I can’t seem to get through to people how good this ice cream is. I realize that it isn’t true ice cream in the sense that it has dairy. However it is just as creamy and delicious as regular ice cream without all the added sugar and you don’t need an ice cream maker! This Dairy Free Chocolate Banana Ice Cream is relatively healthy and delectably good.
I know that I am picking a crazy time to post this in the dead of winter. Except at this point in our rise of healthy eating for the year you might be looking for some kind of dessert goodness right about now.
There is a little bit of preparation for this recipe. You have to have some frozen banana. When I grocery shop for the week I see if there are any marked down overripe bananas. The best ones to get are where they are a little bruised but not completely dark. When they are ripe then they are at their sweetest point.
I peel then slice the bananas and put them in the freezer to harden. Unfortunately, I have a narrow refrigerator/freezer and a cookie sheet won’t fit in it. The ideal situation would be to place the slices on a cookie sheet and freeze them. Since I don’t have that ability I put the slices in an ice cube tray and freeze the slices that way.
After they are frozen, I then put them in freezer bags and keep in the freezer. I continually add frozen slices to the bags because when you make the ice cream it does use up quite a bit.
Healthy, Dairy Free
What I love the most about this recipe is that the ingredients are natural and there isn’t any added sugar. For those of us that are health conscience and trying to keep the sugar low this is a yummy dessert.
You don’t have to use all the ingredients I did. I just love peanut butter (or almond butter) and chocolate. The peanut butter gives this some richness. The chocolate gives it some…well chocolate anything is good. When I am making this you do have to add some liquid and I always use almond milk. It then keeps the recipe dairy free.
The added bonus is that you can make this and serve it as a stunning dessert for guests or just an at home treat for you and your family!
- One banana, sliced into coins and frozen
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, (I used dutch baking cocoa)
- 1 tablespoon almond butter or any other nut butter
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- splash of almond milk, as needed
- Add all of the ingredients to your high powered blender. If the mixture is too clumpy or too thick then add splashes of almond milk to get to the desired creaminess.
- Eat right away as it melts fast! Enjoy!
lightly adapted from The Buddhist Chef