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Banana Ice Cream

Happy New Year everyone!

New Year's resolutions are flying left and right right now, so what better post could I start the year off with than the healthiest ice cream in the world?

Chocolate Ginger Ice Cream

If you are looking to try something new or make some healthy changes or additions to your diet this year then please give this a try. It's magical and you'll love me for it.

Behold. BANANA ICE CREAM!

Healthy Ice Cream

Unless you've been living under a rock you probably know all about banana soft serve ice cream. I admit I'm a little late to the party on this one, but if you're anything like me, that is ice-cream obsessed, then this could quite possibly change your life. Especially if you are vegan or lactose intolerant. I should also mention that this "ice cream" is completely guilt free. What could be better?

Ice cream has always been one of my favourite cheats. Mint chocolate to be specific. The stuff is like crack! Thanks goodness for this alternative...and my self-control, hehe. I think I first discoverd banana ice cream from the lovely Angela over at Oh She Glows. It was her healthy vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie 'Blizzard' that got me interested.

100% natural and vegan. No chemicals or preservatives. 100% dairy free. Totally kid-friendly and so so easy to make.

Dairy Free Ice Cream

If you've never done this before all you need is a food processor, some frozen bananas and a few mix-ins. It's that simple. Just take your frozen banana's and whiz 'em up, scraping frequently, until you have silky-smooth ice cream. Next time you find yourself craving a big bowl of ice cream give this a try and I promise you will be satisfied.

When you process the banana's, you'll first notice that they turn granular. They might even turn into a single ball that spins around the food processor, but not to worry, just keep processing and the banana's will start to turn creamy around the edges. This is when you'll want to stop and scrape down the sides, then continue blending and scraping creamy consistency. You can always add a little splash of milk (non-dairy if you wish) to help it along. The whole process should take about 5 minutes in total.

Banana Soft Serve Ice Cream

It's great plain just the way it is, but if you're feeling extra decadent, definitely give this recipe a try.

How to make vegan banana ice cream

Chocolate Ginger Banana Ice Cream gluten free, vegan (serves 2-3)

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Ingredients:

  • 3 peeled banana's, cut into chunks and frozen for easy processing
  • 4 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • splash of pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp crystallized/candied ginger, chopped

Directions:

  1. Peel and cut your banana's into smaller chunks, then freeze in a zipper bag for at least 2 hours (I will freeze them over night and often have some in the freezing handy at all times - perfect for smoothies too).
  2. Blend banana's in a food processor, stopping to scrape down the sides every so often until they resemble soft serve ice cream.
  3. Next add in your cocoa powder, ground ginger and vanilla and process until combined. Then with a spatula or spoon stir in chopped ginger.
  4. You can enjoy it right away or transfer to a freezer friendly container to store in the freezer. If you do store it in the freezer it will become solid again, just use an ice cream scoop when you are ready to serve it. Just like real ice cream!

**Note** Please don't try to make this in a blender. There isn't enough surface area for the blades to chop the banana's and will not turn out. Bring out the food processor for this one.

Vegan Blizzard

Have you discovered banana soft serve yet? What's your favourite ice cream flavour?

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Reader Comments (6)

Hi there. Food on Friday: Ginger is open for entries. This looks like a good one! I do hope you link it in. This is the <a href="http://caroleschatter.blogspot.co.nz/2013/01/ginger-recipe-links-food-friday.html#"> link </a>. Please do pop back to check out some of the other links. Happy New Year!
January 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarole
Jennifer, thank you for linking this in to Food on Friday. We are now getting a great collection of dishes using ginger together. I hope you have stopped by some of the other links to check them out!

Ps I have just signed up to follow your blog on Gooogle Reader. A follow back to Carole's Chatter would be wonderful – or have you already followed? Cheers

Ps If you would like email reminders of future Food on Fridays, just pop by and comment and include your email - I won't publish it - and the reminder will be by bcc so it will remain private
January 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarole
mmmm chocolate and ginger, my favorite :) Not to mention healthy banana icecream, definitely cannot go wrong with this recipe. I need to start freezing my bananas once they're ripe to make this recipe!
Thanks :)
Ah, yes. Me too, I'm not alone. I love chocolate and ginger together.
January 12, 2013 | Registered CommenterJennifer
Even though it's below zero here I couldn't wait any longer to make this. I will definitely be making this again, thanks for sharing!
January 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa
@Melissa - The cold weather doesn't stop me either. Enjoy!
January 26, 2013 | Registered CommenterJennifer

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