Where all my ice cream people at? Ok, now where all my banana people at? Specifically those of you who can’t seem to get through bunch of bananas without having to toss some or make ANOTHER loaf of banana bread. There we go, I’m talkin’ to you.
I’m sure you’ve heard of banana “nice cream.” If not, allow me to enlighten you. It’s what you make when you’re craving ice cream but trying to be “good.” Pop a few frozen ones into a heavy duty blender, maybe splash in some almond milk, cinnamon, vanilla and maybe even a little salt. And voila!!! Nice cream.
This recipe is basically that, but takes it one step further. I made it for my parents for their lock-in anniversary dinner. Since they couldn’t go out, I tried to recreate a restaurant scene here at their house and prepare some of their favorite meals. While they were dating, they would always have movie nights with fresh baked Otis Spunkmeyer cookies. They also happen to love Dairy Queen (shout out midwesterners). Or at least they used to love it before they restarted their health journeys. So I thought what better way to recreate some of their favorite dessert items with a more guilt-free option.
Alright, let’s get into it. Here’s what you’re going to need.
- 4 frozen bananas
- Creamer of your choice (I did almond milk based creamer)
- Milk of your choice (Almond for me!)
- Brown sugar (I said healthy-ish, could probably use coconut sugar too)
- Almond flour
- Coconut oil
- Dark Chocolate of choice (I went with Lily’s mini chips)
Let’s start with the bananas. I would recommend freezing them overnight. The more frozen, the easier it will be to get that really thick and creamy ice cream texture. I have tried before with only 30 minutes to an hour of freezing and ended up having to add ice which, in my opinion, ruins it a bit. That means you’re gonna have to plan ahead a little or have frozen bananas on hand. Which you may want to do after tasting this creation.
I should add that this made 3 full servings. I have not tried it with halving the ingredients, but I would recommend making this portion and storing any left over you may have. I say that because sometimes frozen bananas in a blender like a Vitamix are tricky if there isn’t enough volume in the blender. Just the mechanics of it. So yes, if you’re eating for one, you may have to exercise some portion control. Or not. Calories do not count in quarantine.
Back to the bananas. Put 4 bananas in the blender and add a splash of your creamer of choice. Next take your almond milk and do the same. I probably used about 1/4 cup to half, but keep in mind you can always add more liquid to the bananas to help them blend. But once you add in too much, you’re pretty much doomed unless you add another frozen banana or ice (bleh). I added 1/2 a tsp vanilla and salt and cinnamon to taste. Lastly plop in a few of the dark chocolate chips and blend. You’re going to stir in the rest later.
If you want your ice cream sweeter you could take things up a notch with a few dates, sweetener of your choice or plop in some of the brown sugar from the dough. I did none of these things, but I imagine it to be pretty tasty as well.
Moving on to the cookie dough portion. This part takes some eyeballing too depending on what type of flour you decide to use. You can also use butter or ghee instead of coconut oil for this next part. I used about 1/2-1 cup of almond flour, 1/4-1/2 cup brown sugar, at least 1 Tablespoon melted coconut oil and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. Then as many chocky chips as your little heart desires. WASH YOUR HANDS then roll that mixture up into little balls and blend in with the banana mixture.
Leave some left over so you can roll up a few for a garnish/topping. If you are having trouble getting the mixture to stick together, add more oil/butter/ghee.
That’s pretty much it! Now you’re ready to stir in more chocolate chips (so that they stay whole for those big chocolatey bites), serve, garnish and enjoy.
You might wanna save this recipe to show off to your friends once this lock-down is through, so here it is in a nice little photo that you can save or screenshot and keep with you forever and ever. Not to mention, MAJOR brownie points for you amongst your friend group if you show up with these in hand.