Traditional ice cream is typically high in fat, sugar and calories. This breakfast is a wonderfully creamy take on ice cream and can be prepared in less than 5 minutes. There is no added sugar in this breakfast; the sweetness comes from the natural sugar found in bananas. The bananas should be frozen overnight for the best texture and overripe bananas preferred because they have a sweeter taste than green bananas.
To make this a quick weekday breakfast, instead of making homemade granola, we chose Nature’s Path Pumpkin Seed and Flax Granola for the topping, which is available at Wal-Mart or Publix. This granola was chosen because it contains super foods flax and pumpkin seeds.
Matcha powder is produced from finely grinding green tea leaves that have undergone a special growing and drying process. It is typically added to water to make tea and is used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, although it is becoming popular as a food additive. You can find it in the tea section of grocery and specialty stores. It is higher in caffeine and other nutrients and loose-leaf green tea. Matcha green tea powder is also high in antioxidants. Antioxidants protect healthy cells against damage from free radicals, which can be produced in the body, eaten in food, and encountered in the environment. Antioxidant properties of green tea protect the heart by decreasing LDL (“lousy” cholesterol) and increasing HDL (good cholesterol). Some research found that another compound in green tea (catechins), may protect against cancer, but more research still needs to be done.
Pumpkin seeds and flax seeds are high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Fiber promotes health of the gastrointestinal tract and may help reduce certain types of GI cancers. Omega-3 fatty acids decrease inflammation and have heart protective benefits; see yesterday’s post for more benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.
For a lower carbohydrate option, instead of granola, top with pumpkin seeds and/or ground flax seeds.
To turn this into a healthy chocolate dessert, substitute 1 tbsp dark cocoa powder for the matcha powder. Stay tuned to find out the superfood benefits of cocoa!
Banana Matcha “Nice” Cream
Ingredients: Serves 2
- 2 frozen bananas
- ¼ cup low fat or fat free milk
- 2 tsp matcha powder
- Blend bananas, milk, and matcha powder in a blender or food processor until smooth.
- Serve with granola, pumpkin seeds, ground flaxseed and/or fresh berries.