Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Easiest, Tastiest Vegan Banana Ice Cream EVER- Just One Ingredient!


It's an excruciatingly hot time to be a reseller here in North Florida. But I've been enjoying bowl after bowl of banana ice cream (and maybe 12+ cups of water a day!) to make up for it! This banana ice cream is incredibly easy, healthy, and so simple to make! Here's what you do:

Three Steps for Easy Banana Ice Cream:

1. Freeze very ripe (they must be very spotted for maximum sweetness) bananas overnight
2. The next day, blend (or food process) 2 cups of bananas (in my Vitamix it takes seconds) until smooth
3. You can blend with cocoa powder, vanilla extract (1 TBS), and other frozen fruit and sweeteners to taste

Scoop it out, serve, and enjoy! It is SO damn creamy! Eat it fast before it melts!

You can't go wrong with this recipe, as long as your bananas are ripe they will turn out delicious no matter how much or how little extra ingredients you add. Another variation boyfriend and I love is with one packet of stevia powder and 6 tablespoons of cocoa powder to make chocolate banana ice cream! (Pictured here). I like to buy and freeze bananas in bulk, yesterday I got a discount on overripe bananas (perfect for this recipe- or any banana recipe!) and bought home two huge bag fulls for less than .39 cents a pound. At the flea market I've bought 40 lbs for 10 bucks before and peeled and bagged they don't take up much room in the freezer.

What your favorite go-to summer treat? I love this time of year, so many ripe fruit to choose from on sale!
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18 comments:

  1. OH that sounds good!!! I make banana smoothies like that, just with almond milk and some protein powder. so good!

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    1. I've made them with 1/4 cup of almonds, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup ice, and 1 cup bananas and it was incredibly smoothie and creamy! The vitamix blends the water and nuts into a "milk" with the bananas, so good! If you add cinnamon and nutmeg it tastes like eggnog, if you add just cinnamon it reminds me of a Mexican a staple from my childhood, Horchata.

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  2. I've only discovered making banana ice cream this way recently and it's so good! I just need a better blender and I won't dread making it! :)

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    1. It's definitely easier in top-of-the-line blender like the vitamix or in a food processor.

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    1. Indeed ;) Gonna whip some up for lunch soon.

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  4. Wow this sounds so easy, just one ingredient! I may have to invest in this vitamix. We love bananas at our house so this would be perfect. I'd definitely mix in the cocoa powder with mine!

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    1. It's so worth the investment, I use it every many times a day and helps me get so much nutrition in quickly and easy.

      If you order it, get it through this link for free shipping :D

      https://secure.vitamix.com/Professional-Series-200.aspx?COUPON=06-008213

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  5. Yummy!! I did this last summer, and had totally forgotten about it! Thanks for reminding me :-)

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    1. No prob, this is the perfect time of year for a reminder. So hot out!

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  6. I toss a bunch of cubed watermelon into my vitamix along with some frozen strawberries and a little stevia to sweeten it up. It's such a refreshing, delicious slushy-type drink. And my son loves it too!

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    1. I've had a watermelon slush before with stevia, yum! I'll have to try it with strawberries next time. Sounds like the perfect mix.

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  7. Thanks for sharing this recipe, Van. Looks delish! Will need to try it when I have some bananas.

    I also love just freezing ripe bananas in the skin. Just peel and eat. Another good fruit to try is frozen hachiya persimmons - the ones that get mushy when ripe. Put a bunch of them in a closed container with an apple to get rid of the astringency that causes your mouth to pucker. Let them ripen until soft and mushy. Once they're ripe, place them in the freezer, and you will have a nice frozen treat.

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    1. I freeze them without the skins and cut into pieces, seems to stick the bananas if I freeze whem whole. The Hachiya persimmons sounds delicious, gotta try that. We're feasting on ripe figs at the moment :)

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  8. I just discovered this---a-maze-ing! I use a food processor and I added about a tablespoon of PB2 and a splash of vanilla almond milk. Heavenly!

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    1. I used to blend peanut butter with yogurt- so delicious! Gotta try it with this ice cream next. :)

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  9. oh i'd love this! alas we don't have a freezer... believe it or not, in Finland not every household has a freezer, you kind of don't need it if you are a small household of 1 or 2... i guess in winter people just put stuff outside - sorted :) i might have to wait until christmas but will definitely give this a go (using my balcony as a freezer haha!)

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    1. I've witnessed this while living in Italy, doesn't sound so unreasonable to me, especially in a cold place where you can freeze things outside. It's always hot by midday in the South East US even in the winter so a fridge is the norm even for a small household. I've earnestly considered no-fridge living before to save money.

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