So a few weeks ago I told you about the no sugar challenge I was doing. Well that challenge had some ups and downs and definitely did not turn out to be what I expected it to be.
However I still consider it a success, because I came up with these no sugar, no honey, no agave, no maple syrup, no dried fruit, no coconut nectar and no sweet fairy dust “desserts”.
It’s 1. two small jars of almond cream and 2. a delicious banana shake (or smoothie).
I am grateful for this challenge, because I found out that I can make a lot of recipes using just almonds and bananas. Now I read the last sentence and it just sounds sad.
But these two recipes made me very happy. They’re easy, creamy and refreshing.
You can even change some (one) of the ingredients here.
If you don’t like or are allergic to almonds – use walnuts, then you get some extra omega-3’s. I don’t know about seeds, but the shake would work with soaked oats as well.
As for the bananas, I am not sure whether or not you could sub that for another fruit.
Myself, I’m not a big fan of bananas, I sometimes like them, but one is usually more than enough for me.
It’s just…I really hate their guts when they get all spotty and disgusting. If I see another “article” telling me I need to let them ripe until they’re black and smell like alcohol I will probably vomit. Or roll my eyes.
I like bananas when they’re fresh. Their smell is different and their sweetness is perfect.
I used a fresh banana for the almond cream. I was going more for the almond flavor than the banana flavor, so a ripe banana would overpower the almonds here (have tried this as well).
You also have the option to add some chopped almonds to the cream after you’ve blended everything in the end – I think it gives the whole thing a nice texture.
For the smoothie I used the one poor banana I had rotting on my desk for weeks. It looked like it came out of the dream of one of those black banana fans out there. That spotty banana made the shake perfectly sweet – not too much, just enough. And lucky me, did not smell that much like a shot of vodka.
Both recipes are very easy and require just a hand blender or a normal blender and 2-3 minutes to blend it all together. However you will have to soak the almonds overnight so they blend well.
The almond cream recipe really reminds me of my childhood when almond cream was one of the cheapest and luckily my favorite dessert which my parents could afford. Unlike this recipe the original uses milk, sugar and some other stuff I’m not a big fan of right now.
Health and Beauty Benefits
This recipe is very simple and quite healthy. It’s high-fiber and rich in magnesium and potassium and also in vitamin E – a great anti-aging vitamin. I wouldn’t say that people who want to lose weight right now should make this recipe every day, but in case you crave something sweet – this is a good option. Also we soak the almonds, not only so they blend easier, but also so we can absorb better their amazing nutrients.
2 delicious healthy desserts with only 3 ingredients
- 0.5 cup almonds
- 1 banana
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- For the almond cream dessert: Soak almonds overnight. Rinse and drain. Put almonds and one banana in your hand blender jar, add a pinch of vanilla (I used the not overly ripe banana here). Blend until smooth. Optionally chop some almonds and mix into the cream or on top. Place the almond cream into a small dessert glass (mine was about 50ml) and enjoy.
- For the shake: Soak almonds over night. Rinse and drain. You can now either proceed like the recipe for the cream or just blend everything in your smoothie blender until very smooth - almonds, banana (ripe), vanilla and 1/3 to 1/2 cup water (depending on how sweet and thick you want the drink). With my blender I find it easier to first blend the almonds and the banana until very smooth and then add the water. But this will be different for every blender. Enjoy!
Hope you enjoy this quick and easy recipe, don’t forget to let me know how it goes if you make it 🙂