While Cecelia's sister enjoyed her honeymoon in Italy this summer, we were inspired to hit the kitchen and recreate one of our favorite Italian desserts. Affogato is a coffee based dessert created by "drowning" gelato in espresso, so really, what could be better? We wanted to make a bit more nutritious version of "gelato" to have an excuse to enjoy this treat often this summer. So we made ours dairy free, naturally sweetened with fruit sugar, and with added protein and superfoods. The final outcome is even better than we imagined, join us!
Chocolate Banana Affogato
PREP TIME: 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 10 minutes
Dairy Free "Gelato"
1 frozen banana, peeled
1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla soy milk (or milk alternative of your choice)
4, 1 oz ice cubes
1 Tbsp almond butter
1 Tbsp cacao powder
2 tsp maca powder
1 shot of espresso* (reserved to top "gelato")
To make the banana "gelato", combine peeled frozen banana, soy milk, ice cubes, almond butter, cacao powder, and maca powder in a high speed blender and blend on high until mixture is smooth and creamy. You should be able to scoop the "gelato" with a spoon, it should not be liquid. Add banana "gelato" to a glass then pour a warm shot of espresso over the top and enjoy!
*If you do no have an espresso machine, we suggest making double strength coffee and pouring 1 oz of warm coffee concentrate over the top.
If you've never experienced affogato, you're in for a treat. And even if you have, our version is sure to impress. Naturally sweetened by banana, this frozen and caffeine added treat is perfect for a hot and lazy summer day. Once you've had affogato, plain espresso or gelato will just never be the same again, so put them together!
Jess and Cecelia
Jess and Cecelia welcome you to our kitchen. We are fun-loving and passionate foodies working to make the world a healthier, happier place one plant based recipe at a time.