Candy Cane Superfood Ice Cream : Raw Recipe by Heather Nauta

Wednesday Jul 18 | BY |
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“Isn’t it awesome when superfoods are also super tasty?”

Fruit is my all-time favorite dessert. In fact, it’s pretty much my favorite food. If it weren’t for the fact that I know you need a variety of healthy whole foods for a balanced diet, I would probably eat fruit all day long!

I’m sure you can relate to that look you get when you tell people you eat a healthy diet, or a vegan diet, or whatever. You know, that look that says, “Oh, sorry about that. You must not have any fun at all!” Whenever I get that look, I want to bring out all of my favorite meals and treats to show how amazingly delicious healthy foods can be.

One of my favorite treats to make for anyone who’s skeptical about healthy eating is ice cream made from frozen bananas. It’s so creamy and sweet, most people can’t believe it doesn’t have dairy or sugar or anything bad for them. Plus, it’s ridiculously easy to make so you can just whip it out in 5 minutes.

There are tons of variations on the basic idea of a pureed frozen banana. This one has a special place in my husband’s heart, because the goji berries get crunchy when they freeze and it reminds him of the candy cane ice cream he used to love when he was little.

The fresh mint adds to the candy-cane effect, and also adds tons of nutrients. If you’ve never tried fresh herbs in your smoothies or ice creams, give it a try! Fresh basil is another great flavor to try.

Serves: 2—when you’re feeling generous. Keep in mind that it melts quickly, especially on a hot summer afternoon, so you may just have to dive right in and enjoy it.

Prep time: 5 minutes or so.

Advance prep: the banana and raspberries need to be frozen before you start.

Note: This doesn’t re-freeze well, so it’s best to make it right when you want to serve it.

1 banana, peeled and frozen
½ cup frozen raspberries
¼ cup fresh mint
¼ cup goji berries
¼ cup (approx. measure) water, or pure juice (cranberry is nice)

Put all of the ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth and creamy. It looks really pretty topped off with a sprinkle of coconut.

Heather Nuata

Heather Nuata

Heather Nauta is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, showing you how to have fun while making simple, fast, incredibly delicious and healthy vegan recipes that leave you and your family satisfied and full of energy. She specializes in helping people get to an optimal level of health by getting them on a nutritionally complete healthy eating plan, and supporting them to guarantee they achieve their health goals. Check out more of her favorite recipes at her site Healthy Eating Starts Here.


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  1. mike says:

    Heather is smokin and so is this recipe

  2. Lance says:

    Wow!! I have DEFINITELY Got to Try this!! I think this sounds like an AWESOME treat for my kids… (and me to!!) Thanks for sharing this recipe 🙂

  3. Kuru says:

    PLEASE! Update on Hudson, and if we can coerce you into it, some details about the birth. That little Houdini comment was a good teaser. Hope all is well.

  4. Isa says:

    I am happy to read this recipe.My husband does the same but without the bananas because he doesn’t like them so depending the fruits we have on hand,we mixed them and he add lemon or lime (preferred) and crushed ice.I don’t use the ice when I make it and it is as cold as italian ice which is what he calls it.We add organic juice,usually apple but at times coconut water or grapefruit juice and acai,berries of course.Berries are a must and when freezing fruits before hand is what makes it work like a charm ,really a 5mn deal.I conquer…eat it right away!:)

  5. Jasmine says:

    Can you clarify the “crunchy goji berry” part? Do you freeze the goji berries along with the frozen banana and raspberries or do the goji berries just seem crunchy because they are kind of hard/dried and then just colder when blended with the frozen fruit?



  6. Em says:

    Bravo – this is great!

    A simple recipe that anyone can make with ingredients everyone has, or can easily get – except for the goji berries, perhaps – which can be eliminated if you don’t have them – the ice-cream will still be so delicious without them. And if you don’t have apple juice, don’t worry – as long as your bananas are truly ripe (which is how they should always be eaten anyway), then you don’t even need it. You’ll still be knocked down by the delicious sweetness.

    This recipe wins hands down over other more complex, fat-laden, multi-super-food-group ridden ice-cream recipes! 🙂

    Simplicity (and health) rule! Thanks Heather 🙂

  7. Em says:

    Sorry, I meant cranberry/any other juice…

  8. Janice says:

    Is it cheating to use this as salad dressing? Good thing noone else is home right now, so I don’t have to share this 😛
    A recipe that uses ingredients I almost always have on hand. Bravo!

  9. Morgan says:

    Looks great and delicious.

  10. Tara says:

    My 10 month old twins and I loved it! Thanks for sharing. Soon enough Hudson can enjoy also 🙂

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