One of the best dieting approaches that I’ve ever tried was the paleo diet. I think a big reason I was such a fan of it is because it afforded me a great deal of flexibility when it came to my meal options. It was even entirely possible to make healthy paleo-friendly versions of some of my favorite desserts – like ice cream. Today I wanted to share with everyone my go-to recipe for making my own homemade metabolism-boosting paleo ice cream. The great thing about this recipe is that it can appeal to a large variety of people – it’s 100% paleo and keto-friendly, while also being totally dairy-free, and best of all, it offers a delightfully decadent chocolate flavor that you’ll go nuts for.
A Healthy Paleo ice Cream That Will Rev Up Your Metabolism
The best thing about this ice cream is undoubtedly the fact it’s an incredibly healthy dessert option. The next best thing would be that it’s extremely easy to make – all you need to do is combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and then pour it all into an ice cream maker.
As for the ingredients that go into making the ice cream, you’ll need two cans of full fat coconut milk, ½ cup of honey, two teaspoons of MCT oil, ½ cup of almond butter, and six tablespoons of cacao powder. Between all of these ingredients, you’ll end up with a paleo ice cream that’s an excellent source of protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Coconut fats are mainly made up of medium chain triglyceride fatty acids, which makes the coconut milk and MCT oil a potent mix to use for adding a good amount of healthy fats to recipes. MCT fats are incredibly popular with keto dieters as well, with numerous studies demonstrating that they are indeed quite beneficial when it comes to helping you achieve your weight loss goals. (1) This is largely due to the fact your body directly converts medium chain triglycerides into energy for fuel, which is the exact process required for keto diets to do their magic.
The almond butter provides another solid amount of healthy fats to the ice cream, mainly in the form of heart healthy monounsaturated fats. And just like with raw almonds, you can get some fantastic health benefits from adding almond butter into your recipes. Almonds are one of the healthiest snacks out there – they’ve been proven to help decrease your risk of heart disease by helping to lower both blood pressure and cholesterol levels. (2)
Raw honey is added to give your ice cream a nice and sweet flavor without having to rely on table sugar. Honey is quite a nutrient-dense ingredient in its own right as well, offering some rather potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. (3) And last but not least, the six tablespoons of cacao powder are used to produce a delightful chocolate flavor for your ice cream. While cacao can be pretty bitter in its natural state, when combined with the honey and other ingredients in this recipe, it produces quite a decadent taste indeed!
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Metabolism-Boosting Paleo Ice Cream
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 10 1x
2 (14 oz) cans full fat coconut milk
½ cup honey
2 tsp MCT oil
½ cup almond butter
6 tbsp raw cacao powder
- Place all the ingredients in a food processor and process to combine.
- Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Serve immediately.
- If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer to an airtight container and freeze for 1-2 hours.