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About the Author: John Immel, Asheville, NC

Banana Ice Cream with Almonds

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Banana Ice Cream with Almonds Ayurveda Recipe
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingDigestive Effects Help
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
Effect: Sattvic, Ojas, Prana, Alkalizing
Meal: Snack-Dessert
Recommended for: Summer
Type: Fruits
Style: Western
Occasion: Backyard-picnic-bbq, Game-night, Kid-friendly
Preparation: Puree, Raw
Color: Yellow

Servings: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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ayurvedic perspective

Kids love ice-cream even when their parents eat Ayurvedically. In fact, we have a sneaking suspicion that parents love ice cream too! Banana ice-cream is much healthier than commercial ice-creams. This recipe promises to make your kids go ape. Plus, their new favorite treat will be quick and easy to make at home - so much fun they'll want to participate.

Creamy, smooth and luscious, banana ice cream with almond milk helps rehydrate your body. Bananas are sweet and restore electrolytes on hot summer days. Almond butter provides some heartiness that helps the body prepare for fall. Banana & Almond ice-cream is a perfect way to help your kids celebrate summer. It is completely vegan, and can be made completely raw depending on the almond milk you use.

Prepare for Late Summer Dryness

There's nothing like the feeling of walking out of your house and catching that first hint of fall in the air. The body instinctively knows that change is happening. When the temperatures begin to drop in early August, the body prepares for fall by insulating the skin with fats. As fats are removed from circulation, the blood quickly dries out, which also dries out the skin and the bowels. To rebuild fats and sweeten up the blood, your body will crave heartier, fattier, and sweeter foods than in June or July. Early morning pancakes or homemade zucchini bread are appealing this time of year. You might find yourself pulling your cookbooks off the shelf and looking up recipes for some of your favorite fall and winter recipes. Creamy Banana & Almond Ice Cream, rich in electrolytes, healthy fats and proteins, will help you feel hydrated and nourished as summer turns to fall.

Counter Balancing Cold Foods

Ayurveda generally recommends against cold foods. Cold food shocks the stomach and reduces blood flow to digestion. Food loses some of its nutritional value when frozen. Cinnamon keeps digestion warm while the bananas are melting. A dash of cardamom can also make it more warming and tasty. If it still feels too cold in your tummy, consider adding honey and a dash of black pepper.


Our family saves money by buying bananas in bulk. The kids enjoy peeling and freezing them in zip-loc bags. Simply pull one or two out as needed.

1. Chop two frozen bananas into thirds and add to a blender with the other ingredients.

2. Starting on low speed, puree the mixture until it is smooth and creamy. Serve and enjoy.

This recipe is also delicious with room-temperature bananas as a smoothie.

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.

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do you have any suggestions or alternative recipes if there is a nut allergy involved? thank you Danielle

- Danielle Rottenberg, Black mountain, NC, 08-27-12 (Reply)
Delicious! And healthy! Love it!
- freda blackerby, St louis, MO, 08-29-12 (Reply)
Kafa body types can add cardamom whenever banana is used! :)
- Laura, 07-31-13 (Reply)
I have made this recipe many times, and add other frozen fruit to it as well. Also, last time I added chia seeds and it thickened up even more when I gave it time to re-freeze overnight. Yum!
- Amy Valladares, Ny, NY, 08-01-13 (Reply)
I hate to be critical but I feel I have to as you reach so many people; you know that bananas-- especially frozen ones with almonds are about the worse thing you could give a kid, Right? Consider the gunas (and what the text say)-- this sort of information puts Ayurveda in a bad light and could be quite bad for peoples health.
- Eden Tosch, CA, 08-04-13 (Reply)
Dear Eden,

Cold foods are also forbidden. But, how does the ancient text help parents who break down and buy store bought ice-cream for their kids? The fact is that children will demand treats - and dietary purity itself leads to social isolation, etc that also damages agni. So, a middle ground (with complete disclosure) will be helpful for many parents, and that is the intention. Thanks for bringing up this important point!

- John Immel, Asheville, NC, 08-04-13 (Reply)
This was a great ice cream it is worth the try. It is above average.
- Gregory Wilkin, CA, 05-17-14 (Reply)
I replaced almond butter with sunflower butter and cinammon with cardamom, according to my predominantly pitta dosha and occasional imbalance, and it was delicious
- Eileen, Viera, FL, 07-14-14 (Reply)
Loved it. This has opened up a whole new world in ideas to offer the kids. Thank you so much for this website, it has changed my life!
- Julia Reyes, 12-11-14 (Reply)

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