A healthy dessert (or breakfast!) made with frozen kiwi and bananas blended to an ice cream-like consistency mixed with matcha powder and dates, then topped with cookie dough bites, sprinkles, cacao nibs, and bee pollen for an indulgent, naturally sweetened treat!
I recently completed a 21-day fast eating only fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and water. Straight up… Very minimal seasonings and condiments and no butter. I didn’t think I could feel any more amazing, but I did. And I had numerous people comment on how great my skin and hair looked (that didn’t know I was fasting), which made really sit back and think, maybe I need to get back to using ingredients in their purest forms. Basically the recipes that are on Healthy Little Vittles are plant-based, but I admit that maybe I got a little lax about using store-bought replacements for foods that I miss, like cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, butter, etc. I don’t think that there’s anything wrong with including some of those things occasionally, but I think I was using them more than I want to because it’s a lot easier to pick them up from the store than make them at home, right?
And that goes for ice cream too. It’s wonderful that there are non-dairy replacements, but most of them are still loaded with processed and refined sugars. So when my ice cream craving hit, I decided to go for a sweet treat that didn’t have any added processed sugars, just the sweetness from fruit and a little from maple syrup (in the cookie dough bites). This Matcha Kiwi Nice Cream recipe hit the spot and didn’t leave me with that jittery sugar high I get when I eat too much processed sugars.
Matcha is all the rave right now, and paired with kiwi it was a matcha made in heaven… hehe, see what I did there? If you’re not on the matcha bandwagon (yet), it’s green tea but like times ten, including in its antioxidant content. Matcha also boosts metabolism, detoxifies the body naturally, calms the mind and relaxes the body, is rich in fiber, enhances mood and concentration, provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium, aids in preventing disease and lowers blood sugar. Furthermore, matcha tea contains a unique, potent class of antioxidant known as catechins, which aren’t found in other foods, which provides potent cancer-fighting properties.
So not only are we choosing a healthier dessert when we ditch the processed ice cream for a day and indulge in this Matcha Kiwi Nice Cream Bowl instead, but we’re actually adding a whole lotta health benefits too! I topped my nice cream bowl with some fun gluten-free, vegan, dye-free sprinkles, homemade cookie dough, kiwi, cacao nibs, and bee pollen. Now bee pollen, a mixture of flower pollen, nectar, enzymes, honey, wax and bee secretions, is not by definition vegan, but I decide to include it in my diet for its health benefits, particularly the antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. As someone with autoimmune disease it’s crucial to try to keep inflammation down as much as possible, so I decided to include high-quality, sustainable (save the bees!) honey products into my diet. Cacao nibs (if you haven’t had them) are small pieces of crushed cacao beans, that have a bitter, chocolatey flavor and are highly nutritious, providing an impressive amount of protein, fiber, healthy fats, minerals, and- yep, you guessed it, antioxidants!
So basically these Matcha Kiwi Nice Cream Bowls are one sneakily healthy dessert! And because they are so healthy, I say you go ahead and have it for breakfast, you rebel you! 😉 Hope you love it as much as I did! As always I love to see your re-creations of my recipes so be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook!
And if you’re already a match fan, check out my AVOCADO BANANA MATCHA CREAMSICLES!
- 3 frozen bananas
- 2 frozen kiwi
- 2 dates, pitted
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- 1/2 cup plant milk (like almond, oat, or flax milk)
- gluten-free, vegan cookie dough, rolled into bites/ or crumbled (linked below)
- cacao nibs
- bee pollen
Be sure to have 3 frozen bananas and 2 frozen kiwi in your freezer, I recommend freezing them overnight.
- Make the cookie dough first if you'll be enjoying in this recipe.
- Then place the frozen banana, kiwi, dates, plant milk, matcha powder, and vanilla in your blender and blend until smooth.
**NOTE: I suggest adding in little bits of plant milk at a time. You want it to blend nicely and attain an ice cream consistency, but not turn into a smoothie!
**NOTE: you may need to stop your blender and stir to ensure the frozen fruit gets blended up completely.
- Spoon the nice cream into a bowl and top with fresh kiwi, cookie dough bites (or crumbles), cacao nibs, bee pollen, and sprinkles!
- This nice cream is best enjoyed right away, but you may freeze it and consume within a day for the best taste.