Let’s talk dessert. I don’t know about you, but I have always had a sweet tooth. I can easily pass up chips and fried foods and I don’t really like french fries (unless we’re talking homemade potato wedges…that is a different story), but when it comes to sweets and treats, I’m all in. Growing up, I always wanted the biggest piece of cake with the most frosting and I once ate half a bag of candy corn the night before a championship cross country meet in high school (not my finest moment).
I love having something sweet after lunch or dinner every day but I try to keep in on the healthier side most of the time. This can be tricky after a tough track workout or gym session when I still feel ravenous at night and am craving something sweet but don’t want to fill up on junk. Banana nice cream has been a life saver in these situations. It’s super filling and you can enjoy a big bowl of it without bloating or post-dessert guilt – it’s even OK to eat for breakfast!
I love switching up the flavor with different kind of frozen fruit and sprinkling on a variety of toppings to keep things interesting. All seven of the ingredients in this particular recipe are helpful for muscle recovery or replacing carbohydrate stores and electrolytes, making it the perfect treat for after that brutal track workout or grueling mile repeats.
Here’s what you’ll need for the base of the banana nice cream:
Banana – aka a runner’s best friend. This fruit is the base of the “nice cream” and a great source of potassium and magnesium, two key electrolytes that you want to make sure are replenished after a tough workout. Wait until your bananas are spotty before you freeze them to ensure they taste nice and sweet!
Pineapple – this crown-wearing fruit has anti-inflammatory properties and will lend a helping hand to those sore, swollen muscles that have been screaming at you since you walked out the track/out of the gym/rolled up your yoga mat.
Coconut Water – this stuff will add yet another source of electrolytes and is a great way to restore the balance in your system after you sweat a significant amount. Adding this little bit of fluid to your blender will help get things started and help achieve that dreamy, creamy nice cream texture that we’re craving.
Now it’s time for the toppings! It’s always fun to add some crunch and flavor to the nice cream to spice things up! I love using muesli for this purpose (my favorite is Michele’s Toasted Muesli from the Farmers’ Market) but for this recipe, I didn’t have any in the pantry so I created my own! This is super easy to do, just start with a base of old-fashioned raw oats and add your favorite dried fruits, nuts and/or seeds!
Here is what I used for my homemade muesli creation:
Oats – These raw, old-fashioned oats are the base for any muesli. You can get creative with the other add-ins. Oats are a great source of slow releasing energy and are very satisfying.
Hemp Seeds – These tiny guys are a great source of plant-based protein to help re-build the muscle you broke down earlier in your workout.
Coconut Flakes – This topping pairs perfectly with the coconut water for a hint of tropical flavor and adds a little bit of crunch. I personally like unsweetened coconut flakes for the taste and texture but regular shredded coconut would work as well.
Dried Cherries – This dried fruit has tons of antioxidants. Looks for dried tart cherries for the added bonus of natural melatonin to help you sleep easy and recover more efficiently after a tough workout.
Let me know if you give this recipe a try! I would love to see pictures of your own creations and comments sharing if you modified anything.
What else do you like to enjoy post-workout to recover and indulge at the same time?