One of the first recipes we fell in love with for its ease and flavor was this BANANA ICE CREAM.
It is creamy, intense in flavor, plenty sweet, and such a treat! It never gets old in our house because there are 101 ways to change the flavor. But today, we wanted to show you how EASY and SIMPLE this Gluten Free-Vegan-Dairy Free-No Added Sugar treat really is!
First, you need to FREEZE your bananas! This seems simple enough, but we know there will come a day when you realize you’ve ran out of bananas from your freezer and you decide to try this anyway. Let us save you time: Don’t! The bananas really need to be frozen here, to get that good ICE CREAM consistency. If you insist on giving it a go, cut the bananas into smaller chunks before freezing for 2-4 hours, but remember you were warned. 🙂
Now, many people ask about the bananas before freezing. How ripe or unripe?
This is personal preference. We have done frozen, barely ripe bananas all the way to almost-trash worthy brown. What we find is that freezing overly ripe, soft bananas makes for an almost too sweet ice cream! This is going to come to your own taste buds and where you are at! We use NO added or substitute sugar in our house anymore (see WHY WE EAT REAL SUGAR). If you are switching from highly processed, sugar-heavy foods, you may find using overly ripe works best to start!
You can add many different ingredients to this to play with it, as well as make Strawberry and other fruit “nice” cream. Below is one of our favorites. It has a hint of coffee/earthy flavor that pairs beautifully with the creamy-sweet bananas! Chaga can be found in most health food stores, online, and even in some major grocery stores now! It is known to be cancer-fighting, immune boosting, and helps with inflammation.
BANANA-CHAGA ICE CREAM
Place Bananas, Chaga, and any optional add-ins in your blender (see our 3 Favorite Kitchen Appliances) and turn on high power.
We have a high powered blender so we use the blender tamper to push down and work the bananas around the blender. If you are having problems getting your ice cream to mix, add 1-2 TBSP to the blender. (This is our must-have blender.) But remember, it is much better to barely have liquid to work through than too much and being left with runny soup! We suggest patience and some muscles to get the right consistency.
Lastly, if you feel it needs to be sweeter, try adding 1 tsp coconut sugar or maple syrup. But really, we find this recipe is delicious all on its own from the bananas!
THAT’S IT! EASY, right!?
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