How amazing would it be if you could eat Ben and Jerry’s ice cream every day and still be healthy? Ever since I was diagnosed with having a dairy allergy I have longed for that sweet creamy flavor of ice cream. Here in this simple and delicious paleo fruit smoothie are the creamy flavors of Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream.

Ingredients

  • 1/2-1 cup coconut milk ( 0.99 cans at Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 cup frozen unsweetened cherries
  • 1 ripe frozen banana
  • 2-3 tablespoons honey or sweetener of choice
  • handful of paleo chocolate mini chips
  • You can ommit chocolate if need be and it still tastes just as good!

Health Benefits

Cherries

Cherries are packed with antioxidants that help replace free radicals in the body before they can cause any damage. Cherries contain Queritrin, a flavonoid that is one of the most potent anti-cancer agents.

Coconut Milk

Coconuts are rich in fiber, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. In Sanskrit, the coconut palm is known as kalpa vriksha – ‘tree which gives all that is necessary for living’.

Bananas

Bananas promote regular bowel movements and are rich in Vitamins C, A, and B6 as well as manganese, potassium, fiber, protein, magnesium, folate, riboflavin, niacin, and Iron.

So next time you get a craving for some ice cream try out this smoothie and let me know what you think!