I am never going to be stumped for something to serve a Vegan dinner guest for desert again!!
This quick recipe, from Treehugger, makes a rich a creamy “ice cream” like desert that is completely Vegan and uses no dairy substitutes. How does this work? The answer is . . . BANANAS!!!
It is great to have another recipe that uses those bananas that are just starting to go too brown and are not so nice for eating anymore. Honestly, there is only so much banana bread a girl can eat, or give away to friends. To make this recipe all you need is bananas, a blender, and about 5 minutes of time. The secret is popping the bananas in the freezer beforehand. Unlike other fruit there is more sugar in bananas than water, so when you freeze them and then put them in a blender they do not break apart and go slushy. Instead, they stick together and turn into a rich creamy mixture not all that dissimilar from ice cream. Once you have the base mixture of blended banana, you can pretty much add any ingredients you want to make your personal ice cream flavor. All sorts of frozen fruit combinations would work here or you can use fresh fruit, but then have to pop in back in the freezer for a bit before eating. Also, nuts or chocolate never go amiss in ice cream. I chose cherry and dark chocolate, but hey . . . get crazy . . . experiment a little . . . and have fun.
Cherry & Dark Chocolate Vegan “Ice Cream”
Adapted from: Treehugger
- 4 browning bananas, chopped into 40 mm or 1 inch pieces and frozen
- 680 grams or 24 ounces cherries fresh or bottled/canned with juice
- 125 grams or 4 1/2 ounces of chocolate chips
Make sure you peel and chop up the banana into pieces before you put it in the freezer. I did not originally do this, and could not peel my frozen bananas.
Place the frozen banana pieces and your chosen fruits into your blender and pulse. This will help break up the larger chunk of frozen banana to make it easier for your blender to process. Once you have pulsed a few times, blend the banana and fruit into a creamy puree, add more juice for extra flavor. Mix in any toppings like chocolate chips or chopped nuts.
Your mixture should be the consistency of ice cream, and can be eaten right away. If it is too liquid from juice or melting, pop it back into the freezer for a few minutes to harden up.