A few weeks ago, I received the following email from Dana G:
“Stacy, please help. I have just found that I am allergic to gluten, nuts, eggs, chocolate, corn, avocado and dairy. I feel like I can’t eat anything and I miss dessert! Can you give me a quick and easy recipe for a treat?”
I was happy to help, although I couldn’t use my favorite dessert, a chocolate mousse that is made the raw/vegan way with avocados. A great contender though, is K’s favorite healthy dessert, which we call Five Spice Banana Cream. It was hard to come up with a name for it–it is a cross between soft ice cream and pudding. This dessert is delicious, nutritious and ridiculously simple to make. The Chinese Five Spice I use is a powdered mixture of cinnamon, star anise, ginger, fennel and cloves. It is delicious and the nutritional benefits are too numerous to count, but I will say this combination is great for digestion and blood sugar management. If you don’t have Chinese Five Spice Powder on hand, you can substitute cinnamon, nutmeg or any of your favorite spices.
Bananas are one of the best sources of potassium, an essential mineral that helps maintain normal blood pressure and heart function. Just one banana a day may help to prevent high blood pressure and protect against heart disease.The potassium also improves your body’s ability to absorb calcium, making bananas great for your bones. Bananas have also been known to prevent and heal stomach ulcers. Although bananas are mostly protected by their peel, I encourage you to buy organic bananas. This will benefit your health, and also the health of the farmer that allowed you to enjoy it.
- 4 bananas sliced
- 1 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice Powder
- optional: 2 tablespoons almond butter
Place banana slices on a plate and freeze for 2-3 hours. Place bananas in a food processor along with the spice powder. Blend. In the beginning, the bananas will look like finely diced banana flakes but eventually they will come together and look like ice cream. If your bananas do not come together, it just means they are too frozen. Let them sit in the food processor for five minutes and then try again. If you want to add almond butter (not Dana or anyone allergic to nuts!) you can at this point and it will give it a mousse like consistency. Continue to blend until it looks like ice cream and enjoy!