1 healthy recipe, 3 ways to enjoy it: chocolate mousse, chocolate ice cream or chocolate milkshake with whipped cream

1 healthy recipe, 3 ways to enjoy it: chocolate ice cream, chocolate mousse, chocolate milkshake l wanderingroot.com
1 healthy recipe, 3 ways to enjoy it: chocolate ice cream, chocolate mousse, chocolate milkshake l wanderingroot.com

In the past couple weeks I have had this craving for a milkshake, without really knowing it.  Weird?  Doesn't make any sense?  How can one have a craving and not know it.  Okay, maybe it isn't a craving, just a "I didn't know I wanted that but now that we are here and I see it on the menu I want it now" kind of thing.  I have had three milkshakes in the last two weeks, which is so bizarre for me.  I have been really aware of what I have been putting in my body, especially during this pregnancy but I just had to indulge.  I guess if this is the worst thing I indulge in I am doing pretty good.

1 healthy recipe, 3 ways to enjoy it: chocolate ice cream, chocolate mousse, chocolate milkshake l wanderingroot.com
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Two of the milkshakes I had were your typical milk and ice cream kind of shake but for the third one I decided if I was going to have one, I needed to make it and I needed to make a healthier version.  Much to my surprise I found that this recipe made not one, but three amazing desserts.  Jackpot!  The biggest bonus, you have to do very little to go from one dessert to the other.  Oh and the other bonus, it is healthy.

1 healthy recipe, 3 ways to enjoy it: chocolate ice cream, chocolate mousse, chocolate milkshake l wanderingroot.com
1 healthy recipe, 3 ways to enjoy it: chocolate ice cream, chocolate mousse, chocolate milkshake l wanderingroot.com

This is a dessert I can feel good about indulging in and you can too!  Whoever first thought of making frozen bananas into "ice cream" is a genius!  Don't you just love when something tastes indulgent but is actually good for you?  I know I do!  Oh and don't you love when you can get a few different desserts out of one recipe?  I sure as heck love it!   

1 healthy recipe, 3 ways to enjoy it: chocolate ice cream, chocolate mousse, chocolate milkshake l wanderingroot.com
1 healthy recipe, 3 ways to enjoy it: chocolate ice cream, chocolate mousse, chocolate milkshake l wanderingroot.com

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1 Healthy Recipe, 3 Ways to Enjoy It: Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Ice Cream or Chocolate Milkshake with Whipped Cream

serves:  1-2 

Ingredients:

1 ripened banana, cut in chunks & frozen

1 ripened avocado, cut in quarters & slightly frozen

2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

13.5 oz can of coconut milk, refrigerated

1 tsp vanilla extract

dash of salt

*2 1/2 - 3 Tbsp Grade B Maple Syrup + 1 - 2 tsp for whipped cream

dash of cinnamon {optional}

 

Directions:

1.  To make whipped cream, take coconut milk out of the refrigerator and open.  The top part will be cream, spoon it out and put in medium bowl.  In a small bowl place 3 Tbsp of the cream and whip with a whisk.  If you prefer a sweeter cream add 1-2 tsp maple syrup and mix in with whisk.  Place back in the refrigerator along with the remaining cream and coconut milk {still in the coconut milk can}.

2.  Combine banana & avocado in a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.

3.  Add unsweetened cocoa, maple syrup*, salt, and vanilla.  Process until combined.  Transfer to a bowl.  This is your chocolate mousse.  Top with whipped cream and cinnamon and enjoy!  OR for chocolate ice cream cover and place in the freezer for 4 hours.  Now you have chocolate ice cream.  Enjoy!  OR for a chocolate milkshake  scoop out ice cream into a blender, add the coconut milk remaining in the can {I had about 1/2 cup milk left} and blend until smooth.  If it is still too thick add more coconut milk to thin it out to the perfect milkshake consistency.  Top with whipped cream and cinnamon and enjoy!

 

*Note: The amount of maple syrup needed will vary based on how ripe/sweet your banana is. 

1 healthy recipe, 3 ways to enjoy it: chocolate ice cream, chocolate mousse, chocolate milkshake l wanderingroot.com
1 healthy recipe, 3 ways to enjoy it: chocolate ice cream, chocolate mousse, chocolate milkshake l wanderingroot.com
1 healthy recipe, 3 ways to enjoy it: chocolate ice cream, chocolate mousse, chocolate milkshake l wanderingroot.com