If any mom realises a chocolate ice cream can be made at home within 2 minutes with just 4 healthy ingredients, she would definitely not let her child have a store-bought ice cream. Store bought ice creams are not just sugar laden, but also in additives such as artificial colours, flavours and preservatives which are known to cause health problems not just limited to obesity, ADHD, behavioural issues and cancer .
This recipe serves 3 and uses just 4 ingredients , more can be added according to your family’s tastebuds. The main ingredient avocado is nutrient dense and contains good fats . It is also rich in vitamin A, E, K, B6 , C , Folate and Magnesium.
- 2 avocados/butter fruit
- 250-300 ml chilled whole milk ( Raw milk is the best option)
- Organic cacao powder( yes, cacao and not cocoa. more details on this at the end)
- 4-5 tbsp of unrefined cane sugar or date syrup
- Almonds, Cashews and Pistachios( Optional)
- Cardamom Powder (optional)
- Cut avocados vertically into two halves. Remove the seed and scoop the flesh with a spoon.
- Transfer all ingredients except the nuts to a blender , Blend it for 30-45 sec. ( Can be even mashed with hand and mixed in a vessel if you wish to skip using the blender)
Tada… The easiest and healthiest chocolate ice cream you can ever imagine is ready.
Transfer the mixture into a bowl and serve at room temperature or chilled.
If you are adding nuts, add it at the end and blend once. This will add a crunch factor to the ice cream.
If you find the mixture too thick, add little more milk and blend again. If it is too dark or bitter for your taste, add a little more sugar or date syrup.
What’s the difference between cacao and cocoa powder?
Cacao is the unprocessed, powdered cacao beans. Rich in Copper, Selenium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc, Vitamins and antioxidants.
Cocoa is cacao processed at a higher temperature and with alkali and usually had added sugar. This changes its nutrients, and structure at the molecular level and doesn’t offer much health benefits. While you read about dark chocolate being good for heart, it’s the cacao that is actually meant. However, when it reaches the magazines and newspapers, it is modified to be read as chocolate. Forget about chocolate (dark/milk) you eat being heart protective, the way it is processed will just clog your arteries.
How about the chocolate milk that we give kids? Be it boost, bournvita , nesquik or milo; it is highly processed, loaded with sugar, salt , synthetic vitamins and chemicals which will harm kid’s health.
If you want to give milk to your child by altering the taste, try cacao powder, or home-made dry fruit powder like almonds with cardamom or fennel seeds. They are wholesome, nutritious, delicious and give the real energy boost.
If they don’t like milk, just chill. Milk is not the only source of calcium/protein in this world.
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