HEALTHY BANANA SPLITS WITH NICE CREAM & CHOCOLATE AVOCADO PUDDING | STEEMIT CULINARY CHALLENGE #39 | VEGAN, ORGANIC, PLANT-BASED, NO ADDED SUGARsteemCreated with Sketch.

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How do you make a banana split healthy? Take some banana slices, then layer on some avocado pudding, then top it with nice cream, goji berries, chia seeds, walnuts, and of course a cherry on top. And there's no added sugar, but it still tastes like a delicious sweet treat, without all the guilt.

What is nice cream?

Nice cream is essentially natural ice cream made with frozen bananas, and a bit of added liquid. It's usually dairy-free and vegan, and it's like homemade ice cream. When combined in a blender or food processor the result is something that tastes very much like regular store-bought ice cream but without all of the processed sugar and chemical additives.

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Why would a banana split be nutritious for a baby?

The theme of this week’s culinary challenge is natural baby food. So I thought this would be the perfect guilt-free sweet treat for the occasion that would be appetizing for parents and suitable for a baby to eat. I used dates to sweeten the avocado pudding, and ripe bananas to sweeten the nice cream. This treat is soft and easy for babies to consume, and it's loaded with superfoods like goji berries, chia seeds, avocado, cocoa, coconut milk, and of course bananas. It would be the perfect snack in between meals and a great way to get some fruits and nutrients into your child's diet.

Health benefits of bananas

For starters, as most of you probably know, bananas are loaded with potassium, which is essential in preventing dehydration, improves bone health and muscle tissue growth, stabilizes blood sugar levels and normalizes brain function and prevents strokes. Bananas also have an array of essential vitamins, minerals and potent antioxidants like vitamin C, B6, and magnesium. Moreover, they have been shown to improve heart health and kidney health, assist with weight loss, and improve digestion.

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Health benefits of goji berries

Gogi berries are a great natural source of calcium, vitamin C and iron. They're said to be one of the healthiest dry fruits out there and have been used in Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years. They're loaded with antioxidants and other nutrients which assist with digestive health, improve immune function, promote healthy skin, improve heart health and help boost energy levels. Goji berries have even been used as a natural treatment for diabetes and cancer.

I have to admit this was my first time trying goji berries, and at first I was a little surprised by their taste. But once I had eaten them a few times, I noticed a marked increase in my energy and just a general good feeling physically. So clearly these nutrients were doing good things for my body. And now I can't get enough of them.

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Here's how I did it

Ingredients

CHOCOALTE AVOCADO PUDDING

15 pitted sayer dates
1 very ripe organic banana
1/2 avocado
1 tbsp unsweetened organic cocoa powder

NICE CREAM

4 very ripe organic bananas
1 tbsp organic coconut milk

TOPPINGS

1 organic banana
cherries
organic walnuts, chopped
organic gogi berries
organic chia seeds

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Directions

For the nice cream, the first thing you'll need to do is peal and break up your banana into chunks and then place in a zip lock bag or other container in the freezer overnight. Then take your frozen banana chunks and gradually add them into your blender with a bit of coconut milk. Do this bit by bit until all of your banana and coconut milk are well combined, and you get what looks like a soft serve ice cream. You want to add as little liquid as possible (maybe even less than a tbsp), but just enough to get it blending.

Then pour your nice cream into a container and freeze for 2 hours. (In order to get it to the right temperature for a baby, the banana nice cream should be left out for about 10 minutes to let it soften up when serving. You may also want to leave out the walnuts for your baby's banana split, in case this is too hard for them to chew.)

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While your nice cream is in the freezer, you're going to prepare your chocolate avocado pudding. Place your dates in a pot with 1/2 cup of water and cover and boil for 5 minutes. Then let cool for 5 minutes. Next place your dates and their liquid in a blender and blend until a smooth paste has formed. Then add your avocado, banana, cocoa powder and milk to the blender and blend until smooth. The result will look something like:

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Next I placed some banana slices, the chocolate avocado pudding, the nice cream, and all toppings in a mason jar. Eh voila! Healthy banana splits!

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I hope you guys enjoy this recipe. I wanted to create a healthy take on this classic American desert that's easy and still tastes like the real thing. Let me know what you guys think.

