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Banana ice cream with black currant sauce

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The summer has arrived in Switzerland!! In this heat I cannot help craving some ice-cream! However the ones you can buy in the shops are usually loaded with sugar. Of course I would enjoy them while I eat them however straight afterwards I would regret it.
This banana ice cream is the perfect solution! It’s as sweet and smooth as ice cream, really quick to make and you can add all the flavours you like. If chocolate ice cream is your thing, just add some cocoa powder. If you like something a little more adventurous, try adding peanut butter, nuts or dried fruits. It really depends on how you feel on the day.

I choose to go for a pure raw banana ice cream with a fruity sauce. Actually I first wanted to have blueberry sauce with it (you might have noticed that I love blueberries) but then I saw the blackcurrants. They were locally, organic grown fruits while here in Switzerland unfortunately blueberries are always imported. So the decision was made, to try this amazing recipe with blackcurrants, but remember feel free to vary the fruits with any other kind of berries. You might just want to taste your sauce before adding too much sweetener in. For blueberries or strawberries you probably do not need any sweetener. Feel free to change your sweetener, If you do not have stevia at home, syrup or honey are always great natural alternatives.

Banana ice cream with black currant sauce

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  • Cook Time: 30m
  • Total Time: 30m
  • Serves: 2
  • Yield: 2 bowls

Ingredients

  • 4 frozen bananas
  • 240 grams black currants
  • 60 milliliters water
  • 2 tablespoons stevia powder
  • 2 tablespoons Chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Place the blackcurrants with 60 milliliter water in a pot over medium heat. Cook it for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Reduce the heat a little bit. Mash some of the blackcurrants and add the stevia powder and the chia seeds.
  3. Cook it for another 5 minutes till the chia seeds start to thicken your sauce.
  4. Remove it from the heat and let it cool down a little bit.
  5. Place the frozen bananas in a blender and blend them up till they are smooth.
  6. With a spoon you can make some nice ice cream banana balls and place them in a bowl. Add the black currant sauce and enjoy.

Blackcurrants have their season between June and August. Their nutritional values are the best of the local grown fruits. These berries have anti-inflammatory characteristics, they can obscure cancer and regulate your blood pressure and support your immune system. They also contain lots of vitamin C and flavonoids. This combination creates an anti-oxidative protection for your whole body from free radicals.
The blackcurrants are cooked in my recipe and thus loose most of their vitamin C in this process. If you want to benefit from all their nutritious values you should eat them raw.

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If you have some leftover sauce or if you cook double the quantity you can add later another tablespoon of chia seeds and make an amazing marmalade. However it’s not as long lasting as normal marmalade and needs to be eaten in the next days.


Pears belle Helene – Chia pudding

I admit, I love breakfast and especially the sweet versions. My boyfriend once in a while enjoys his traditional Irish breakfast of bacon, sausages, beans, scrambled eggs and toast. I myself rather prefer a big portion of fruits with yoghurt and granola or a self-made Bircher-Muesli. Smoothies alone do not satisfy my morning hunger, they can be great for people on the go but I am a breakfast person and smoothies always leave me looking for something more, something I can chew. For this reason I love to add some crunchy ingredients into my breakfasts, topping like nuts, granola or nuts are great!

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Usually I get up very early in the morning (also on weekends). On weekdays I have breakfast around 7.00, at weekends I like to eat breakfast with my boyfriend and so resist waking him for breakfast until 07:30.

During the week we have to leave the apartment early in the morning. Therefore it’s practical to prepare a breakfast that you can just grab and eat on the way. Satisfying on the go solutions can always be found in muesli, muffins or chia-pudding are all perfect for that purpose.

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With this dessert come breakfast the “Pear Belle Helene” is one of my favourites. I love the combination of pear and chocolate! Not forgetting to add some “crunch” in goes some caramelised walnuts along with cocoa nibs or small sugar free chocolate pieces.

The pear belle Helene Dessert for breakfast. Can life be better? Only with a little cream topping!

Pears belle Helene – Chia pudding

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  • Prep Time: 15m
  • Total Time: 10h
  • Serves: 2
  • Yield: 2 bowls

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 250 milliliters almond milk
  • 2 pears
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 50 grams chopped walnuts
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cacao nibs (optional)

Instructions

  1. Slice 2/3 of the pear into 1 cm cubes. Keep the remaining 1/3 pear for the garnish of your bowl.
  2. Whisk the shia seeds with the almond milk, cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon maple syrup and cinnamon together until well combined.
  3. Add the sliced pear and whisk again. Best is to store it in the fridge over night and whisk it a couple of times during the first hour.
  4. Heat 1 teaspoon coconut oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the walnuts and the second tablespoon maple syrup, whisk occasionally and wait till the walnuts are caramelized.
  5. Before serving slice the remaining pear in slices. Add them on top of your chia Pudding. Sprinkle the walnuts on top of it.
  6. If you want you can add also cacao nibs and additional cinnamon for extra flavor.

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