7 May 2014

BANANA ICE CREAM TARTS


These are made up of literally just fruit. If you follow a low-fat, nut-free, or 80/10/10 diet (which personally I am increasingly gearing towards), you're gonna love this recipe. Honestly I don't think you can overeat these because all the ingredients are so damn good for you and your gorgeous bod. Having said that, you can adapt this recipe to your hearts content: add coconut butter or cashews to the ice cream, or cacao, nutmeg or cinnamon powder; add some ground up nuts or seeds to the crust, or coconut oil. Possibilities abound, and I'm not here to stop your creativity from flourishing. Let it bloom, baby... let it bloom. 

As mentioned a second ago (depending on how speedy of a reader you are), I'm aiming for a more 80/10/10 diet. That just means a diet where you get 80% of your calories from carbs, and 10% each from protein and fat. People who follow 80/10/10 eat whack loads of fruit all day like mangoes and bananas, and are usually raw and vegan. I already eat mostly raw fruit - and LOTS of it - as my main source of calories; supplemented with rice, steamed veggies and beans. I feel best eating this way. But I also eat a fair amount of nuts and coconut oil, coming from my desserts. Now, I wanna be clear that stuff like nuts, seeds, cacao butter and coconut oil are GREAT FOR YOU! Cashews are my BFF 4 real. But at the same time, they are most beneficial when consumed in small amounts. For those of you who read my blog and regularly make recipes, don't worry, the amounts of these foods you are getting from my recipes are perfectly reasonable. But for ME, making these things everyday, I probably eat a higher percentage of fat than I would find ideal. Make sense? I just don't wanna freak any of you out by coming across as saying "Oh no, my raw vegan desserts are making me fat!" No. That is not at all what I mean. I'm in great shape and a very healthy weight, and I eat SO MUCH of desserts I post on here. But I would like to experiment with an 80/10/10-ish diet and see if I notice improvements in how I feel. To be honest, I feel terrific pretty much all the time, so I can't imagine any significant changes. But I am curious, so I'm gonna aim for a higher-carb, lower-fat diet and see what happens. This essentially will just translate into my desserts using a bit less nuts and coconut oil, because that's the only place I get fat from anyway. Also, I am excited to share more nut- and coconut-free recipes with you guys! All my recipes are already raw, vegan and gluten-free, and now they will be accessible to even more of you fabulous folks. 

x


BANANA ICE CREAM TARTS 

Ice cream:
3 frozen bananas
1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder (optional) 

Tart crust: 
1/2 cup Medjool dates 

To make the ice cream: blend the bananas until thick and smooth in a high speed blender. Be patient and keep pushing the fruit into the blades - it may take a second but suddenly you will have a blender container full of soft serve banana ice cream. 

To make the crust: press the pitted dates into a tart tin... yeah, it's that simple. Spread your ice cream in and enjoy! Eat as many of these as you want. Seriously. 

Another option is to use the same ingredients but add some water and throw EVERYTHING in the blender together, to make an amazing banana vanilla mylkshake. 

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26 comments:

Ilane @cultiv8health said...

I absolutely love your blog :)

Katiesss said...

Banana soft serve is truly heaven

Sibylle said...

Oh gods, this looks SO good! That's what I'll live on this weekend :-)

greenspiritadventures said...

This looks amazing! My mouth might be watering a little bit.
I'm looking forward to hearing more about how the 80/10/10 diet works for you. I've never been able to eat super huge amounts of fruit - I can't even eat one banana - maybe there's something wrong with me, haha. Anyway, I always think it's so interesting to hear about everyone's wonderfully unique dietary needs/experiences.

Angel said...

Oh my goodness, this is such a good idea!! & a great nut-free mini crust too!! Thanks for sharing. I will definitely be trying this one <3

Natalie @ feastingonfruit said...

I couldn't be happier to hear this news, because I too am trying to move towards 80/10/10 and ridiculous quantities of fruit. Now I'll have your amazing recipes and posts to inspire me and help me get there. I'm getting fruitier by the day, and a banana tart (or three) will be a lovely addition

Anoushe said...

