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Recipe: Choco Almond Magic Ice-Cream

Enjoy the summer with your own home-made Mango Ice-Cream! This combination of roasted almonds with chocolate is not only tempting, but also very easy to make even for kids. But don't be fooled by the simplicity - the ice-cream will be yummier and creamier than the market products, without all the refined sugar, preservatives, artificial colours and chemicals.



Ingredients:

  • 4 bananas

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)

  • 30-40 almonds (or 1/4 cup roasted almond powder)

  • 6-8 almonds

  • 2-3 tbsp jaggery powder (or brown sugar or maple syrup or honey)

  • Few drops of vanilla essence

  • A pinch of salt

  • 2 tbsp choco chips (optional)

Serving: 6

Nutrition Value (per serving):

  • Energy: 160 kcal

  • Protein: 4 gm

  • Carbs: 24 gm

  • Fats: 6 gm

  • Fibre: 4 gm


Method:


Preparation:

  1. Peel the bananas and cut them into 3-4 pieces. Freeze them for at least 3 hours.

  2. Roast the almonds on a low-medium flame for 2-3 minutes.

  3. Take 6-8 roasted almonds and sliver them.

  4. Take the remaining roasted almonds and grind them to a flour in a blender/mixer grinder.

  5. For better results, take out your frozen bananas out of the refrigerator 10-15 mins before blending.

Making the Ice-Cream:

  1. Put the frozen bananas, cocoa powder, roasted almond flour, jaggery powder (or brown sugar/honey/maple syrup), salt and vanilla essence in a blender/mixer grinder, and blend well. Check the sweetness, and add more jaggery powder (or brown sugar/maple syrup/ honey) as required. (Note: If you are not able to blend the mixture, you can add 2-3 tbsp milk.)

  2. Once the mixture is smooth, add slivered almonds and choco chips.

  3. Pour the mixture in tin/moulds and let it freeze for at least 5-6 hours.

Your Choco Almond Magic ice-cream is ready!


Get creative and put your ice-cream in different moulds, or decorate them in your own unique way. Here are some photos of ice-creams made by young chefs who attended our healthy cooking session:


Know Your Ingredients:


Almond

Almonds help in lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol and are packed with vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium, which helps oxygen and nutrients flow more freely through the blood. Almonds are high in antioxidants that can protect your cells from oxidative damage, a major contributor to aging and disease. While being low in carbs, they are high in protein and fiber and helps in the growth and repair of the body.


Cocoa powder

Unsweetened cocoa powder is not only an incredibly rich and delicious, but it also delivers incredible nutritional value to your diet. Cocoa powder is rich in important micronutrients such as magnesium, potassium, copper and manganese. Cocoa powder has many antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components which help in decreasing inflammation, improving heart and brain health, and fighting against cancer. Cocoa powder can deliver healthy fibres and has low carbs per serving, so it can help in healthy bowel movement, controlling blood sugar level and weight reduction. Eating chocolate usually make people happy, so consuming unsweetened cocoa powder can help in promoting better moods, reduce fatigue and lower depression, without consuming unnecessary sugar.


This recipe has been contributed by Home Chef Mom Vidisha Jindal.

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