You know when you start learning about something and suddenly you want to change everything all at once based on what you now know? Well I’ve gone through my phases the past few years (previously a vegetarian thinking that all meat was evil and then 100% paleo after learning about the pitfalls of the standard American diet, and a few steps in between and now still mostly paleo but adjusted for my fitness levels). I’m currently in the Nutrition Therapy Association’s NTC program and am learning SO many amazing new things about nutrition and am lately feeling the urge to overhaul everything when it comes to water supply. Did you know how much junk is loaded into our tap water? It’s crazy! I won’t go too into it because you can read all about it if you’re interested, but I’ll leave you with that.
While I would love to invest a few grand in our entire water supply at home (including showers and all of the faucets), we don’t own our apartment so that’s not really a viable option. Also, that’s a lotta dough! So after looking into the city of Portland’s water supply and finding that there are abnormally high levels of lead in our water (hey, at least there is no flouride here, I’ll take the small victories!), I immediately went into research mode to find the cheapest, quickest way I could make sure my boyfriend and I are not drinking LEAD with every sip we take. I ended up purchasing a Brita sink filter this week which I snagged for $15 and took less than 10 minutes to install. It probably should have taken less than 5 minutes but I am no home improvement gal, I’ll fully admit.
While this isn’t a long term option and is not 100% perfect, I’m happy with the fact that we’re taking a small step toward making a change based on what we can do right now. And honestly, that’s what it is all about. You don’t have to make massive changes overnight to feel like you’re making strides toward optimal health. I realize this is a tangent (you came here thinking there was a recipe for Chocolate Java Chip Ice Cream, didn’t you?), but I think it’s SO important that everyone realize doing the best that you can with what you’ve got is the KEY to health and happiness.
So basically, if you want ice cream but you’re avoiding dairy…then lucky for you there’s a delicious dairy free Chocolate Java Chip Ice Cream recipe here just for you! Inspired by Katie’s paleo ice cream recipe, this version includes a few different ingredients to give it a chocolate-y, java flavor. It does not require an ice cream maker to prepare and only takes 5 minutes to throw everything together (plus an additional 20 or so minutes to freeze). Tools and ingredients needed for this recipe include:
- 2 frozen bananas
- 2/3 cup coconut cream (I use Trader Joe's brand)
- 2 tbsp nut butter (use SunButter if you're avoiding nuts)
- 1/4 cup strong coffee, chilled
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup strong coffee, shilled
- In a blender, add all of the ice cream ingredients and blend on high for 30 seconds, until smooth. Store in the freezer to chill.
- Next, make the java chocolate chips. Melt the chocolate chips in a small saucepan over low heat.
- Add the coffee and stir together until well blended.
- Put the java chocolate chip mixture into a mini ice cube tray or candy mold. Freeze for about 25 minutes, until frozen.
- Serve the ice cream with the chocolate chips. Enjoy!
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