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Healthy 'ice-cream' bars

There are 2 very simple ways to make me happy: 1) pasta with tomato sauce, 2) ice-cream (my ultimate weakness)! These super yummy (and extremely easy) healthy 'ice-cream' bars should keep you sane during the week! Check it out - the base is a peanut butter 'ice cream', the middle is a 'caramel sauce' with a nice crunch of walnuts, almonds and granola, and the top is a nice thin layer of my favorite fruits!

Healthy ice cream bars

Here's the recipe of the healthy 'ice cream' bars I shared on Instagram. These are super yummy and easy to make and can be kept in the freezer for up to 5 days. Note that I have two options (vegan, and not vegan using greek yoghurt) - both are yummy but it depends on what you like!


For 8 bars you will need:


- a small square tin tray which has a removable bottom (for easy flipping and removal). I got mine from Lakeland


- For the top layer: 1 yellow banana (not too ripe), 4-6 strawberries, handful of blueberries


- For the caramel: 1 cup of seedless dates, 1/2 cup of hot water


- For the crunch in the middle (optional): handful of granola


- For the peanut butter 'ice cream base':


- Vegan option: 1 pre-frozen banana (cut into slices and stored in an air tight container the night before), 1 heaping tbsp organic creamy peanut butter (no palm oil), approx 6-8 walnuts, handful of shaved almonds, 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup almond milk


- Non-vegan option: 4 tbsp regular non-fat yogurt, 1 heaping tbsp organic creamy peanut butter (no palm oil), approx 6-8 walnuts, handful of shaved almonds, 3/4 cup oats



Steps:


1. Place the dates in a bowl and cover in boiling water for 10 mins. Meanwhile wash and chop your fruits and place them nicely in the tin tray.



2. Once the dates are nice and soft, place them in a blender with 1/2 cup of the same water which is in the bowl and blend. Add more of the water as you see fit until you reach a nice caramel-like consistency



3. Pour the 'caramel' over the chopped fruits and place them in the freezer for about 30 mins. In the meantime prepare your ingredients for the base.



4. Blend together the ingredients of the base until the consistency is nice and smooth. Take out the tray from the freezer and place a layer of granola (optional) then pour over the peanut butter 'ice cream' base. Place back in the freezer for approximately 2-3 hours.


5. Take them out of the freezer, chop them into 6-8 bars and enjoy!


You can serve those right away or keep them in the freezer for unto 5 days. Make sure you thaw each bar for about 10 mins before eating!


Can't wait for you to try those! Send me a pic or tag me on Instagram so I can see your wonderful creation!

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