chunky banana and dates icecream – a natural energy boosting ramadan dairy-free de’lite dish

July 2, 2013

With Ramadan coming up very soon and the summer heat escalating in the UAE, we decided to create a cold natural energy-boosting sweet dish for you. Welcome to the world of dairy-free Banana & Dates Icecream with Dark Chocolate. As our energy levels naturally dip low during fasting, the smartest thing is to slowly bring them back up when breaking our fast without raiding heavy carb-loaded dishes or the chocolate jar. Both Bananas and Dates are an excellent form of natural energy, packed with iron, zinc,  potassium and fiber while stabilizing blood sugar levels, a natural anti-acid and soothing to the digestive tract. Wonderful. Here is your raw, vegan, dairy-free healthy Ramadan treat!

Bananas, Dates, Dark Chocolate, Almond Nut Butter - Ramadan De'lite!

Bananas, Dates, Dark Chocolate, Almond Nut Butter – Ramadan De’lite!

Ingredients:
2 bananas – ripe
3 medjool dates (Bought from Bateel)
2 tbsp raw 100% cacao
1 teaspoon vanilla or almond essence
1 tbsp Almond/Mixed Nut Butter or Crunchy Peanut Butter (Carley’s Organic version is what we used…a delicious sugar-free fusion of raw brazil nuts, toasted almonds and toasted hazelnuts and packed with selenium, calcium and omega oils). Available at Waitrose supermarket.
Optional add-ins: Cinnamon, Cardamom, Saffron, Ginger spices.

Steps:
1) Cut peeled bananas in 2 inch chunks and place in freezer bag. Seal and allow to freeze for at least 24 hours. Remove from freezer, set on counter for 30 minutes to defrost naturally.
2) Whizz the chopped bananas and pitted dates, cacao powder, nut butter and optional add-ins in your food processor.
3) Serve in a bowl and you can sweeten it further to your liking with 70% dark melted chocolate, honey or sliced cold berries on the top.

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Armed with all the ingredients…

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Tossing all ingredients into the food processor

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Almost there…the perfect smooth and crunchy consistency!

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The end result served cold and fresh.

Recipe submitted by The Hundred Pilates Studio in Dubai. Web: http://www.thehundred.ae