golden nice cream
Don't be fooled by the star ingredients of this recipe, bananas, turmeric and coconut yoghurt. This is not some weird take on an Indian-inspired dish. This is also not a curry. And this is not a some lost mango lassi in a thunderstorm.
This actually happens to be my favourite breakfast meal of all time: ice cream, aka nice cream (frozen bananas blended into an ice cream consistency). Let me help you out on this one if you haven't heard of this famous vegan term (yes, we will claim it as ours) before: banana ice cream = nana ice cream = nice cream. Waddup son.
Now I know turmeric is probably the last thing on your mind when you think of ice cream (after asparagus and brussel sprouts) but trust me, this combo is the pretty dang legit and hella fluffy. Let's get stuck in.
The recipe calls for rather potent ingredients so don't be surprised if you feel like you're flying after gobbling down this golden magic.
Banana - Can I get a big LOL to the time I thought eating one banana was too much. Now I eat anywhere between four to six a day. Shocked? Horrified? No reason to be, friends. Bananas are also not only food for you but also for your gut bacteria. As a prebiotic, nanas stimulate the growth of the friendly folk who live in your large intestine. So if anything, remember that you have 100 trillion bacteria who reside in your intestinal tract, and eating some bananas is the least you can do.
Turmeric - A powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years as a medicinal herb and spice. Its bioactive compounds, curcuminoids - the most important being curcumin - is where the power medicinal properties lie.
Coconut yoghurt - Cocoyo is a fantastic alternative to animal yoghurt. Humans are the only species who drink milk from another species other than their own and who carry on drinking milk into their old age. That's weird. So go dairy-free and reap the vitamins, minerals and live active cultures without the without the saturated fat, cholesterol and violence. And yes, coconut yoghurt does have calcium. Suck your own (and then stop after you turn five years old).
and Maca - Known for balancing hormones for women and men, increasing libido and energy in general, maca is true superfood and happens to be part of the cruciferous family, whose members include radishes, broccoli and cabbage #unassuming. Grow in the high altitude regions of Peru, it has been used for centuries in South America for its medicinal properties. As an adaptogen, maca helps to balance and restore the body by communicating with our cells. Adaptogens don't really have a specific action when they enter the body but are able to adapt their function, responding to any influence or stressor in the body, normalising our physiological functions. Adaptogen = chameleon.
4 bananas, peeled and frozen overnight
1/2 cup pineapple, cut into chunks and frozen overnight
1 - 2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp desiccated coconut
1 tbsp maca powder
1/4 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp coconut sugar
All the coconut yoghurt. I used this brand.
1 passion fruit
1/4 cup of your favourite granola
A drizzle of maple syrup
1. Place frozen banana pieces and pineapple chunks in a food processor or very powerful blender.
2. Put in ear plugs.
3. Process until the fruit looks crumbly, then scrap down the sides and keep churning. You may want to add a drop of water or two to aid the process along.
4. Throw in the turmeric, cinnamon, desiccated coconut, coconut sugar, vanilla essence and maca powder and continue until your nice cream begins to look look soft and fluffy.
5. Take out the ear plugs.
6. Top with coconut yoghurt, fresh passion fruit, granola and maple syrup.
7. Sit in the sun.