Yesterday was one of those days was so “off” that it just about made you dizzy. Between rounds with the doctor, charting, a drug rep running 45 minutes late (who was proving lunch for myself and 17 co-workers — hungry co-workers are scccary!), my car stereo/radio going out…again (fixed after a third trip to the repair place), etc, etc, etc. I felt like I was running all day and yet, felt completely unproductive.
When I paused to think, “What recipe am I going to blog about tomorrow?” (because bloggers think about this kind of thing), I realized my batch of Five-Minute Chunky Monkey Ice Cream was no more. Finito. Vanished. IN MY BELLY. Thank goodness I had slowed down the inhalation process, just a bit, to take a [crappy] photo over the weekend…
Lucky for me, I keep stock piles of frozen bananas on hand – in the past for smoothies, and lately, for Chunky Monkey. I’m all for a great ice cream and the whole ice cream making ordeal, but there’s something so very phenomenal about having homemade (HEALTHY!) ice cream in 5 minutes.
Even crazy busy, make-you-dizzy kind of days will allow the time to throw a few ingredients into a blender or food processor and let it whirl. And let’s me honest, those are the days Chunky Monkey needs to come to the rescue most.
6 medium bananas, peeled and chopped, frozen
3-4 Tbsp skim milk
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup chocolate chunks
2 Tbsp Nutella (or peanut butter)
Puree the bananas, milk, and Nutella in a food processor or blender until smooth. Add the walnuts and chocolate chunks and pulse until mixed in. Serve immediately or freeze for later consumption. Yield: 4 cups (8 servings; 1/2 cup each).
Nutrition Information (per serving): 156 calories; 5.1 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 6 mg. sodium; 27.8 g. carbohydrate; 3.1 g. fiber; 2.3 g. protein
Result: Mr. Prevention pretty much thinks I’m the smartest thing ever after this one. I’ve made banana soft serve before, but adding the Nutella, walnuts, and chocolate takes it to a whole new level – a Chunky Money level. While Mr. P thought the calorie count would be lower, I had to remind him that each serving is nearly a serving of fruit – and bananas are one of the highest calorie fruits per serving. So while not a free-for-all calorie-wise, this Chunky Monkey Ice Cream is not only simple to make, but offers fiber, vitamins, and minerals (potassium!) and far less fat than any regular’ol ice cream. And, it really does taste like Chunky Monkey! Enjoy!
And just because they’re so darn pretty (and photogenic!)…our sunflowers:
I am actually “off” work today — I have several meetings with the teacher whose Nutrition Care Process and Medical Nutrition Therapy courses I’ll be taking over, as well as a meeting at the college with the department. I am also going to head up to our new office! My dear business partner and her very sweet hubby spent the weekend cleaning and furnishing our office space and I hear it looks fabulous! 😀
Question: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?