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Chocolate-Cherry Ice Dream
If you’re used to greens in your sweets, you can use kale leaves (ribs removed) instead of spinach, but if this is the first time you’ve added greens to a dessert, stick to spinach–you won’t know it’s there.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 min
Total Time6 mins
- 2 cups raw spinach leaves , loosely packed (optional)
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon ground chia seed
- 1 frozen banana , cut into several pieces
- 2 cups frozen , pitted unsweetened cherries
- 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
- sweetener of choice , to taste (I used a little stevia)
Place ingredients into high-speed blender in the order listed (a food processor may work if you omit the spinach). Begin blending on low and gradually increase the speed until you’re on the highest setting. If your blender has a tamper, use it to push the fruit into the blades. (This will be loud, so don’t worry if it sounds like a jackhammer fighting with a chain saw.) Blend until smooth but don’t over-blend or the friction will melt your Ice Dream. If that happens, call it a smoothie and use a straw.
This soft-serve dessert tastes best made fresh, but if you have to, you can freeze any leftovers. Allow to thaw slightly before stirring and serving (a few seconds in the microwave will speed this up.) I don’t recommend dividing the recipe in half or doubling it because it becomes difficult to blend.
Nutritional information uses unsweetened plain soy milk that contains 45 calories and 2.25 grams of fat per half cup; other non-dairy milks may have more or less of all nutrients.
Serving: 1serving | Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 43.6g | Protein: 6.5g | Fat: 3.3g | Sodium: 33.1mg | Fiber: 8.7g | Sugar: 27.4g