This is modified from an Alton Brown recipe on the Banana episode of Good Eats. I replaced the cream with coconut milk and the corn syrup with agave nectar to make it vegan and healthier. I also added the optional carob chips and coconut flakes, which my friends agreed really worked well with the banana flavor. Despite its healthiness, this recipe is still luxuriously thick, "creamy," and rich. Instead of chilling the mixture before putting it in the ice cream maker, you can use frozen bananas. Be sure to use regular (not light) coconut milk. Cooking time is freezing time in ice cream maker.
- Place all ingredients except shredded coconut and carob chips in blender or food processor. Puree, scraping sides occasionally, until uniform.
- If you used frozen bananas, pour the mixture directly into the frozen cannister of a 1-quart ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's directions.
- If you used room-temperature bananas, chill the mixture in your refrigerator for at least a few hours before pouring into the frozen cannister.
- If you don't have an ice cream maker, you can freeze the mixture and then puree it again in your food processor, but it won't be as creamy.
- If using shredded coconut and/or carob/chocolate chips, add them to the ice cream maker in the last 5-10 minutes.
- Enjoy, and store leftovers in the freezer.
I made this last night, but forgot the agave nectar. It was still good that way, but I had enough coconut milk left over to make it again tonight so I could really review the recipe properly. Wow! With the addition of agave, it actually seemed like ice cream! It was good without, but wow! even better with. I liked it with the carob chips too, but it's also really good without. Thank you for the yummy treat! Reviewed for the Veg*n Recipe Swap.
DD (toddler) says this ice cream is good. Sorry I did not make it vegan. The can of coconut milk I had was totally separated with hard white bits and a clear jellyish liquid! I know, I know I should only buy organic, it was not :/ I happened to have homogenized milk on hand even though we don't purchase or consume it, I used it since I had already committed to make this for DD right away. DD didn't mind but I don't feel milk is good for her (we have allergies to dairy, especially milk), I used frozen bananas which works well, halal vanilla paste in a bit less amount, I trusted DD to taste it and tell me when I had added enough white sugar! Another thing we avoid but what could I do, I don't use agave as I don't think it is healthy at all either. I think I used a bit more sugar than the called for amount of agave. I did add carob chips, she liked it with and without. A toddler, she was already eating the ice cream before it was done... I would like to try this again with organic full fat coconut milk and a different sweetener than called for and than I used so I can try it as well and it will be more healthy! Made for Veggie Swap 31 ~ February 2011.