The weather is finally starting to get warmer out, and the ice cream parlors are starting to open again. With so many dairy filled temptations, how does a vegan resist the urge to eat ice cream? The great thing is we don’t have resist, we can make our own! You don’t need a fancy ice cream maker to make this ice cream, just frozen bananas!
- Sunspire Organic Dark Chocolate Chips (Can be found at Hy-Vee in the Heath Market)
- Organic Cocoa Powder
- Agave Nectar
- Orange Juice
- Cherries (de-pitted of course)
- Peanut Butter
Here’s one of my favorite simple frozen banana ice cream recipes:
- 3/4 cup Orange Juice
- 1 TB Agave nectar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup soy milk (or any non-dairy milk of your choosing)
- 1 1/2 cups frozen bananas
Simply blend all of these ingredients together in either a blender or food processor. It couldn’t be more simple or delicious and it tastes similar to an Orange Julius! The taste of the banana isn’t as overpowering as you’d think either. Depending on what you pair the bananas with, you can either emphasize their taste, or diminish it (using peanut butter pretty much eliminates the taste of the bananas).
Bananas contain tryptophan, which is an amino acid that can convert to seratonin, which can lead to improved mood. Other health benefits: high in iron, high in fiber, and high in potassium which helps prevent heart problems,
Play around with different recipes, see what you like, and enjoy your guilt-free ice cream treat!