Much love,

Natasha


And for more of my guilt-free sweet treats and other healthy recipes click the links below:

Vegan Chocolate Chia Peanut Butter Cups
Vegan Poutine
Vegan Chocolate Chip Superfood Granola
Vegan Chocolate Date Truffles
Vegan Chickpea Curry
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cups
Vegan Chocolate Ginger Cookies
Cinnamon Chia Overnight Oats
Zucchini Fritters and Homemade Tzatziki
Vegan Pizza and Homemade Pesto
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Donuts

Sources:

http://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-benefits-of-bananas#section9
https://draxe.com/goji-berry-benefits/


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Congrats on 3rd place in the challenge. I am so glad I don't judge these anymore. Absolutely lovely food post, congrats again.

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Thanks so much @gringalicious! I appreciate you stopping by :)

Congratulations @natashahall on winning third place! That's quite a few wins now isn't it? Beautiful entry :-)

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Thanks @woman-onthe-wing! I had so much fun with this one and have really enjoyed participating in the steemit culinary challenge :)

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I'm happy to hear it @natashahall! Long may the fun continue!

Oooooh @natashahall these are beautiful! Definitely appealing to this adult, and what baby would refuse either!? It's great to have a sweet option in baby's diet, and with these healthy ingredients no harm comes to baby's body at all, unlike jars of 'baby puddings' and even baby fromage frais.

You have explained in great detail the nutritional qualities and it may surprise some people to see that what is essentially a dessert can be so good for a baby to eat (and the baby's parent's too!) For an infant, this is a meal in itself, and wouldn't even need to be treated as a dessert. As you say it's soft and easy to eat, looks very appealing, and I can tell without tasting that it's delicious! You've put a lot of thought into the ingredients and I would happily feed this to my (almost) two-year-old! Another wonderful entry, good luck Natasha :-)

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Thanks @woman-onthe-wing! I'm so happy to hear that you liked it and would feed this to your baby! Really appreciate the feedback :)

Certainly looks delicious! (and healthy)

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Thanks @jeffjagoe! That's what I was going for ;)

So tempting really! Love it! Great entry for the contest my friend!

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Looks excellent and i presume it was well received also! #veganpower! :D

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Thank you @abh12345! Glad you liked it :)

I like pudding avocado with chocolate, the most of babies like it , I think because it's soft and yummy and more healthier and easy to eat it, and to prepare it you used many nutritional elements which give us more energy and the force.

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Thanks for your feedback @creativewoman :)

Your recipe is so tempting that i can't stop myself to try it. Thanks for this amazing vegan recipe.

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Thanks for the wonderful feedback @chetanpadliya!

Wow! Delicious and healthy! I'd better getter to work.

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Thank you!! Let me know how you like it :)

Hmm this looks really good. 😍

Good luck! Your jars looks delicious and sooooo healthy! :)

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Thank you @babettxx! Glad you liked it :)

Mmmmmmm.....I'm going to try all your recipes that contain cocoa :)

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Ooh another fan of cocoa! Love it :)

Looks great. Must be good with fresh cherries. :-)

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Thanks! It was! :)

That looks tasty! Thanks for sharing :)

Hmm nice cream! Love that stuff! Another beautiful recipe. Good luck!

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Thank you @amy-goodrich! So glad you liked it :D

I like it!

buen post amiga, disfrute leerte, eres grande, cuando puedas pasa por mis post, para conocer tu opinión saludos.

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Gracias! No hablo español :(

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se aprende poco a poco, saludos...

Awesome entry @natashahall! :) It looks very appealing. Babies and adults would eat it with pleasure. ;)

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Thanks @alinalisa! So glad you liked it :)

Interesting to see goji berry in the there. I thought there are not so available in the west.

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Yeah they're great! They do have them here, they're not cheap though ;)

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Price of shipping I guess

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Exactly :)

My mouth is flowing. ) It looks extremely delicious and I imagined this delicate taste. I want it. I think the child was delighted with this food. Good luck

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Thanks so much for the wonderful feedback @shady :)

A wonderful publication worth more
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thank you :)

Wow this looks delicious! Always loving yummy vegan posts. The avocado pudding looks interesting, I have not tried it.

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Thanks @tinyhomeliving! You should definitely try it :)

That's one delish dish right there, sister. Looks exquisite! Congratulations on your prize here. And hey, I want you to know I mentioned you in a post because I noticed you're really good about tagging your photos with Steemit, your name, date, etc. Here's that post: Printable Tagging Cards. Wishing you an incredible edible day.

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Thanks, I appreciate that @cabelindsay! I checked it out and upvoted :) Have a great day yourself!