Hello beautiful souls ♥︎
Today I am sharing with you the brownie nicecream recipe I created a few weeks ago. This is an absolute DREAM for every chocolate lover and will not only satisfy any sweet craving but also basically take you to food heaven. I promise! It’s absolutely simple to make, totally healthy and guilt free but so delectable that it can easily compete with every dairy ice cream.
And if you ask me, it’s 100 times better because a) it’s so healthy that you can actually enjoy a huge bowl of it without fearing stomach pain or feeling heavy afterwards, b) it’s raw vegan made with only wholesome nutritious ingredients that are good for your body and c) it proves once again that nobody needs refined sugar or animal products to create a delicious dessert – well or breakfast, whenever you crave something chocolaty.
The combination of tart cacao, sweet banana and fresh berries is simply divine and I hope you will enjoy this recipe just as much as I do.
For the Ice Cream you need:
- 2-3 frozen bananas (I like to break mine into smaller pieces before freezing them, that helps with the blending process)
- 1 fresh banana
- 2 tsp ground flaxseeds (I buy mine whole and ground them myself in my blender, that ensures that your body can actually absorb the omega 3’s)
- 1-2 tsp (raw) cacao powder (feel free to add more if you want it really chocolaty; you can use carob powder instead of course if you are avoiding cacao)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
- 1 tsp maca powder (optional)
Simply place all the ingredients into your high speed blender. I put the fresh banana in first, that makes blending easier. The flaxseeds are not only super good for your body and should be included in everyone’s diet but I personally also find that they give the ice cream a perfect consistency and make it taste more “brownie dough” like. Same goes for maca powder. I LOVE the malty / caky taste of it in this recipe. And maca is incredibly powerful in helping your body to balance hormones and can therefor help with irregular or missing periods, mood swings, low energy levels, skin issues and even low libido. Plus it is rich in vitamins and minerals. Maca is a daily addition to my diet and I can highly recommend this adaptogenic superfood.
For the toppings you need:
- 1-2 heaped tbsp carob powder
- 1 tbsp cacao nibs
- 1 handful blueberries
- 1 handful dried banana (I get mine without any additives, no oil or sweetener)
The carob powder is for our chocolate sauce. This is seriously the easiest choco sauce in the entire world. Simply mix carob and water together – that’s it. I start by adding just a tiny bit of water into a small bowl with 1 or 2 tbsp of carob powder, stir it together and then continue adding until it gets the right consistency. You can keep it quite thick or make it into a runny sauce – whatever you prefer. If you want it sweeter you can add some date syrup or coconut sugar but I actually really like the taste of carob on it’s own.
Instead of making my own brownie bites I used the Lycka Mini Power Bars in this creation, broke them in half and rolled them into small balls. They are absolutely delicious and definitely high up in my bar favorites. They have a vanilla coconut flavor and a cacao one – I used both because why not?! Plus I really love their mission: with every sold product they donate money to the Welthungerhilfe, one of Germany’s biggest organisations for development and humanitarian aid. Currently they are supporting a school project in Burundi, ensuring that the children get a warm meal at school.
But of course you can easily make your brownie bites at home and twist them to your preferences. I love making these in a big batch and store them in my fridge for whenever I get a sweet craving, need a quick high energy snack or wanna take my ice cream or smoothie bowls to the next level.
Dates are usually the base of my creations. Add cashews, mulberries and vanilla for a white chocolate flavor or walnuts, cacao and some cacao nibs for a brownie version. I’ll post more recipes for raw treats soon to give you some more inspiration – but the possibilities are endless. Instead of a fruit and nut mixture you can use one of my rawnola recipes as a topping as well. You can find them here.
But now it’s time to assemble your chocolate dream. I used a glass jar, put my nicecream in, added all my toppings and drizzled the carob sauce on top.
ENJOY! Oh and please eat this mindfully without any distractions so you enjoy every spoon to the fullest. With our busy life we can get easily into the bad habit of eating while doing 10 other things at the same time, watching youtube videos, replying to text messages, doing laundry haha etc. I guess most of you know what I’m talking about. But truly enjoying your meals, sitting down at the table, maybe lighting a candle and eating them slowly and mindfully while breathing properly is not only so much better for your soul and mind-body connection, but actually improves digestion so much. I often get asked about bloating and this tip actually did wonders for me.
Anyway, I hope you like this recipes and as always feel free to tag me in your posts, use the hashtag #jjrecipes or snap me a pic of your creation.