March 16, 2016

Vegan Chocolate Banana Ice Cream!

Have you ever tried banana ice cream? It's a creamy goodness that can't be missed. No dairy, no refined sugar, no vegetable oils, no "low fat" labels... only 3 ingredients!

If you're still not convinced, let me remind you of the title - "Chocolate Banana Ice Cream!" For all the raw vegans and health-seeking dieters out there, this recipe allows you to go back to the times of chocolate ice cream binging without ruining your digestive system in the aftermath! I've tried testing my limit on how much banana ice cream I can handle in one serving, and I've surprisingly had no headaches or stomach problems afterwards! It can be a fulfilling breakfast or late night dessert, depending on your preference.

Serving for 1

Prep Time: 10-15 minutes

Equipment: A high-end blender is highly recommended, the one I use is Vitamix!
Ingredients:

Frozen Bananas - 3 to 5
Cacao Powder - 1 to 2 spoonfuls
Water - 1 to 2 tbsp
Cacao Nibs - optional

Aim for purchasing the organic version of these ingredients, when possible!
Preparation:

1. Peel 3 to 5 bananas, depending on how much ice cream you want, break each into 3 to 4 pieces and store them in a plastic bag to put in the freezer for a minimum of 2 hours
2. Pour banana contents into Vitamix, along with the spoonfuls of cacao powder and tablespoons of water (the water makes it slightly creamier and easier to get out of the blender)
3. Blend on a high setting, for the Vitamix, use the setting designed for frozen desserts (the snowflake symbol)
4. Once the bananas have broken down evenly and thoroughly in the blender, carefully scoop out the creamy bliss into a bowl
5. Sprinkle some radical-fighting, antioxidant-rich cacao nibs for a crunchy topping! By themselves, cacao nibs may taste bitter, but when combined with banana cream, they add the chewy effect to your ice cream which is why I always use them for this recipe!
6. Once you've added your toppings of choice, enjoy right on the spot if you like it creamy, or pop it in the freezer for about 20 minutes if you prefer hard ice cream!

The finished product! Yummm...
I hope this special and healthy kind of ice cream proves to be as satisfying and delectable for you as it has been for me!


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