810 Burpees in 9 Days. Let’s celebrate with ice cream!

I made something so delicious last night that I just had to blog about it!

ImageBlackberry Peach Nicecream (adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie’s “Secretly Healthy Red Velvet Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup frozen blackberries
  • 3/4 cup frozen peaches
  • Just under a 1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • 1-2 tbsp raw cacao powder (note, I used a full two and it was STRONG)
  • A few drops of vanilla

The directions are easy, you throw it all in a Vitamix or other high-powered blender until it turns to the consistency of creamy ice-cream (about 1 minute in a Vitamix using the tamper). So a couple differences here between the recipe I made and the one from Katie’s blog.  The biggest thing is the raw chocolate.  Raw chocolate has a much stronger flavor than cocoa powder (what the original recipe calls for) which is why I ended up adding in some agave nectar.  The agave cuts the bitter of the chocolate without making it overly sweet.  The benefits of the raw chocolate are plentiful.  It’s a killer antioxidant.  It also has a big punch of nutrients:

  • Magnesium, and other essential minerals including calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese
  • Polyphenols called flavonoids, with antioxidant properties
  • Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, E
  • Essential heart-healthy fat: oleic acid a monounsaturated fat
  • Protein
  • Fiber

I’m a fan!  This low-calorie nutrient-rich snack is also so healthy that I had some for breakfast. 😛

The one caveat I’ll admit is that this is no sissy’s ice cream.  The flavor is STRONG, especially if you use the full 2tbs.  Tone it down by using less raw chocolate, and add a little more agave if you’d like it to be sweeter.  It was too much for my boyfriend but that just means more for me!

Before I leave you, I did try the Warrior Food protein powder in my smoothie this morning.  I mentioned Warrior Food in yesterday’s post.  I was really excited to try it since it has high reviews online and it’s the protein powder of choice of my favorite local raw foodie.  I’ve got to say, I was not impressed but I’m going to give it another chance.  Here was the recipe I used:

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • handful of frozen pineapple
  • handful of frozen mango
  • handful of spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tbs flax seed oil
  • 2 tbs Warrior Food

Since I left out the spirulina and didn’t use much spinach I was surprised the drink was green.  Green drinks don’t bother me one bit, I was just wondering where the color came from and my current hypothesis is the cactus, but perhaps hemp turns green?  The thing that got me was the flavor.  I can’t quite put my finger on it but there was something odd.  I want to try it in one of my strawberry recipes because it’s possible the pineapple-mango just wasn’t a good partner for the mix.  It was also grittier than the other powders I’ve tried.  I will say I couldn’t taste the stevia at all and despite the not-so-great initial taste there was no aftertaste.  That was enough to get me to keep drinking it but in full disclosure I winced on each gulp.  So far I’m giving it a C, but if I change my mind I’ll let you know!

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