Sugar Free Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Recipe
We at Stevia Select, love it when our customers share some of their favorite recipes. This delicious and tasty ice cream recipe is no different. Thank you Pat Macy for sharing your easy to make recipe for chocolate ice cream! This sugar free version is especially healthy when you choose coconut milk over traditional cow’s milk. It is an excellent choice for diabetics and even goes with many diet plans. Please leave comments below and let us know how you liked it. Did you revise anything to make it different. What would you change or add to make this better?
Sugar Free Chocolate Banana Ice Cream
1 C unsweetened cocoa powder (Dutch process preferred)
1/2 tsp. (rounded) Stevia Select pure stevia powder
4 C milk (I use low fat or coconut)
1 T pure vanilla Extract ( may also use 15 drops of Stevia Vanilla. However, you will want to add slightly less stevia powder then)
pinch of Sea Salt
2-3 frozen whole bananas
I place all of this in my Vitamix and blend well. Then process in Ice Cream Maker.
The Benefits of Choosing Stevia Over Traditional Sugars or Artificial Sweeteners
Lets discuss some of the phenomenal benefits and positive attributes that million are finding when they eat stevia? This article is merely scratching the surface in describing all that stevia has to offer. Hopefully this will spark your interest to find out more.
To start off, stevia is most popular for its zero calories, zero carbohydrate content, and zero fat content (please note that these numbers represent ONLY pure stevia without fillers or additives). Millions of people are searching for answers to their weight problems that stem from over consumption of sugar products. What they find in stevia is a tasty solution to satisfy their sweet tooth. This all natural green plant is great news for people who want to lose weight or just maintain their goal weight!
Stevia has been used since the early 1500, when it was discovered, and many health benefits have been uncovered since then. It has been nick-named the “healing herb”.
- Lowers Blood Pressure. Numerous studies have concluded that stevia lowers blood pressure in the consumer.
- Weight Loss Help: With obesity in adults as well as children at an all time high and climbing, stevia offers a life-line for dealing with weight issues caused by sugar intake. Moms especially find it difficult to offer great tasting foods that kids will enjoy without them feeling deprived. Now that stevia comes in varieties of flavors, foods with high sugar content can be eliminated. Stevia liquid flavors can be used to make your own sugar free flavored yogurt, cookies, “soda” made with seltzer water and some drops of orange or berry flavored stevia. The options are virtually endless and websites everywhere are posting these healthy alternatives for everyone to benefit from.
- Help for Diabetics: Stevia does not interfere with the insulin production system of the body. Many synthetic sweeteners, otherwise know as artificial sweeteners, available on the market have an adverse impact on the natural process taking place within the body, and are thus not so healthy. It also increases glucose tolerance, which is more good news for diabetic people.
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- Skin Care: Others brag about the hydrating effect on the skin and weekly use stevia as a mask to reduce facial lines. It is said to hydrate skin three times more than glycerin! Stevia smooths wrinkles and heals skin blemishes from acne.
- Antioxidant: There are antioxidant and antimicrobial properties found in stevia.
- Candida Help: People who suffer with Candida have found an ideal solution for a sugar substitute. Stevia can be used in any amounts and it will not have any negative effects or worsen their symptoms.
In Conclusion, new stories continue to flood the internet, work place, and social media, about the wonders of stevia! Diabetics who have found a way to enjoy sweets again, weight watchers who have found a new freedom over sugar cravings, and nutritional experts rave about this natural sugar source! I encourage you to further research the benefits that you can gain in your own personal health as well as your family. It is truly an amazing natural wonder which offers hope to people in many walks of life and circumstances.
Please leave your comment and share your experience about stevia with us. Each of us have our own story and we will all benefit from shared stories. Thanks
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While this recipe is not 100% sugar free, I did greatly reduce the sugar content. In case you are serving diabetics or are concerned about your blood glucose levels, I will include instructions to make this totally sugar free. In addition, I reduced the flour to make this healthier by substituting part almond flour. The added natural peanut butter is not only a welcome addition with the chocolate, it also serves to make these higher in protein and therefore more nutritious and satisfying.
Just a quick note about the ingredients:
- The chocolate chips I used here are the traditional kind made with sugar. If you prefer, there are sugar free varieties or carob chips offer a reduced sugar option.
- I always use butter because I absolutely love the taste in cookies but I’m positive that coconut oil would give a rich pleasant taste and be an equally healthy choice.
- For the small amount of flour used, I chose whole wheat or white unbleached but any gluten free flour could be substituted.
- The peanut butter is “Adam’s All Natural” Smooth not chunky. Any “natural” brand can be used or you can make your own peanut butter and use that too
- I always use steel cut or whole oats. These are healthier and quick oats give a “cakier” texture that I don’t like. Whole oats make cookies chewier.
Stevia Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
yield approx. 3 dozen 3 inch cookies
preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Measure into a sifter and set aside:
1 C. Flour
1/2 C. ground almonds or almond flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
On medium speed , mix until well blended:
1/2 pound/2 cubes butter (softened)
1/2 C light brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon Stevia Select pure stevia powder
1/2 C peanut butter
2 Large eggs
8-10 drops of Stevia Select Vanilla or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
After well blended, stir in:
3/4 C. chocolate chips
3 C. Whole Oats
Place rounded spoonfuls on a cookie sheet and flatten slightly. Bake 10-12 minutes dependi8ng on texture desired. The longer these bake, the crisper they will be. Minimum time yields a soft cookie. ( I prefer less time as these have very little flour and tend to get drier over time). If these are going to be eaten immediately then I suggest the full 12 minutes.
You now have a high protein healthier cookie to send in the kids lunch or for an afternoon snack. Enjoy!
Who doesn’t love pumpkin and spices that warm the soul and arouse the senses?
Fall is the time we start thinking about pumpkins and anything spiced. This recipe has half the sugar of traditional cookies and a much healthier version of cookies made with ALL white flour. This is a softer cookie and a welcome at any Harvest or Halloween party!
OLD FASHIONED PUMPKIN OATMEAL COOKIES
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (may substitute gluten free or whole wheat flour)
1/2 cup Almond Flour
1 cup old-fashioned or steel cut oats
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened OR Coconut Oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure stevia extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 cup raisins (optional) 1 cup walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine the both flours, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt; set aside. In a large bowl or mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar and stevia extract until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla then add the pumpkin puree. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients (to avoid flour everywhere) until well blended. Stir in nuts and raisins. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy warm or store in airtight container to eat later. May drizzle my sugar-free cream cheese icing over cooled cookies for a sweeter creamier taste that looks delectable.
Sugar Free Honey Mustard Dressing Recipe
Try this delicious low-carb salad dressing with your next meal. Great as a dip for chicken and veggies too! Super healthy alternative to high fat and sugary versions of this recipe. Try doubling and keep on hand for every meal.
Stevia Honey Mustard Salad Dressing
1/3 C. Greek Yogurt (can substitute non-fat but it will raise your carb count & sacrifice taste in my opinion)
1 TB. Mustard
3/4 TB. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
Pinch of Salt
1/16 ts. Pure Stevia Select powder
Stir all ingredients together and serve immediately or store in refrigerator. Prepare in 5 min. & serves approx. 4.
Make boring cooked chicken come alive….Try this as a dip for your Broiled Chicken Breast. Kids will love the sweet taste and its healthier then any store bought dips. Makes a tasty low-fat veggie dip as well!