• Easy Eats

    Peanut Butter “Ice Cream” (Daniel Fast/Whole 30 Approved Gluten + Dairy Free)

    Daniel Fast/Whole 30/Gluten Free "Ice Cream"

    Have you tried the faux ice cream (AKA nice cream) that’s made with bananas?  It’s now my new favorite thing.  I’ll be honest, if you don’t like bananas, you should pretty much skip these recipes.  However, if that’s not you, these are DELICIOUS.  I whipped up the simplest one ever the other day and it’s so good that even my kids like it.  I can’t really think of a diet that this wouldn’t fit the guidelines of so feel free to indulge.

    I have a pretty big sweet tooth which makes doing a Daniel fast pretty difficult at times.  Whole 30 is much the same just with meat.  One night while on the Daniel fast (I did a 7 day one at the start of the new year.),  I was craving something sweet pretty bad. Usually I can satisfy the sweet tooth with an apple and all natural peanut butter.  This particular night, all I wanted was ice cream.  I decided I needed to figure out something that would suffice and here’s what I came up with.

    Daniel Fast/Whole 30/Gluten Free "Ice Cream"

    It’s three ingredients.  That’s it! Here’s what you need for a single serving.

    Ingredients: 1 Frozen Banana, 1 Tbsp Date Honey, 1 Tbsp Natural Peanut Butter

    What’s date honey you ask?  You can check my post about Daniel fast recipes HERE to find it.  But to simplify it for you here, it’s boiled down dates, water, and cinnamon.  (It’s the dark brown stuff in picture above.) Sounds kind of unappealing put like that but it’s great for adding sweetness to oatmeal, smoothies, etc.

    Daniel Fast/Whole 30/Gluten Free "Ice Cream"

    A note about natural peanut butter:  Make sure that it has only peanuts and salt in the ingredient list.  If you don’t check, you’d be surprised how many products are labeled “natural” and still have added sugar.

    Daniel Fast/Whole 30/Gluten Free "Ice Cream" Daniel Fast/Whole 30/Gluten Free "Ice Cream"

    All you need to do is blend everything together in a food processor (I’m loving my mini Kitchenaid I got for Christmas!) and put it in a container back in the freezer for at least an hour.

    Daniel Fast/Whole 30/Gluten Free "Ice Cream" Peanut Butter "Ice Cream"

    Top it off with some nuts, unsweetened coconut , and/or some extra nut butter drizzle.  Now that I’m not on a fast or diet of any kind, I want to try it with some cocoa powder or at least top it off with some chocolate chips.  Because, you know, chocolate!  If you want to make more, it’s just a basic 1 to 1 to 1 ratio. (ie: A batch for three people would be 3 bananas, 3 Tbsp date honey, and 3 Tbsp nut butter.)

    Daniel Fast/Whole 30/Gluten Free "Ice Cream" Daniel Fast/Whole 30/Gluten Free "Ice Cream"

    What are some of you favorite healthier versions of desserts?


  • Mommyhood

    The Daniel Fast // Week 1 Reflection

    Photo by David Vázquez on Unsplash

    So last week I started my very first Daniel fast.  What’s a Daniel fast?  To make a long story short, it’s a spiritual fast that requires you to lean more into prayer and into your relationship with God through self discipline.  I can’t have meat, dairy, caffeine, alcohol, and sweeteners.  I like to think of it as a vegan whole 30.  Want the long story?  Click HERE for a more in-depth explanation and more if you’re interested in doing one yourself.

    Why am I doing it?

    Typically, someone starts a Daniel fast when a big decision needs to be prayed about, there is something specific you need to pray through, etc.  For me, I read about fasting for your children in my book for small group and knew that was something I needed to do.  Gav made a big change on Monday (which is why I started when I did) when he transferred to his new elementary school.

    This past year has been a weird one for Gav and me and I knew that it was going to take some hard prayer to cut through this season.

    What was the week like?

    Let’s just say that I picked a doozy of a week to start a fast.  This first week was packed with stress, temptation, and plenty of opportunities to just say “forget it”!  On Monday, one of the parents at the dance studio brought in these absolutely delicious pumpkin loafs with brown butter icing in these perfect little ceramic loaf pans.  There was one that I could have taken home.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!  My inner basic chick was screaming but I left it.

    Tuesday was met with a family emergency complete with an unexpected surgery.  Running around, helping, making phone calls, and carrying a 30 pound toddler on my back while doing it was actually a great distraction from the fact that all I wanted to do was pull into a drive thru and grab some edible feelings.  Tuesday was also Halloween.  Don’t worry, I have a stash for when my 21 days is up.

    Wednesday through Friday weren’t that bad and the book I ordered (same as the Daniel fast resource I linked above) came in and I was excited to explore new recipes.

    Saturday was our church’s first women’s prayer gathering which was nothing short of amazing.  However, it was at 7 AM, I woke up at 5:30, and some caffeine would have been nice.

    By the time Sunday came around, I was feeling a bit more confident and ready for the next week.  I have a few more choices now that I have new recipes and I’m getting pretty creative.

    Let’s get real…What’s it like without coffee?

    I won’t lie to you.  I got to day 3 and legitimately would have done anything for a cup of coffee.  And as much coffee as I drink for my size, it’s safe to say that my body probably craves it.  Luckily I already take medicine on and off for headaches so I just went ahead and preempted any withdrawal I might have.  I was also just plain tired.  Not quite that first trimester of pregnancy tired (mamas, you know what I’m talking about!)  but still just trying to scrape whatever I could from my energy reserves.  The tiredness did subside a bit but I still really love my coffee.

    What have I noticed?

    I’ve definitely started to redirect myself to prayer when I start thinking about food and the restrictiveness.  Oddly enough, I’ve become calmer, less quick to anger.  I feel better and I’m less bloated (maybe TMI but it’s true).

    Most importantly, I’ve seen a change in my relationship with Gav.  Already there’s been more patience, there’s more attachment and closeness.  I know that Ro becoming a VERY active toddler means that Gavin has received less attention.  He has been told more times that I can count that he’s the big brother and he has to set the example, or that Ro is just two he doesn’t understand, or I’m simply just attending to more of Ro’s needs because he can’t do as much for himself yet.  I understand that Gavin may be feeling less and that is so not what I want for my sweet boy.  I’ve made it a point to tell him that he was wonderfully made by God and that he is special because of that.  We are reconnecting and it’s made my mama heart so happy.

    Have you ever done a fast?  What did you learn?