Banana Ice Cream (Vegan/Dairy Friendly)

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READY IN: 25mins
Recipe by COOKGIRl

My enhanced version of 1-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream found on the Apartment Therapy site. Culling from various comments left by others regarding this recipe I came up with own version-but there are many versions and are only limited by your imagination. A fantastic way to use up a surplus of frozen bananas. The garnish is really tasty with this combination of sweet and salty flavors. Also, the nut garnish was another idea suggestion posted in the comments' section. Other flavor options and additions to the ice cream: peanut/almond/cashew butter, etc., chocolate/carob (chocolate chips, chunks of dark chocolate/gourmet chocolate, cocoa powder), cinnamon or other spices, plain yogurt, rum/brandy, etc., instant coffee grounds, dried fruit: dates, figs, etc. Here's the link to the recipe: http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/stay-cool/how-to-make-creamy-ice-cream-with-just-one-ingredient-093414

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 medium frozen bananas (read *Note below)
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar, to taste (honey, raw sugar, or other sugar can be substituted)
  • 1 (5 5/8 ounce) can coconut milk (can use other substitute including but not limited to soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (not imitation)
  • Garnish

  • 34 cup pecans or 34 cup walnuts, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (*not* imitation!)
  • coarse salt (I used Sicilian sea salt)

Directions

  1. *Note: I took 4 frozen bananas and set them on the counter top for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes the bananas were just starting to soften. Next, each banana was carefully slit down the side, peel removed, and cut into 1/2" slices.
  2. Place the bananas slices, agave (or other sugar of choice), coconut milk and vanilla extract in a food processor.
  3. Blend until creamy, scraping down the sides as necessary. Don't worry if a few bananas pieces don't completely blend-if that won't bother you.
  4. The mixture was transferred to an ice cream maker and churned for close to 15 minutes.
  5. Finally, the ice cream was placed in a freezer container, covered and left to freeze firmly-at least 4 hours.
  6. Garnish:.Toast the pecans or walnuts. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the maple syrup and coarse salt, to taste. Cool briefly then garnish each serving of ice cream with a small spoonful of the mixture.
  7. Servings are estimated. Preparation time includes the churning. Churning time may vary depending on your ice cream maker.

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