If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may notice that I have a variation of banana ice cream 4-5 times a week, minimum. This is a recipe that I make almost every single day because it is easy, delicious, and extremely versatile.
I purchase 40lb boxes of bananas at the wholesale produce market once or twice a month, and since I can’t get through all of the fresh bananas before they spoil, I freeze them when they are ripe and spotty. From this, banana ice cream ensues 🙂 My favorite combo is what I am going to share with you today, cacao banana ice cream. It is raw, vegan, gluten-free, low in fat and something that I never get tired of, or at least not yet, even after 3 years of eating this way.
As for toppings, I always just use what I have in my home. Don’t stress about using particular toppings for this recipe. I encourage you to have fun with it, and design a beautiful and unique bowl of your own. At the bottom of this post, I have included a ton of variations I have made over the last few months, check those out if you want more ideas 🙂
- Remove the bananas from the freezer, and allow to sit on the counter for 5-10 minutes, or as needed to break apart.
- When the bananas are more easily separated, break into thirds, and place into the food processor*. Run the processor until all of the bananas are shredded and start to break down into the ice cream.
- Turn off the processor. Scrape down the sides and add in the cacao.
- Allow it to process again for another 3-4 minutes, or until fluffy and smooth. You may need to open and scrape down the sides periodically.
- Decorate liberally with toppings.
Try and use organic wherever possible! 🙂
Here are variations of my recipe from my Instagram!
Topped with kiwi, cacao nibs and coconut flakes! Topped with coconut flakes and strawberries. To scoop banana ice cream this way, I scoop the initial soft ice cream it into mounds with an ice cream scooper, place onto a plate and into the freezer for 15 mins. Remove and place into your serving bowl individually Topped with passion fruit, a jujube, baby kiwi, and strawberries. Topped with raw chocolate drizzle and berries that were simply warmed over the stove until bubbly. Topped with raw chocolate buckwheat granola, blueberries, strawberries and raw chocolate drizzle. This was actually also featured in The Huffington Post for their 17 Vegan Instagram Accounts You Should Definitely Be Following 🙂 Topped with pomegranate arils and blueberries. Added in some acai powder and topped with kiwi, raw mulberries, strawberries and a side of banana. Made with a few tablespoons of orange juice and topped with dried orange slices. Topped with a Cocoa Crunch Square Bar and raspberries! Topped with cacao nibs and blueberries. Topped with strawberries, blueberries and coconut flakes + a side of dates.