Chocolate “ice cream” and trigger foods

Last week, I decided to challenge myself for the week and skip the chocolate chips at the grocery store. I’m happy to say I haven’t missed them too much.

It did lead to some other dessert experimenting, but some healthier alternatives.

Chocolate “ice cream”

and (non-chocolate) sweet potato date bars, inspired by an amazing Thunderbird Energetica bar I had.

This recipe needs more tweaking, but L and I are happy to keep taste testing to get it right! The batter is incredible.  Maybe it should be a pudding, rather than a bar.

Yesterday was super busy. It was L’s first day of “school”- she goes two mornings a week.  She was so excited!

She’s also a willing taste tester and fan of all this experimenting.

Pureed frozen bananas make a great healthy “ice cream” for dessert.  If you’re a chocolate lover, it’s even better with a little cocoa.

Chocolate “ice cream”  (print recipe)

  • 3 very ripe bananas, frozen in chunks
  • 2-3 tbsp cocoa powder (I like this one or raw cacao powder)
  • dash of vanilla
  • optional 1-2 tbsp honey
  • add-ins or toppings: coconut, chopped nuts, sprinkles, or chocolate chips, if you have any!

Place frozen banana in the food processor and let it thaw slightly.  Blend well with cocoa powder (start with 2 tbsp and increase after tasting if you like a darker chocolate).  Taste.  Add optional honey or sweetener and top as desired.

So simple and so good!

Do you have any trigger foods that you can’t resist?

Also, go check out my guest post for Madeline on post-workout fueling!


53 thoughts on “Chocolate “ice cream” and trigger foods

  1. Chocolate chips are my trigger food as well! I think I broke the habit over the summer though because I swear Ghirardelli changed their formulation to withstand heat and they just werent as good. Yay for a blogger meet up! I’ve met several people and am heading to Denver in a couple of weeks to see more. Fun!
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  2. So true on the trigger foods! I try to keep them out of the house and when I have the urge for something as a treat I try to buy the single serving version even if it costs more or I know I will just keep eating it!
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  3. My trigger food is the little snack cakes that come 8-10 in the box, the ones that have a red-fruit colored/flavored filling and white icing, the little roll ups. Oh, gosh. I will eat the entire box of them one little cake right after the other till they are gone.
    Them or the frozen toaster pastries with cherry or strawberry filling that are flaky and you can ice them with powdered sugar frosting.
    One? No way. The whole container.
    I can’t have just one.
    And then the next day I have a huge migraine. Does that stop me from doing it again? No.
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  4. i like to make avocado chocolate pudding. It’s kinda like ice cream? i am addicted to any nut butters. It doesn’t help that i have about 8 jars in the pantry for healthy bites either, the costco size! but its okay, i need some more junk in my trunk. LOL
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  5. Love this idea on the “ice cream”. Gotta try it. I don’t know that I have any specific trigger foods–I seem to vary from one day to the next. I do know I’ve been craving salty food lately, but I try to stick to almonds to satisfy that.
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  6. My trigger foods change throughout the year. They usually involve sugar….

    Enjoy the 2x week preschool. I love have a couple of mornings that I can count on to run errands, make appointments and just have a complete thought in silence.

    I would love to meet up with you sometime – I’ll let you know next time we are in Houston.
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  7. That ice cream sounds good. I think I have too many trigger foods to count right now and it is lame because I try to hard to be good. It is a lot harder to maintain my weight when I am not running 70 miles a week. I need to train my body to not eat like that- which is hard. ARGH. I think that I just snack too much and too often right now. I have been working on it this week and so far I have been good.
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  8. L looks so cute!! I hope she had a great first day of school. I enjoy meeting blog friends in real life…I’m looking forward to finally meeting you at Fitbloggin!!
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  9. While we have made many variations of banana soft serve, for some reason they have never included a chocolate one. Must try!
    L looks like such a big girl all ready for school. Enjoy these days because they pass so darn quickly (as I’m sure you know!). Before you know it, she’ll be too big/cool to hold your hand as you walk into school. Not that I know from experience or anything (sniff, sniff).
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  10. I’ve met a couple blog friends in person, and looking forward to meeting a few more at Zooma Cape Cod this month! It’s always so cool to meet someone you feel so instantly comfortable with, since you already know them so well from their blog!
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    • Glad I’m not alone! A handful here and there is okay, I think. I can always tell when I’m having a stressful week by my eating habits (and the multiple returns to the choc chip bag) even before my mind acknowledges that something else is going on… feeling much better this week, with more self control!
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  11. Cheese can be a trigger food for me. Unfortunately, I loathe the fat free stuff, so I have to just try really hard to save it for special occasions and not sneak any while I’m using it in recipes.

    The blogger meetup sounds like fun! I’ve done a few of those now and have enjoyed them each time.
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  12. Salt is my trigger. And cheese. Cheese + salt and I am doomed. I keep cheez-its out of the house! Or I put them in single serving snack bags…did you know that 27 is one serving? And I TRY to eat only one bag! Yesterday I also had a craving for something and I had a bag of dried cherries nearby that was supposed to be for several days worth of snacking…it lasted me about 27 minutes.

    I have met quite a few bloggers and they have all been just as great as I thought they would be! I am glad you had fun meeting up with new friends!
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