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I wish I was the genius who discovered that blended frozen bananas make easy and healthy ice cream, but I’m not.  Yep, just one ingredient makes sweet and frosty ice cream, free of added sugar, dairy, preservatives, cholesterol, and any artificial ingredients you can find in regular grocery store ice cream.   No ice cream maker required!  Before the summer ends, do yourself a favour and make yourself this treat.???????????????????????????????I keep bags of sliced bananas in my freezer at all times, for smoothies, and for banana ice cream.  Toss bananas into a food processor for a few minutes and you have ice cream.   It’s raw, too!

Earthgiven Kitchen ice cream collage-4But why stick with plain old banana ice cream?  Some ideas for mix-ins….

  • nuts and nut butters
  • chocolate chips
  • coconut milk
  • other fruit like peaches, berries or mango
  • crushed cookies
  • salty pretzels
  • grated fresh ginger
  • cacao or carob powder
  • protein powder
  • vanilla
  • mint leaves
  • spices like cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg
  • candy sprinkles
  • jam

….. the flavour combinations are endless!

Here is a recipe for our family’s most requested ice cream flavour…
Earthgiven Kitchen peanut butter fudge ripple ice cream (8)Peanut Butter Fudge Ripple Ice cream

3 frozen sliced bananas
2 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp chopped nuts
4 Medjool dates, pitted
2 tbsp cacao or carob powder

Start by soaking the dates in water to soften.  Drain but reserve the water.  Place the dates and carob/cacao powder in a food processor or blender along with 4 tbsp of the reserved soaking water and blend until smooth.  Scoop out into a bowl.  Voila, fudge sauce without added sugar or fat.

Add the frozen banana slices to the food processor and blend for two to three minutes.   It will start out looking like chunky mush ……and then like magic, it changes to the creamy consistency of ice cream.

Add the peanut butter and blend for a few moments.  Drizzle in the fudge sauce and stir gently.   You can enjoy your ice cream like this right now and it will be the consistency of soft serve.  Spoon into bowls, and top with the nuts.

If you like your ice cream firmer, spoon it into a pan lined with wax paper for about half an hour before scooping.  Spoon into two bowls and sprinkle with the chopped nuts.  Serves 2-3.

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vegan delish appCarrie, the app creator and blogger at Carrie on Vegan has gifted me with download codes for THREE Earthgiven Kitchen readers!  The catch is this time the codes are only for US residents.

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This recipe is being shared with Healthy Vegan Fridays and Foodtastic Fridays.

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Earthgiven Kitchen winners of Vegan DelishCongratulations! I will email you with the details for receiving the app, happy cooking!