Thursday, June 21, 2012

Recipe Redux: Really Magic Magic Shell

I've been having a lot of fun as a part of Recipe Redux. It's hard to believe that it's been a year already since this fun challenge to dietitians to "redux" recipes started. Last year at this time I was just leaving for Texas to start my dietetic internship. Now I am living what's quite close to my dream life. I'm working in a private practice doing one-on-one nutrition counseling, for amazing clients that are trying to heal their disordered eating patterns. I'm living in one of my favorite cities, with a man I love, friends I adore and soon a puppy will be added to my family! I make a living counseling, speaking, writing and tweeting, which is pretty great! I get to run and sweat it out at barre and yoga, and enjoy some of my favorite restaurants. I am one lucky lady.

So why not share a "small bite to celebrate a big event"??   

Why not a little "ice cream" for these hot summer days? With the ever so addictive Magic Shell on top? But not the one bought in stores, that's loaded with refined sweeteners and hydrogenated oils. Oh no. A really magic magic shell. That's liquid at room temperature and solid on ice cream-perfect for cracking?

"Impossible without a food lab!" You say

Oh no. Have you met my friend coconut oil? This awesome oil has a fantastic property that is great to manipulate for ice cream-it's liquid at room temp but rock hard in the cold. Virgin unrefined coconut oil has a host of polyphenols that make it a healthy fat, and quite anti-inflammatory. Yes it is very high in saturated fat, but they are medium-chain triglycerides, which are metabolized differently, and more apt to be burned as fuels than other saturated fats. While there is still a lot of research to be done on the topic, I'm very inclined to use some of the unrefined type in moderation. (stay away from the refined, heat processed varieties!) A great way to enjoy it in moderation? Magic Magic Shell. 
 1 cup coconut oil (at room temperature)
3/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/2 cup agave or maple syrup
Frozen banana ice cream or So Delicious coconut ice cream

In a hand blender, mix coconut oil, cacao powder (if you don't have the raw type, use a dark unsweetened cocoa powder) and sweetener of choice. Let sit. Pour over Ice cream. Crack away! 
Wondering what the heck banana ice cream is? Simple. Freeze one banana. Put in food processer. Add 1 TBS shredded coconut- voila banana ice cream! Don't believe me? Guess you'll just have to try it yourself! That + raw cacao magic magic shell= a delicious raw dessert!

Have a Sweet day!

Want some more sweet treats? Check out these recipes!


Kristen (swanky dietitian) said...

I love love loved magic shell growing up!! This is awesome! I am definitely going to try this!

carlenesfigments said...

I am so happy for you about everything in your life! And you so would be the one to figure out how to make vegan Magic Shell. You rock.

Tanya @ Dine, Dash, and Deadlift said...

A puppy?!?!?! YAYYY!!! :-) That is so exciting. Please dedicate the occasional post to pictures of the new little furball!

Also, DIY magic shell? Nice work creating that one!

Chef Michelle said...

I will definitely try this shell recipe over my next dish of ice cream!

Deanna - Teaspoon of Spice said...

Oh this is genius! I wish I had your recipe a few weeks ago for my daughter's ice cream sundae bar at her party - will have to have another excuse to try it out. So fun having you board with ReDux over the past year!

EA-The Spicy RD said...

Oh my! I am definitely trying this! And, my kids will thank you for this recipe too, because they are going to love it! Happy ReDux! said...

Congratulations on all the mile stones in your life! I still have 1 semester to go before my internship. Can't wait to get started! I also like that you talked about coconut oil -- I think that's definitely a research topic to stay on top of. Thanks for sharing!

Katie @East Meats West said...

Congrats on all your "year" milestones- and for being so creative with this recipe! Can't wait to try it over butter pecan ice cream :)

GrainCrazy said...

What a fun Idea I love it. Yum!

Angela said...

This is brilliant. Totally trying it ASAP! Thanks for sharing such a creative and awesome idea. :)

Molly Jones said...

Congratulations on completing your internship and finding a great job! I just finished my internship too and just started working for a pediatric weight management clinic and interning with Regan. I know how you feel, it's an exciting time in life. Thank you for taking the time to share your homemade "magic shell" recipe, such a great idea!

Molly Jones
Intern for ReganMillerJones, Inc.