I am so grateful for your explanation. the first thought that popped in to my mind was: what?! when did nuts become the bad guys?! I really appreciate the way you explained your choice! You are awesome! :)
I personally thrive also on a high fruit based carb diet but also higher fat on days where I don't eat tofu for protein.. It's weird when I eat higher fruit I crave nuts and nut butter (and rice!), but when it's higher protein I crave avocados and vegetables... thank you for the idea, I love banana soft serve :D

Anonymous said...

I really love your mentality towards food and I've noticed myself moving more and more to eating the 80/10/10 way. I would like to know your thoughts on the high level of sugars, though. Is it a concern for you? Do you have any info you'd like to recommend? I toss hemp seeds on everything to prevent that infamous spike but it looks like you do just fine without that added protein.

Emily von Euw said...

@Anonymous - I feel fine when I eat huge amounts of fruit sugar so I don't feel the need to add in anything else, or eat less sweet fruit :) But of course we are all different, so we will react differently to the same foods!

Anonymous said...

Sort of related to large amounts of fruit; sometimes the juices I make make me feel crappy. Am I putting too much fruit? I usually do some combo of a leafy green, celery, beet, apple, carrot, lemon...any suggestions?

Emily von Euw said...

@Anonymous - Hmm yeah your body perhaps isn't handling the large amounts of fruit sugar well... but the ingredients you just listed are very low in sugar! So actually maybe it's a sign of detox? I'm not sure :/

Anonymous said...

Could be. It feels like the acidity more than sugar that bothers me. Maybe I should cut it with a little water. Do you drink juices on an empty stomach, or after eating? And how often do you juice? Maybe it's something like that, or drinking too fast or something that is the problem, as opposed to the ingredients.

Emily von Euw said...

@Anonymous- I usually juice on an empty stomach, although I feel fine when I drink juice with a meal. Yeah, I suggest drinking it more slowly, and adding more gentle foods like cucumber, or blend it all up with some melon and banana?

Anonymous said...

I've been having them on an empty stomach too, but maybe I'll try having some banana first or something. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Have you thought of using chestnut puree in your desserts? Chestnuts contain very little fat and have a nutritional profile similar to root vegetables. I don't think chestnut puree is raw, but then, cashews are not truly raw, either, even if they are labelled as raw.

Bahamazengirl said...

I want these in my mouth now! I can't wait to try the recipe...I just need to get my hands on some dates....

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Anonymous said...

With you gravitating towards the 80/10/10 diet what is your opinion with cacao,maca, garlic and the use of vegan protein powder such as Vega? Will you still be incorporating it or are you eventually wanting to lean away from it?

Anonymous said...

What kind of bananas do you buy?

Anonymous said...

I am bummed. I want to make all of these recipes, but my blender is not strong enough to make frozen bananas into ice cream. And my food processor isn't strong enough for nuts. Cashews sort of, but almonds not so much.

Emily von Euw said...

@Anonymous - thank you! That is great to know! I had never thought of using chestnuts.

Emily von Euw said...

@Anonymous - I still feel great eating those foods (cacao, garlic, etc.) so I will continue enjoying them for now :) I don't usually use protein powders now so I have already weaned off that. I do fine with the protein I get from whole foods. :)

Emily von Euw said...

@Anonymous - I always buy organic bananas, and preferably fair trade if available.

Celina T said...

i follow the 801010 diet so im thrilled to follow you on youtube and see more low/no fat recipes! x

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say that even though I've loved the higher fat recipes you've posted in the past, I'm happy to hear you're going to be posting more lower fat recipes. I think going higher carb, lower fat makes a lot of sense, based on what science has to say on the matter. I personally feel better when I do this, although I do find fat super addictive and find myself eating more of it time and time again. Vegan junk food is just too tempting to pass up sometimes. ;) I plan to get back on track, though, so these kinds of recipes are helpful! :)

Anonymous said...

i tried 811 and stopped after 2 weeks. i had brain fog the whole time and gained 5 lbs. i was also tired all the time. all that fruit didn't bode well for me. i tried to add some cooked starch but didn't feel as good as being all raw. i think moderation is the key. when i have a richer raw dessert that's my meal. it's also pretty much my sweets for the day. i also include lots of fresh greens and plenty of water each day. i guess i'm sort of the other extreme but each of us is built different. i like variety that's why i come to sites like this. have a great one!