I scream, you scream, we all scream for Nice Cream!


Is it just me, or is there absolutely nothing better than a big fat bowl of ice cream after a long day spent referreeing kids?! Especially in this sticky summer heat with them going in a million directions…with a million friends over at a time. I like to think it’s my right as a mama…to eat as much ice cream as I want. But as much as I would love to dig right into some well-deserved Ben & Jerry?s Peanut Butter Cup ice cream, it doesn’t always fit into my meal plan. Thank you to flexible dieting sometimes it does, but on the days it doesn?t, I HAVE to treat myself somewhere. After much trial and error, I’ve found my ice cream GOLD, my friends. This sweet treat not only fits into almost any meal plan, but seriously tastes just as good (if not better than) the real deal. Oh…and did I mention it only  requires 3 common household ingredients + 5 minutes start to finish to make?! Yes. For real. 

Guilt-Free Banana Ice Cream
from Jacqui McCoy?s kitchen

What you?ll need:
1 banana, sliced and frozen
? cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tablespoon Justin?s almond butter (chocolate almond butter is yummy too!)

How you?ll make it:
1. Put the banana pieces, almond milk, and almond butter into a blender.
2. Puree, turning off the motor and stirring the mixture two or three times, until smooth and creamy.
3. Pour into a bowl and serve.

What?s in it:
215 calories, 9 g of fat, 33.5 g carbohydrate, 3.3 g protein.



44 Responses

  1. Since this recipe has both carbs and fat in it, can you have it for breakfast on low carb days? I know we are to have carbs every morning for breakfast.

    1. Hi Pam: Since this recipe does have both carbs and fat, it would be a great option for a reward day/meal. You wouldn’t want to eat it for breakfast since every breakfast is a high carb meal. Enjoy!

  2. Just made this as a high-carb day snack and it’s amazing for people like me that get really bad ice cream cravings! I’m thinking it would be great to put in a popsicle mold and have as an alternative to fudgecylcles when using the chocolate almond butter!

  3. I have a question, I’m carb cycling and I’m wondering where this banana treat would fit into the daily plan. My understanding is you eat every three hours for a total of five meals low-no carb or higher carb depending on the day, and only the allowed amount like 2oz of approved proteins except veggies. Am I allowed to eat additional foods on my list of approved foods during the assigned eating times? Or would I eat this pudding as one of my meals along with a protein on a high carb day? How about the sweet potato pudding recipe ?

    I’m so excited about this clean way of eating, I’m just not sure of the details..do’s and dont’s

    Thank you !!

    1. This banana ice cream would be a great option for a reward meal/day since it has both carbs (banana) and fat (almond butter). The sweet potato pudding would be an option for the carb and protein parts of a high carb meal. There’s an awesome graphic in this post (as well as some other helpful info) that outlines how to put together every meal in carb cycling – both low and high carb – including portion sizes. Hope that helps!

  4. I make this banana ice cream, but I usually add also frozen berries a little agave, and some times some sugar free pudding. My family likes this sometimes better than buying ice cream.
    I like it really because I just got braces and it soothes my mouth and gums!

  5. This looks so good. I’m on the HCG diet Phase 1 again and losing weight the really hard way. I have lost almost 50 lbs in 3 months and working on my next 50. Sure would love to have some real food that doesnt put weight on me. Even croutons add 2lbs to me. I have to eat lean meat and green veggies and I work out at Planet Fitness three days a week. Also, Heidi, I’m 62 years old doing this. Thanks for your recipes…Judith

    1. Hi Katie: Unsweetened almond milk is counted as a flavoring, so you can use it on both low and high carb days. Just keep track of those calories as they can add up pretty quickly!

  6. I’m trying to leave a personell message for either Chris or Heidi on face book or email. How do I do this its bout my cousin and weight

  7. This cold treat sounds yummy! I can’t eat bananas, avocados or eggs which is a little tough because almost all smoothies ( nutrablast) recipes use bananas or avocados to thicken the ingredients. Any other suggestions?

    1. I’m not Heidi or Chris, but I have a suggestion to your conundrum! Can you have ground flax? It can be used as a thickening agent, and it’s healthy, too! I add a tablespoon of ground flax to most of my smoothies and to my hot cereals in the morning. Ground flax can be substituted for eggs in baking. 1 Flax Egg = 1 tablespoon of ground flax + 3 tablespoons of water. Stir. Let sit for a minute or two until thickened.

    2. As someone already suggested, flax is great. And I would also add – chia seeds as a great thickening agent!

  8. Hi Heidi and Chris,

    I am a big fan of you guys, and Thank you for the time and help you give us. Me I use banana frozen, frozen berries and 100 gr of vanilla yougurt 0 %, 35 calories. I blend them together and is a really guilty free ice cream and my daughters love it.

    P.S. Since I follow you guys from lost year I lost 54 lbs.

  9. Yum! Tip for those wondering about ingredient subs: I make this with JUST frozen bananas. When they’re blended enough (I do a solid 5 mins of blending in my mini food processor) they whip up into a super fluffy, white soft serve type consistency. It’s CRAZY. I love it. I have also added berries, nut butters, milks, cinnamon, nuts, etc. SO, I think anything would work in this, really.

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