This MoFo recipe taught me that the simplest method is almost always the best method. I went through three incarnations of ice cream – two that were too fussy and required ingredients that made me feel guilty, not to mention needing an ice cream maker – before settling on something utterly easy, simple, healthy, and delicious.
You can see my first two attempts below, under the ice cream recipe. Both were delicious, but each failed in their own way. My first version was too icy and the second version, though rich with a gelato-like creaminess, had sunflower oil and pure cane sugar. Guilt. (On the plus side, this second recipe also included a sweet-salty granola, a recipe I’ll be sharing next month.)
To make the vegan version of Number 22 (from Scoop Adventures) on 29 Ways to Honor the Glory of Peanut Butter and Jelly I drew inspiration from Leanne Campbell’s companion recipes to the The China Study, The China Study Cookbook. It’s a classic frozen-banana-cum-ice-cream recipe that you can make in minutes as long as you have icy-cold bananas on hand. All I added was peanut butter and instead of using her (outstanding) chocolate sauce, I created a mixed berry sauce sweetened with dates. Feeling no guilt here.
Speaking of simple, healthy desserts, have you entered to win a copy of Chef Amber Shea’s lush cookbook, Practically Raw Desserts? It’s easy. Go here. You’ll also find her recipe for Dulce de Leche Spooncream…
- 4 bananas, cut into slices and frozen
- 1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter
- 3/4 cup non-dairy milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- In a food processor, combine the bananas, peanut butter, non-dairy milk, and vanilla extract and process until very smooth. You'll need to scrape down the sides several times. It helps to have the bananas cut into thin slices rather than thick chunks.
- Spoon the mixture into bowls and top with Mixed Berry Sauce (recipe below).
- 1 8-ounce bag frozen mixed berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, & strawberries)
- 1/4 cup dates, chopped
- 1/4-1/2 cup water
- In a small saucepan, combine all of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat to a simmer, and stir occasionally for about 20 minutes. Let the mixture cool for a few minutes, then transfer to a food processor. Process until very smooth (be careful - it's hot!).
- Store in the refrigerator until ready to use or use immediately.
I have a cold at the moment, am vegan, and just started an undergraduate degree in classical singing xD You really have made my day! I can eat ice-cream to soothe my throat without any sugary nastiness or dairy! Thankyouthankyouthankyou!
Great idea – just what you and your throat needs! I’d send you some hot ginger tea if I could. Feel better soon!
I just froze some ripe bananas for smoothies and soft-serve. I haven’t added pb before but have NO IDEA WHY NOT!!
Extra yummy with a berry sauce too.
I hadn’t made banana soft serve before – – I mean, what?! How silly is that?!
Love your recipes favourite dessert berry ice cream and cheesecake
I’ve never frozen a banana in my life but I would do it for this. Peanut butter and banana = a match made in heaven. Divine!
I resisted making banana “soft serve,” though I’ve been putting frozen bananas in my smoothies forever. Henceforth the freezer shall be well-stocked with bananas!!
I would eat all your attempts at this…mixed together in one giant bowl with A LOT OF GRANOLA on top. YUM!
Now that’s an idea! I like it! Kind of mitigates the unhealthy aspects. Or something like that.
I make a similar version of this too – SO good!! Yours with the mixed berry sauce looks amazing.
It’s so easy I don’t know why I didn’t make it long before MoFo!
I love frozen banana ice cream, and adding peanut butter to it is just brilliant.
Ups the creaminess…not to mention the tastiness.
Oh – this is a fine idea to add some peanut butter in there and top with berry sauce. I thank you, and my family thanks you! 😉
Glad to be of service!
I also love to make banana ice cream just like that, into my beloved Vitamix & what a neat & tasty idea to add your beloved PB in here! That berry sauce looks so tasty too!
I made your tasty PB & jelly rolls yesterday & loved them !!! My husband Peter & I had a ball devouring them! I just ate one now! 🙂 xxx
Oh yeah, this looks heavenly! I haven’t had banana ice cream in a while, but next time I make it I will add peanut butter for sure. I love the fancy berry topping.
Woah….how did I miss THIS post?? Uh, YUM and wow! That looks deeeevine!! 🙂
Oh you gotta make this!! I want to eat it daily…
You had me at PB and banana! I think chocolate would just about complete this, but the berry sauce looks divine too 😀
Oh yeah, the chocolate is damn good.
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