why I love raw foods…you can be so creative!

Now I’m feeling great, and I’m ready to work out. Lately I have been doing really quick HIIT workouts (High Intensity Interval Training). Basically, you can work out for a short amount of time, think 15-30 minutes, but burn a greater amount of calories than if you did longer, steady state cardio training. You continue to burn more calories in the 24 hours following your workout because your resting metabolic rate is boosted.

I love that you can squeeze these little workouts in just about everywhere….15 minutes is not long at all! But don’t think it will be easy either…it’s tough!!

HIIT workouts are awesome when travelling because you need little to no equipment. One routine I’ve been doing is 15 seconds of squat jumps, followed by 45 seconds of rest for a total of 15 minutes. I really struggle with jumps and plyometrics so this is quite tough for me but the improvement I’ve seen in myself within just a few times of doing this is amazing. QUICK progress!!

I also brought my skipping rope from home so I have been doing 20 seconds of very quick jump rope followed by 40 seconds of rest, repeated for 20 minutes. I love skipping now and it really helps with my calf muscles which seem to almost be non-existant 😉

One last thing that I appreciate about HIIT training is that it increases my mental strength and will power to keep going when things get tough. By going hard out for a short amount of time and then following up with rest or light activity, it teaches my mind that I can withstand being fatigued or short of breath and that it will get easier later. This has made running longer distances easier for me. I often find myself thinking on runs “I need to stop” “this is too much” but HIIT has made me able to say “no, I can keep going” and push myself even further before slowing down. On that note…see you post-workout!

Raw Banana-Cacao Ice Cream Recipe | Koko's Kitchen

An amazingly easy recipe for raw banana-cacao ice cream made entirely from natural ingredients. This is the best healthy dessert, or an awesome way to start your day.

Ingredients:

  • Frozen Bananas – 2
  • Almond Milk – A splash- just to get the blender moving
  • Raw Cacao Powder – 1 Tbsp
  • Maca Powder – 1 tsp
  • Natural Peanut Butter – 2 tsp
  • Maple Syrup – 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon – A Pinch
  • Chocolate Protein Powder – 1 Scoop (optional)
  • Chia Seeds – To Garnish
  • Ground Flax Seeds – To Garnish
  • Chopped Almonds – To Garnish
  • Cacao Nibs, or Chopped Raw Chocolate – To Garnish

Instructions:
Blend bananas, almond milk, cacao, maca, peanut butter, maple syrup and cinnamon and protein powder, if using, in a high speed blender until no chunks remain. Scoop into a bowl and top with chia, flax, almonds, and cacao nibs.

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