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My chocolate ice cream recipe

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…and it’s not sinful!

In fact there’s no added sugar or gluten so is suitable for many people who have restricted diets, even vegetarians and vegans! If I do say so myself… it’s the BEST chocolate ice cream I have EVER tasted! Sorry if that sounds a tad biased but, wow, it’s really that good!

In the run up to Easter I have been a little naughty as there’s been a lot more chocolate around. The lovely powers that be at QVC put a spanner in the works of my healthy eating regime as they gave all of us a chocolate Easter egg. Here’s mine just after collecting it…

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… and here’s what’s left about half an hour and a cup of tea later!! Whoops!

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Well, my health & fitness guru Christianne Wolff kindly sent me some recipes for healthy chocolate eggs. If you go to her website she has a free recipe book with some very scrummy looking treats in it. What a sweetheart she is. Keeping me on track without telling me off, haha!

Well, I didn’t have all I needed to make those recipes, although I fully intend to later. So, what I did was make my own recipe using my amazing Vitamix machine from QVC. One of my all time best buys, easily.

Here’s what I used in my recipe which provided two very generous servings (one for me and one for my son, Tom);

  • 3 frozen bananas
  • 3 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons of homemade cashew nut butter (see below)
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

I regularly freeze bananas and store them in my Lock & Lock containers. Make sure you peel them first. I also prefer to let them get over ripe before freezing as they seem to be a lot sweeter.

The nut butter I make in my Vitamix. With peanuts I find the natural oils bind the mixture into peanut butter but I add a little coconut oil to stop it being too crumbly. I simply put the nuts in and blend. I like doing it that way as I know what’s in my nut butters. I also store these in Lock & Locks. So handy and I have a whole cupboard, fridge and freezer full of them!

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So, back to the recipe, you just put everything in and blend! It’s that easy and it’s that quick. You can then freeze it if you like or eat it straight away like I did as my willpower is so low in the colder months! I’m sorry, it may officially be spring but I’m freezing and still need some comfort food.

Honestly, I surprised myself with how good this is! Obviously you could make variations of this. I like the idea of peanut butter but we had run out. Chopped hazelnuts would be scrummy sprinkled on top, too. I’m also thinking if you mixed in some frozen, chopped strawberries or cherries it would be a winning combo.

I appreciate not everyone has a Vitamix – I got mine when it was a Today’s Special Value and have never looked back –  but it may work with other machines, like the Ninja ones. I haven’t tried it but it might just be worth a go.

Let me know if you decide to make it, how it works with your machines if you’re not using a Vitamix, and what you think.

Whether it’s sinful or angelic I wish you & yours a very chocolatey and happy Easter.

Lots of love,

Catherine xx

5 Comments

  1. Andrea March 24, 2016 at 12:14 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine, I love the necklace you were wearing today during the Yong Kim hour. I think it’s Rose Gold Colour. Is it still available to purchase? Many thanks x

  2. Jean Pugh March 25, 2016 at 10:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine,
    You naughty girl, that egg did not last long. But then when you open it you don’t want it going off do you.
    The Ice Cream looks and sounds delicious, must try.

    You certainly looked to be enjoying the Real Pie Company show, their pies are the best, always got plenty in the freezer.

    Take Care

    Love Jean XX

  3. Joanna B April 7, 2016 at 6:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    I just wanted to say that I always love to tune into QVC when you are presenting.

    You are a breath of fresh air and never fail to make me LOL.

    Keep smiling – you look fab and I love the hair colour.

    Joanna

  4. Mary April 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi
    I am thinking of buying a Vitamix, but not sure which one as there seems to be a few! I would like one that fits under the kitchen units. Any advice? Thanks Mary

  5. Grace Sewell July 2, 2016 at 1:14 pm -  Reply

    I finally made this icecream….. I am AMAZED at the sweet, deliciousness of this icecream full stop. BUT for it to also be HEALTHY is ott awesome. So radically tasty! LOVE LOVE LOVE….
    The first batch I made; I used 3 heaped tablespoons of Green & Black’s dark choc cocoa – the result was still lovely but definitely much too bitter…. tweaked the second batch to level tablespoons of cocoa and oh my indeed!!! My, on a diet friend, was flabbergasted that it had NO sugar added. My Agave was standing to attention and ready for duty but it was not needed. This gorgeously yummy icecream is affectionately known as “QVC’s Catherine’s CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM RECIPE”!
    Thank you soooooo much for posting this yummy recipe. Your loveliness shines through you Catherine – blessings to you and all at QVC! Have a FAB summer x

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