My kids had ice cream for breakfast this Valentine’s Day! This super easy, make in your blender “ice cream” has no gluten, can be dairy free, has no added sugar and is full of nutrient dense healthy fruit and Omega-3 rich seeds.
Super easy, full of nutrient dense real foods and no added sugar. Flax, hemp and chia seeds are all great sources of soluble fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and a healthy source of Omega-6 fatty acids. This nutrient dense "ice cream" can be enjoyed as a dessert, a snack or even as a surprise breakfast.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Keyword: dairy free, gluten free
3 frozen bananas (remove peel before freezing)
2 cupsfrozen organic strawberries
1/2-1cupmilk of choiceI used Organic Pastures Raw Whole Milk, but almond milk or coconut milk can work too. You can also just use water.
1 tbspground flax seeds
1 tbspchia seeds
Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Add more liquid as needed, keeping it light on liquid to achieve the ice cream consistency vs. smoothie consistency.
Chia seeds are full of important macro and micronutrients. They are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, are full of antioxidants, quality protein and fiber; making these little seeds an easy and valuable addition to your nutrient dense diet.
A great way to add chia seeds to your family’s menu is with chia pudding. When chia seeds are soaked in liquid they swell to a gel-like consistency, transforming the mixture into a pudding-like consistency. My family loves chia pudding as a breakfast and I tend to reserve Fridays for our “take a break from eggs”, “Yeah it’s Friday!” special breakfast. I created this recipe when I was teaching my first RESTART class in the fall. We are bombarded with pumpkin spice everything this time of year and it’s almost impossible to partake in this classic fall flavor without also bombarding your body with tons of unnecessary sugar. This Pumpkin Chia Pudding is full of antioxidants, vitamin A and vitamin C, all helping to strengthen your immune system and fight infections. The addition of cinnamon not only adds great flavor but it also helps to stabilize blood sugar and curb sugar cravings. Add a touch of natural sweetness by topping with chopped apples and coconut or any organic berries you love. I hope you and your family enjoy the ease, deliciousness and nutrient dense powerhouse that is chia pudding!
My family loves chia pudding for breakfast and the fact that it takes about 5 minutes to assemble the night before and it's ready to dish up in the morning, well, there's no better way to kick off a Friday morning than that!